Since I’ve lost quite a bit of information that I had entered in my family data program (Family Tree Maker 2011) due to the computer crash on Election Day, the thought of recreating everything I’ve lost has overwhelmed me. (Public Service Announcement: Don’t let this happen to you! Back up! Back up! Back up! And then make sure a copy is in the cloud!)
Some of that lost data was from cemetery information from Find a Grave. My plan of attack – is to begin alphabetically in the list of individuals in my data program – and search for their date of death (if I don’t already have it), cemetery location, and other pertinent information. Needless to say, two individuals in and I’ve discovered children of a couple I didn’t know existed complete with birth and death information. I always finish off by entering the Find a Grave Memorial Number in my database – then I know that I saw the record on Find a Grave.
Generally, as I locate the burial/cemetery information – especially if it’s in Ohio – I go to FamilySearch and search for a death record. Not only will that give me a second source of documentation, but sometimes it gives a burial date and perhaps a more specific death date than what is listed on Find a Grave.
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As I did further research on my BLAZER line this past weekend, I went to Find a Grave to check out any new submissions that might help. There weren’t any recent postings so I decided to submit a photo request for the grave of Malissa Goul Blazer, my maternal g-g-grandmother. On the request form, I also asked for pictures of other BLAZER or GOUL graves located close to her’s.
Imagine my surprise when I received a notice that someone had accepted the photo request and had already taken pictures of the graves! Not only did this wonderful Find a Grave volunteer post Malissa’s – but also other Goul and Blazer stones. She also found Malissa’s husband’s stone – Franklin Blazer – my g-g-grandfather! I was very thrilled to actually be able to see that on Franklin’s stone, the inscription listed him of a child of J & M Blazer (John and Mary). That is what I had discovered but it was great to have further confirmation of that!
A day or two passes when I received an email from the kind woman who had posted the photos. She had gone to the library to see if she could find more information about Franklin for me. Unfortunately, she didn’t find any but she did find some articles on the deaths of two of his family members. She is mailing them to me so I am very excited.
Have you performed a Random Act of Genealogical Kindness lately? Or at all? How many people have offered to help you? Have you sent an email or posted a message thanking those who have helped you?
And to all those who have helped me – if I haven’t said it lately – thank you very much!
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