Genealogy Trees | The Role of Cemeteries
As regular readers of this site you know I’m a big fan of making sure cemetery research is a method used for researching your genealogy and family trees. Below is an example from Southern Graves (see link below for original post) on how we can find our past generations using cemetery search methods.
The author of the original post writes…
Mrs. Eliza B. R. Mendenhall died almost 160 years ago on December 29, 1848. She was 67 years of age at the time of her death, so her birth year was about 1781. She, along with her infant grandson John Bruce Limehouse, was interred in St. Philip’s Church Cemetery; Charleston, South Carolina.
I love the wording on this stone. In case you cannot read it via the photo, here is a transcription:
This marble marks the spot where repose
the remains of
Mrs. Eliza B. R. Mendenhall,
Who closed her earthly career on the 29th December A.D. 1848,
aged 67 years.
By her side sleeps her infant
John Bruce Limehouse.
“Thou art gone to the grave, but we will
not deplore thee
whose God was thy ransom, they Guardian
He gave thee, He took thee
and He will restore thee,
and death has no sting for the
Savior hath died.”
This stone is consecrated
to a beloved mother
by her daughter.
(This posting is from Southern Graves. Click the link to view the full article from its original source.)
As you can see from the transcription, there is a wealth of information to help us complete our family trees. Grave stones typically contain extensive records of birth and death dates. They also often cite family members.
By doing the math on age and date of death you can get the date of birth. While not cited here, you sometimes can discover where someone lived from a grave stone as well, which can lead to a local government office and a copy of a birth certificate (which, as you know, will reveal the parents and thus the next generation.)
Don’t overlook cemeteries in our work to build out your genealogy trees. They will save you a ton of time.
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