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Cemetery Research - "pre-need headstones"

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:

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. She moved after her husband's death and was buried elsewhere.
  3. 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?


Tracing Immigrant Ancestors - free webinar now online

Lisa-alzo-100If you have ancestors who came to America, you need to watch the recording of today's webinar by Lisa Alzo. Tracking down our immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. Lisa showed us tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline.

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 32 minute recording of Tracing Immigrant Ancestors is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch. It is available for free until December 19, 2011.

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Own your own copy of Tracing Immigrant Ancestors by purchasing the webinar-on-CD for just $9.95. It includes the 1 hour 32 minute recording of the class, the complete Q/A session, and 30 pages of handouts. Click here for more information or to purchase.

Lisa is also the author of our Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story webinar-on-CD.

Special discount coupon

Since nearly everything in the online store is already discounted for our 2011 Christmas sale, there was no special coupon code announced. Even the popular Flip-Pal Mobile Scanner's discount has been extended through the end of the year.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.
  • Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images with Thomas MacEntee, March 7.

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Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner - free webinar now online

Flippal2"I knew the FlipPal was a great product, but this webinar makes me think it should be nominated as Product of the Century," is what one webinar attendee expressed after watching Gordon Nuttall's demonstration of the Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner today. Another wrote, "my nieces/nephews ages 2, 6, and 10 enjoyed using the flip-pal. With a little direction, the two year old found the big "green" button. He was thrilled!" After seeing how easy it is to use and learning about its portability, I just might agree with these comments.

Save 10% on your Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner through Monday

The Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner is 10% off (savings of $15) through Monday, December 5, 2011. This goes nicely with the free shipping promotion we currently have (free shipping to anywhere on orders $75 or more through December 31, 2011). Click here for more information or to purchase.

View the recording

If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 35 minute recording of The Flip-Pal™ Mobile Scanner is now available to view in our webinar archives. Visit www.LegacyFamilyTree.com/webinars.asp to watch.

Register for our upcoming webinars (free)

  • Tracing Immigrant Ancestors with Lisa Alzo, December 7.
  • "Is My Pet Frog Part of My Family?" Children and Genealogy in the Classroom with Maureen Taylor, December 14.
  • Digital Books and Sites for Genealogists with James Tanner, January 4.
  • Pilgrims and Patriots: Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors with Marian Pierre-Louis, January 18.
  • Ten Brick Wall Tips for Beginners with Marian Pierre-Louis, February 15.
  • Are You Ready for the 1940 U.S. Census Images with Thomas MacEntee, March 7.

Click here to register.

See you online!


FamilySearch Adds 18 Million Records from 12 Countries

FamilySearch added over 18 million records from Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, Spain, the United States, and Venezuela. Have ancestors from the Lone Star State? Browse a massive new collection of Texas death records. View all the new records now at FamilySearch.org.

