Friday, February 10, 2017

Find A Grave - My First attempt.

Most family historians and genealogists these days know about www.findagrave.com . A place that helps people find the gravestones of family members and ancestors they are searching for. A week ago I put in my first request, which was for someone to photograph my great grandfathers grave, Price Davies. He and his wife Annie are buried at Pant Cemetery in Myrthyr Tydfil.

Since I had done that I decided it would be only right to see if I could help fulfill someone else's request. I signed up to be a contributor and set off for the nearest graveyard that had a photograph request. It was Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery and it was within 2 miles of where I live.  I jotted down a couple of names along with the birth and death dates. Then I set off.

The cemetery is attached to a funeral home so I spoke to someone at the home who asked for the details and then did the research for me to find where in the graveyard the likely people were buried. It took about 20 minutes and then he came back to let me know their locations and sent me on my merry way to find them.

Twenty minutes later and I had photographs of two graves. One had the dates right but the name was slightly difference. I therefore checked back with the website and the person who made the initial request to find out if that was possible a maiden name or a remarried name. It was. I have now added the picture to the site.


So I am happy to announce that at least one of the graves I found matched a request. For the second I have to do some double checking as well. Armed with new details I am going back to see if this person is buried next to a possible husband so we can confirm whether that one is also correct.

All this to say, I am glad I was able to help out. I know a picture of my great grandparents grave is important to me and I will be checking up on Find A Grave a few more times to see how I can help others.

2 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your first Find A Grave offering. That is a nice clear photograph!

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