We all know that cemeteries can provide us with much needed information on our ancestors. The amount I’ve learned, over the years, from these sources, is amazing.
Some cemeteries provide images of their burial cards online. For others, you need to go to the cemetery itself and look at the cards, or the large burial books. Be sure to check online for the cemeteries your ancestors are buried in. I’ve found that when I’ve gone back to search, some years after my original search, new records are available.
Here are some examples of what I have learned from cemetery cards:
- Place & date of birth
- Last residence
- Date & place of death
- Cause of death
- Parent’s names
- Lot owner
- Specific burial location
- Cost of the lot
- Who ordered the burial
This morning as I was researching my Fenner line, I ended up checking the website for a specific cemetery and found 17 listings.
In this case it was Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio.
Here’s what came up when I searched for “Fenner.”
This is just a screen shot of a portion of the listing.
I scrolled down to the specific person I was resarching, Nicholas Paul Fenner, Jr. who died in 1909. Here’s what I got:
I don’t know about you, but this makes me do my happy dance.
Here’s another example of a cemetery card. This one is from Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
TIP: If you locate something on any website, download it, print it, grab a copy of it however you can. Why? Because the web is a fluid thing. The burial cards for Woodmere Cemetery were online several years ago. Then they were taken down and then I thought they’d been put back up. However, today when I searched I could not locate them. This is true of anything you locate on any website.
Have you had success with burial cards and cemetery information? I’d love to hear about it.
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