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August 22, 2012


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Find A Grave is an amazing site and is always being updated!! I was also very lucky in my request for a picture of my fathers headstone. I also received it within 2 days! I was amazed! So many wonderful volunteers. Genealogist are among the most helpful people I have ever come across!


I very rarely use the "Search for a Cemetery" feature on Find a Grave. I feel this feature narrows my results too muchh. Instead I use the "Search 85 million grave records" and narrow my search by state and county. Usually, I will simply put in the last name. This allows me to find more members of the family. They may not all be buried in the same cemetery. There's always a possibly that the person you are searching for was removed from the cemetery where they were originally buried and moved to a different cemetery. This happened with my great, great grandfather William James Powell.

Here's another tip that you may already know. If you e-mail the Washington based AskALibrarian@sos.wa.gov, and give them the name, date of death and town, they will e-mail the obituary to you. It can take up to 6 weeks.

Sometimes it is as much fun doing small research projects on non family members, as it is doing your own. After many years of my own research, those "A-HA" moments come further and further apart. Recently did some research from scratch for a co-worker, and was amazed how many pages of notes I filled in just 2 evenings at the computer. Gave it all to her and her husband, and now they are working on their own. Thank you for the webinars and the ability to watch them later.

Thanks for the tip, Cheri. Here's hoping the librarians can find an obit for my long-lost cousin.

Just received an email from the AskALibrarian. They no longer accept email requests, but you can go online and submit inquiries. http://www.sos.wa.gov/library/ask_form.aspx

Mary - their AskALibrarian service is wonderful. I've gone there many times.

Is the AskALibrarian service only for Washington State obituaries??

Yes, Sheila - this is a Washington-specific service.

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