Haunting Ancestral Cemeteries: Episode 77

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This month we’re haunting ancestral cemeteries! Analyze ancestral tombstones, find obituaries online and learn how to make a cemetery research trip.

Ep. 77: October 2014

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In this episode:

News from the Blogosphere with Diane Haddad

Diane discusses FamilySearch/GenealogyBank obituaries partnership.

Top Tips: Cemetery Research Dos and Don’ts

Lisa chats with Allison cemetery research dos and don’ts.

Allison’s Recommendations:

•    Go online to see what’s already available and then plan your visit
•    Pack for your outdoor activity! Camera, Sunscreen, Umbrella, Layered clothes, Map of the Cemetery, note taking tools, mirror, water, bug spray
•    Ask in the Cemetery office for a map
•    Be respectful and observe cemetery rules

Download the Cemetery Transcription Form.


•    Go alone. Bring a helper with you.
•    Be careless around unstable and fragile stones
•    Put shaving cream on a tombstone. Water is OK.

101 Best Websites: BillionGraves

About our guest Hudson Gunn, President of BillionGraves:

Hudson graduated from Utah Valley University with a BS in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. Over the last several years, he has created several technology geared toward connecting families and making genealogy easier to a larger audience through mobile technology. He has been awarded Student Entrepreneur of the Year and Best Small Business. As President of BillionGraves, he utilizes this leading technology to preserve the world’s headstones one picture at a time.

Family Tree University: Analyzing Ancestral Tombstones

Genealogy author and instructor Diana Crisman Smith explains how to find clues in the tombstones of your ancestors in the video class Analyzing Ancestral Tombstones.

The Publisher’s Desk with Allison Dolan

Publisher Allison Dolan tells you how to get the perfect tombstone rubbing.

Your Host: Lisa Louise Cooke

Lisa Louise Cooke

Listen to Lisa Louise Cooke’s Genealogy Gems and Genealogy: Family History Made Easy podcasts in iTunes and visit her website for great research ideas, podcast episodes and videos.

Have fun climbing your family tree!