Cemeteries are a great place to find those missing birth dates and death dates and to verify that the dates you have are correct. Remember to take a photo of the headstone as your source.
A trip to the cemetery will probably give you the chance to get dates for more than one relative since family members are usually buried in the same cemetery.
In addition, it gives you a chance to confirm or find marriages and children. Husbands and wives may have a double headstone with the marriage date on their headstone. (In this case, the date on the headstone is wrong. It should be 21 July 1951. Scroll down to “gravesite details”.)
I have seen headstones that say Mother and Father. Some of the headstones of the parents will have the names of their children.
Obituaries are another good way of finding birth and death dates. In addition, the obituary usually has the name of the spouse, children, siblings, parents, occupation, military service. Some memorials on findagrave.com have obituaries.
Some findagrave.com memorials will have a picture.
As you can see from this memorial, sometimes all the family members are linked together.
In addition to findagrave.com, Billion Graves is another good website for looking up cemetery information.
You can also search the Billion Graves index at Family Search.org. If you don’t already have a free account, sign up for one at FamilySearch.org.
Internment.net has some transcribed cemeteries that are free to search.
Accessgenealogy.com has a very nice cemetery database. Check out this website because they have a lot of information to share.
If you have information to share, consider volunteering your time and information to one of these sites.
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