For Tombstone Tuesday, I decided to do something different. Instead of posting about a tombstone, I thought I would update you all on my efforts to add records to Findagrave.com.
I had 16 entries in the database prior to moving. Then I lost the binder with all my Holy Cross Cemetery file card copies. Last night, I found the binder, so I input the rest. These included people from the Jones, Jackson, Bourne, Desmond, Jenkins, Burke, Pohley, Kelly, Dolan, Meincke, and McSwegan families.
I still have many more names to input. However, I thought it best to do the file cards first since they have the most complete information.
I then spent considerable time linking everyone together. I have a couple of links that I could not do because the entries are being maintained by other people. I’ve sent requests and I hope that they will update their entries. It will be nice to see the families connected.
So, with this group, I have now input 50 people into the the findagrave.com database. It feels good to have done this. I hope that someone connected to these lines will appreciate the information. Maybe it will encourage someone else to input their cemetery entry. In this way, we might all find a relative’s tombstone photo or cemetery information one day.
I have benefited greatly from other people’s efforts at findagrave.com. I’ve found numerous cousins entries. But, best of all a volunteer photographed the tombstones of my ancestors at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.
Next, I will probably work on the people who I have tombstone photos for. These would involve St. Mary’s Cemetery in Oakland, CA, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Hayward, CA, and a couple of cemeteries on Kauai, HI.
It’s all about paying it forward and keeping that genealogy sharing spirit alive, isn’t it?
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com