How to Search a Cemetery

How to Search a Cemetery. c 2008 Arlene H. Eakle, PhD
46 pp. 8 1/2 x 11. Binder. Illustrated. $15.00.
Contents: How Cemetery Records and Inscriptions Expand Your Genealogy. Illustration: Coffin Quilt. Cemetery Inscriptions. How to Search a Cemetery: Introduction, Family Group Sheets: Samuel J. Paxton. Types of Cemeteries. Types of Records: Church Burial Registers, Sextons Records, Illustration: Book of the Dead,
Cemetery Deeds and Plats, Illustration: Cemetery Deed, Burial Permits, Grave Opening Orders, Family Bibles, Monuments, Memorials, Illustration: Church Memorials, Tombs, Crematory Vaults, Tombstone Inscriptions, Art work; Indirect Evidence: Plot Layout, Physical Marker, Size of Grave. Cemetery Searches. Locating Cemeteries. Local Highway Map: Augusta County Virginia. Family Plots. Relocation of Cemeteries: Movement of Churches, Divided Congregations, Church Affiliation. Locating Burial Sites: Family and Small Cemeteries; Warrantee Map: West Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania; US Geological Survey Map; Large Cemeteries; Traffic Pattern Map: Salt Lake City Cemetery. Cemetery Searches: Research Tips: Reading the Stones, Photographing the Stones, Chalking Stones, Tombstone Rubbings, Copying Inscriptions, Platting the Cemetery:
Family Groupings, Individual Burials. Compiled Records vs Personal Searches. Illustration: Eagle Cemetery, Virginia. Illustration: Old Dutch Burial Ground, Sleepy Hollow, New York. Special Cemetery Sections. Computing Birth Dates from Gravestone Ages. What Day of the Week? Calculating Birth Dates from Tombstone Death Dates. Illustration: Letter from H.W. Willberger, Funeral Director. Search Cemetery Tombstones: A Select Bibliography. Websites. Cautions. Order online with Paypal or contact: The Genealogical Institute, PO Box 129, Tremonton UT 84337. 435-579-1743, FAX 435-553-4585.

The book is ready and will be available at Jamboree 2008. I am leaving in 2 hours. Remember that I will be speaking all three days:

27-29 June 2008 Burbank, CA Airport Marriott Hotel and Convention Center

SCGS “Jamboree”
My topics:
Friday 1:30 to 2:30 pm American Church Records: How to Locate, Search, and Use the many kinds of church records available in print, on microfilm, on CD-Rom, and on the internet. Religious belief dictates the records kept and preserved by congregations. This session will show how to search these records for hard-to-find ancestors–a NEW research strategy and how to use “internal evidence links” to trace and prove family relationships.

Saturday 9:30 to 10:30 am Tracing a Southern Pedigree: NEW search strategies in little-known and overlooked sources to help you by-pass burned courthouses, gaps in vital records, and ancestors always on the move. Also discussed new finding aids, state-wide indexes, and special research projects that enable you to locate where your ancestors settled: VA into NC, TN, KY, AR and on to California.

Saturday 11:00 to 12:00 pm Tracing Your Revolutionary War Ancestors: Traditional Sources like DAR applications and patriots, pension and service records have new access. Newly discovered records that detail military service 1775-1782 like files of military hospitals and prison ships, rejection rolls, petitions submitted to the Continental Congress–where are these records, how do you search them? Also included: mercenaries who supplemented the troops–Hessians, French, British, and Canadian patriots, “Black Watch,” enlightened Loyalists–where are their records?

Saturday 4:30 to 5:30 pm British Migration to America Before 1850: Documenting “original” settlers to New England, New Netherlands, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Special attention is focused on the Irish, the German, the “brides,” the indentured servants, and British-sponsored religious migrations. Special immigration projects will be highlighted.

Sunday 1:30 to 2:30 pm Solving Tough Problems with Cemetery Records: family relationships, migration patterns, occupations, economic status, naming patterns, and national origins–these and more emerge from cemeteries and their evidence.

You can also pick up a copy of How to Search a Cemetery in the Vendor Hall. Your favorite genealogist of choice, Arlene Eakle.

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