Several cultures observe post-Halloween holidays that honor departed family members and others. Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Mexico runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. Many Christians celebrate All Saints Day Nov. 1, with All Soul’s Day on Nov. 2.
(This is a picture I took awhile back during a visit to Boston, showing a gravestone with a winged death’s head.)
In this spirit, the New England Historical and Genealogical Society is offering free access to cemetery databases on its AmericanAncestors.org website through Nov. 7.
Most of the databases are from New England cemeteries, with a couple from New York and one from South Carolina. The database of Cemetery Transcriptions from the NEHGS Manuscript Collections holds transcriptions from New England, New York, New Jerseyand Eastern Canada.
You’ll need to sign up for a free guest registration to AmericanAncestors.org to search and view results. Start your free search of AmericanAncestors.org cemetery databases here here. Remember, the free period ends on Nov. 7.
Once you find your folks, here’s a PDF cemetery transcription form you can download cheaply from Family Tree Shop, then type (or copy and paste) information into it and save it to your computer. Or you can get this and 74 other forms, worksheets and templates in our Essential Family Tree Forms Library CD.