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Tombstone Tuesday- Keeping Warm While Searching for Ancestors

Winter has arrived in Canada and many parts of the United States, which means cemetery visits have come to a standstill. We now have to wait until April or May before it is safe to go exploring for tombstones. April before the snow is gone, and May for the ground to firm up and not be a quagmire of mud.

However, that does not mean your tombstone hunting needs to end for the winter. Oh, the internet is a wonderful thing. There is a constant string of new and interesting cemetery databases being established regularly across the net for you to explore. Family historians are daily adding pictures and information on family tombstones for others to discover. Try to take some time once a week or once a month and visit the sites below for any new tombstones you may be seeking. Better yet, spend these cold winter months in front of your computer downloading the tombstones you have discovered this past summer. Add them to one or more of these online databases, a great winter project. Who knows, you may just find a tombstone of a past ancestor or better yet make a connection with a living relative.

Here is a starting list of current Online Cemetery Databases, if you want to suggest any others, please let me know and I will gladly add them on.

Online Cemetery Databases

Find A Grave

Dead Fred

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid


Canada Headstone Project

From Ireland Genealogy and Family History

Acadian Cemeteries in Nova Scotia & New Brunswick (many, many!)