Check cemeteries for ancestor search. The amount of ancestry information that can be found is bountiful.
Don't be surprised if you
ask someone where to find the "Haynes Cemetery" and the person tells you this:
Go a mile South turn left on route 10 go 1/2 mile turn left continue for 1/4 mile turn
right and go up the lane to "Smith Farm". You are told you will have to get out and
walk thru Mr. Smith's cornfield, because what you are looking for sits in the middle of the cornfield.
The directions are not what we were given but we made several trips to that particular cornfield.
Several of my cousins ancestors were buried there and a couple of our mutual relatives
were also buried there. Then again you might have to walk up a 45 degree angle hill
to get where you want to be. Yes, we did it many times at another location. I got to the
point when going down I just sat down and went down that way. Several years later
my cousin informed me that they had improved the property. Cement stairs and a metal
railing was put in place so you could walk up and down much easier.
While you are out there doing your ancestor search, you will be able to take phots of tombstones and you will be writing off the personal information of your ancestor for your genealogy records. When you come across very old tombstones you may have to take a rubbing. Be sure to have chalk, pencils and paper with you.
Please remember to take all information with a grain of salt. I have seen death
certificates stating one date of death and the tombstone maybe 1 or 2 days off.
Take your camera with you. Take as many photos as you can, this will help with
reading the inscription and any verses that appear on the old tombstones. I like
to read all old tombstones. The inscriptions can be funny or they can be serious.
Also photograph the area that your tombstone is located, especially if you are
in an unfamiliar area. You will be back again when a cousin or other relative
tells you that is where great-uncle Jacob is also buried.
Be prepared with as much information as possible, have camera, chalk, pens, pencils
and paper and a friend or relative along to help you spot tombstones etc.
When you are out and about try to visit as many graves as you can.
Again be prepared for the unexpected and I do not mean family search information.
Take protective gloves and a strong piece of wood or a metal pipe. Gloves in case
you come across poison ivy or poison oak. The wood or pipe is for use in moving
around any tall weeds you find in an unattended location. Also this instrument
is good for chasing off any and all unwanted rodents and snakes.
Wear slacks and strong protective shoes.
Yes, when I remind you about having these objects at hand, I have been there at 2 different locations. Yes, in the cornfield there was poison ivy and my cousin and I were going
to try and set up a thin narrow tombstone that had been knocked down by a heavy tree
branch during a bad storm. Need I say we did not try it because we did not have any
protection from poison ivy.
Also while we were researching in the State of Virginia, we came close to being bitten
by copperhead snakes. We were lucky because the first day we visited the church it
was cold and drizzling, snakes are cold blooded and they went underground.
The next day we went back and a man was on a riding mower cutting the grass. He also
had additional equipment. He was wearing a gun belt with a gun in it. He got off the mower
and told us to only follow in his footsteps and he put gun in hand, because they had
killed 17 copperheads and still had 2 roaming the around. This was a well manicured lawn.
Be prepared and beware!
As you continue your ancestor search you will come across small, large and Catholic and Jewish burial grounds.
Were your ancestors of the Protestant Faith. Did an ancestor belong to a fraternal or
social society. Yes these societies have their own place of burial.
Here is another place to check into, it is about Colorado Cemeteries: Colorado-Cemeteries Genealogy.
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