This month’s theme is Haunting Ancestral Cemeteries. Learn how to analyze ancestral tombstones, find obituaries online, and how to prepare and carry out a visit to the cemetery.
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In this episode:
Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke
News from the Blogosphere with Genealogy Insider Diane Haddad
Diane discusses FamilySearch/GenealogyBank obituaries partnership:
Top Tips: Cemetery Research Dos and Don'ts
Lisa chats with Allison cemetery research dos and don'ts.
• Go online to see what’s already available and then plan your visit
• Pack for your outdoor activity! Camera, Sunscreen, Umbrella, Layered clothes, Map of the Cemetery, note taking tools, mirror, water, bug spray
• Ask in the Cemetery office for a map
• Be respectful and observe cemetery rules
Download the Cemetery Transcription Form
Use Google Earth to plot out the cemeteries you plan to visit <http://www.earth.google.com
Grave Transformations Video
Tutorial Article: Gravestone Photo-Editing by Lisa Louise Cooke
• Go alone. Bring a helper with you.
• Be careless around unstable and fragile stones
• Put shaving cream on a tombstone. Water is OK.
101 Best Websites: BillionGraves
About our guest Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves <http://www.billiongraves.com>
: Hudson graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Over the last several years, he has created several technology geared toward connecting families and making genealogy easier to a larger audience through mobile technology. He has been awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Small Business. As President of BillionGraves, he utilizes this leading technology to preserve the world's headstones one picture at a time.
Family Tree University: Analyzing Ancestral Tombstones
Genealogy author and instructor Diana Crisman
Smith explains how to find clues in the tombstones of your ancestors in the video class Analyzing
From the Publisher's Desk
Publisher Allison Dolan tells you how to get the perfect tombstone rubbing.Materials You’ll Need
: Butcher paper or interfacing fabric, waxTop Tips:
- Be sure to ask permission first!
- Don’t do a tombstone rubbing on an unstable stone.
- Use your common sense.
Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke's Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts on iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.