Just because you find a person's headstone in a cemetery does not mean they are buried there....
Dave and I recently finished photographing every headstone of my local cemetery in anticipation of adding them to the Find A Grave database. Of the nearly 1,500 pictures we took, I am surprised at how many "pre-need headstones" there were. Here is an example of a pre-need headstone:
This headstone was created for both Encell T. Baker and his wife, Geraldine D. Baker. Encell died in 1975. Because Geraldine does not have death information included, my guess is that she anticipated sharing the plot with her husband when her time came and prepared her part of it with her name and birth date.
So although it appears that she shares the plot with her husband, there are several reasons why she may not be buried there:
- She is still alive. She would be 98 years old if she were still alive. Certainly a possibility, but for now I'm going to consider that she is not.
- She moved after her husband's death and was buried elsewhere.
- She remarried, and would want to be buried with her new husband.
A quick search of the Social Security Death Index shows a Geraldine D. Baker with the identical birth date, who died on November 15, 1994 whose last residence was in San Diego County, California. From my experience, this is likely the same person. It is also likely that she was buried in California.
I've not given this too much thought yet, nor have I encountered this situation in my personal research. How would you record this in Legacy? Buried in two places? Just use the headstone as a source of her birth? Any other ideas? What experience have you had with pre-need headstones?