With winter well established here in Ontario, Canada, I have taken to cemeteries online for tombstone hunting. I have also committed myself to adding my tombstone pictures to some of these databases, a process I have never engaged in before. Online cemeteries offer us the opportunity to search for our ancestors, however, I will be honest I have yet to find one of my ancestor’s tombstone online. Then it occurred to me, maybe some distance cousins are also looking for my family. I realized if I want to draw out unknown family and new leads on my ancestors then I needed to do my part and start posting my family in these online cemeteries.
This week I went to Find A Grave and began the process. I would like to share my experience.
Founded in 1995 by Jim Tipton, Find A Grave is a virtual cemetery where contributors submit grave records, tombstone pictures and memorials for past ancestors for FREE. Find A Grave hosts 41 million grave records and boasts 500,000 contributors. One of the main attractions of virtual cemeteries is to expose your family records to the world in the hopes a distant relative will locate you and reveal clues to some of your unanswered questions. With over 50,000 visitors a day, Find A Grave is a great place to start posting your tombstone pictures.
This week I posted the tombstone of my Great-Grandfather Adam Kowalsky. I started with Adam because I dearly want to make a connection with relatives in Poland; my Great-Grandfather immigrated to Canada in 1905.
In all, Find A Grave was a user-friendly site; it's a professional and respectful website. I will continue to post my ancestors headstones to cemeteries online, not only as a memorial to them but also as an opportunity to extend my reach to make a possible family connection.
Tombstone Tuesday- Keeping Warm While Searching for Tombstones