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Graveyard Preparedness – Part 3

This is part of a series on being prepared when visiting cemeteries in your genealogy research.

I don't know about you, but I can get pretty lost in cemeteries. When I find the location of someone in a cemetery like for instance my 3rd great-grandfather, Mathew Ivory, who is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Beaver, Utah and it gives his location as A_237_3, I have no clue WHERE in the cemetery that is.

You don't want to spend all afternoon searching around the cemetery for that location, so plan ahead and find a map of the cemetery. Some cemeteries have great websites you can find information such as address, telephone number, maps, history, and more. For instance, the Murray City Cemetery in Murray, Utah has a great site with all sorts of information. Some of the information I can find on this site includes:
This site gives you access to two maps - the cemetery blocks as well as the individual lots. Now of course there are many cemeteries out there that are too large to include all the lots, but having a map of the blocks is great to get a general idea of that place. There have been many times I have tried to search for a map online and have had no success. But every time I have called the cemetery and asked if they had a map they could either email to me for fax to me they have been more than willing to send me one. If I didn't have one of these maps, I would definitely be lost in any cemetery I visit.

This also brings me back to my earlier post about Names In Stone. My favorite feature about that site is the fact that they have maps for all the cemeteries in their database(as far as I know). Having this database of maps is a great help because so many cemeteries do not have online maps you can look at without contacting the cemetery.

Graveyard Preparedness Checklist
  • Charge camera battery
  • Make sure there is enough room on the camera's memory card
  • Research location of grave
  • Find a map of the cemetery to pinpoint the location

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