Collection Records Images Comments
Canada, New Brunswick, County Deed Registry Books, 1780–1941 0 87,760 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Censuses, 1843–1921 0 28,796 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Land Records, 1450–1850 0 91,306 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Czech Republic, Třeboň, Nobility Seignorial Records, 1664–1698 0 173,406 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Germany, Bavaria, Nördlingen Miscellaneous City Records, 1400–1943 0 26,043 New browsable image collection.
Haiti, Civil Registration, Port-au-Prince, 1794–1843 0 27,549 New browsable image collection.
Hungary Catholic Church Records, 1636–1895 555,539 0 Added index records to existing collection.
Italy, Catanzaro, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 0 436,534 New browsable image collection.
Italy, Napoli, Civil Registration (State Archive), 1809–1865 0 2,672,971 New browsable image collection.
Mexico, Baja California and Baja California Sur, Civil Registration, 1860–2004 0 69,595 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Chiapas, Civil Registration, 1861–1990 0 2,976 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Guanajuato, Civil Registration, 1862–1930 0 14,139,21 New browsable image collection.
Mexico, México Estado, Civil Registration, 1861–1941 0 8,133 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Mexico, Yucatán, Catholic Church Records, 1543–1977 0 578 Added browsable images to existing collection.
Peru, Civil Registration, 1874–1996 0 130,192 Added browsable images to existing collection.
South Africa, Reformed Church Records, 1856–1988 0 38,734 New browsable image collection.
Spain, Diocese of Avila, Catholic Church Records, 1502–1975 11,073 0 Added index records to existing collection.
Spain, Municipal Records 0 41,061 Added browsable images to existing collection.
U.S., California, Los Angeles Passenger Lists, 1907–1948 0 120,267 New browsable image collection.
U.S., California, San Joaquin, County Public Library Obituary Index, 1850–1991 0 167,323 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Connecticut, Marriage Index, 1959–2001 1,005,746 0 New index collection.
U.S., Illinois, Tazewell County, Obituary Card Index from the "Pekin Times," 1914–2007 0 91,928 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797–1954 3,091 2,790 New index collection.
U.S., Louisiana, Naturalization Records, 1831–1991 0 29,063 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, Knox County Cemetery Records, ca. 1800–2007 0 3,878 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Maine, Knox County, Probate Estate Files, 1861–1915 0 58,109 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Clay County Land and Property Records, 1872–1947 0 31,590 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Minnesota, Stevens County Genealogical Society Records, 1876–2006 0 63,363 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Montana, Flathead County Records, 1871–1981 0 151,157 New browsable image collection.
U.S., New Jersey, County Marriages, 1682–1956 266,235 60,500 New index collection.
U.S., South Dakota, Minnehaha County, Probate Case Records, 1873–1935 0 71,073 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Tennessee County Marriages, 1790–1950 291,912 232,610 Added index records to existing collection.
U.S., Texas, Coleman County Records, 1849–2008 0 37,489 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Concho County Records, 1849–2008 0 46,411 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Death Index, 1903–2000 7,255,830 0 New index collection.
U.S., Texas, Naturalization Records, 1906–1989 0 91,013 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Texas, Nolan County, Civil Court Minutes and Case Files, 1881–1938 0 44,297 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Vermont, Washington County, Probate Estate Files, 1862–1915 0 35,679 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Washington State Postmaster Indexes, Prior to 1965 0 15,381 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Calumet County, New Holstein Public Library Records, 1900–2001 0 10,139 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Dane County Naturalization Records, 1887–1945 0 32,499 New browsable image collection.
U.S., Wisconsin, Outagamie County Records, 1825–1980 0 70,159 New browsable image collection.
United States, Muster Rolls of the Marine Corps, 1798–1892 0 56,678 New browsable image collection.
United States, National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866–1938 155,623 468 Added index records to existing collection.
United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 1,376 2,767 Added records for California.
Venezuela, Catholic Church Records, 1577–1995 0 1,953,946 New browsable image collection. 
 

FamilySearch International is the largest genealogy organization in the world. FamilySearch is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Millions of people use FamilySearch records, resources, and services to learn more about their family history. To help in this great pursuit, FamilySearch has been actively gathering, preserving, and sharing genealogical records worldwide for over 100 years. Patrons may access FamilySearch services and resources free online at FamilySearch.org or through over 4,600 family history centers in 132 countries, including the main Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.


Tracing Immigrant Ancestors - free webinar on Wednesday, December 7 by Lisa Alzo

Lisa-alzo-100America is a nation of immigrants, comprised of people who left home to find a better life for themselves and their families. Tracking down your immigrant ancestors can often be a daunting task. This webinar, presented by Lisa Alzo, will show you tips and tricks for locating and searching passenger lists and other key immigration documents both on and offline to help you trace your roots.

The live webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 2PM Eastern U.S., so register today to reserve your virtual seat. Registration is free but space is limited to the first 1,000 people to join that day.

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About the presenter

Lisa A. Alzo M.F.A. is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally-recognized lecturer, specializing in Slovak/Eastern European genealogical research, writing your family history, and using the Internet to trace female and immigrant ancestors. She is the author of nine books, including the award-winning Three Slovak Women, and hundreds of magazine articles, and writes the blog "The Accidental Genealogist." She is the author of the Ready, Set, Write! Share Your Family's Story webinar-on-CD.

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