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Page start - mind dump: [May just put this on the WA state Cems page]
|Cemetery Records reveal:|
|Name of spouse|
|Names of children|
|Symbols (religious, military, other)|
|Don't miss the CLUES!|
- Name of Spouse: Usually only the given name, not a maiden surname.
- Birth place: more common since 1920's
Records work together:
- Marriage records: search for sisters, aunts, and even a widowed mother remarrying. Then search the cemetery(s) for those surnames.
- Obituaries, death certificates, funeral homes, and other death-related records help you identify the cemetery.
Clues in the data
- granite, sandstone, wood
- Sextons (minister/clerk of a church, city employee, family Bible)
- Burial permits (in very settled areas)
Gather/point to items now in the wiki
Find items on the Internet
- To find married (and re-married) sisters, aunts, and even a widowed mother, search marriages. Then check those surnames in the cemetery.
- Relatives are often buried nearby, especially children who died young.
- The earlier a cemetery was transcribed, the better, due to weathering and other damage to tombstones and markers.
- Periodicals often published transcriptions of tombstones. See PerSI (published issues may be easier than the online. An online edition on HeritageQuest Online, available at many public libraries.