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Sunday, August 8, 2010

Tips on Finding a Cemetery!

1) First step in finding a cemetery or cemeteries is to go to the website of the genealogical society for that location and study their website for clues: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICGS.htm

2) Some areas do not have a genealogical society so I search for the historical society.  I actually go to both sites:

http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICHS.htm

3) I find that the US Genweb sites can be helpful for a location and might have records for cemeteries in the area of your interest. US Genweb site: http://usgenweb.org/

4) On my visit in April of 2003 to Iowa, I asked one of the volunteers at the Iowa County Genealogical Society for a location and a description of how to get to the Titler Cemetery. It is always helpful to get additional information from those who live in the area about the location of a cemetery especially if it is small. 

The Iowa County Genealogical society used to be in the basement of the Marengo Public Library which apparently remodeled in 2007.  So they have moved their library and holdings to the town of New English.

Here again is the ICGS link: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/research/ICGS.htm

Note: Be careful there are Iowa Counties in other states and you can go to the wrong site when you are surfing the internet.  So always confirm the location before you start studying the website.

5) Here are some more additional links to information in Iowa that can be helpful for research and finding cemeteries.

Iowa State Genweb site: http://iagenweb.org/

Iowa County Genweb site: http://iagenweb.org/iowa/

The State Historical Society of Iowa has locations:  Iowa City and Des Moines:  http://www.iowahistory.org/index.html  They have the WPA cemetery project for Iowa.

6)  Just Google It!  To find a cemetery you can try the Google search engine or a search engine of your choice and you might be surprised at what you find.  I got about 4 hits on Titler. 

7) Big online sites:  I always check these two sites listed below but please realize that they are not complete so check back often as more records are loaded into them: 

Larger sites are the US Tombstone Transcription project:  http://www.usgwtombstones.org/

Interment also is a good website to study:  http://www.interment.net/

Finda A Grave:  http://www.findagrave.com/index.html

8) United States Department of Veteran Affairs has a grave listing for those who served in the military that can be of help, I found a family member at this site:  http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1

9) USGS Board on Geographic Names:  http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/
This website is helpful in giving a listing of cemeteries in a location or one specific cemetery.  You click on Search Domestic Names and it gives a list with location, longitude and lattitude etc.  Then it gives you map choices for locating the cemetery.  Experiment with different names and types of feature classes like: Cemeteries, Churches or more.  I did a search for cemeteries in Iowa County, Iowa and it came back with 63 cemeteries. They do not have everything but it is a good start if you are having trouble finding cemeteries.

10)  Using GPS to find a cemetery is now within the reach of genealogists.  I am not savy on this topic so here is a link to an article on how to use it in your search at About: 

http://genealogy.about.com/cs/cemetery/a/gps_2.htm

11)  Find maps of the area like township Altas' and they probably will show old cemeteries.  These would be books found in genealogical, historical, state archives etc. 

There will be more tips but this should get you started. 

Photo:  View of Titler Cemetery towards the highway and Marengo, April 2003.

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