Sunday, May 06, 2007

Cemetery Websites

Yesterday I presented my talk, Cemeteries and their Secrets, through the Family History Fair on Family History Live Online, http://www.familyhistoryliveonline.com/. Here are some of the websites I discussed in that presentation.

The Genealogy Center of the Friends of the Allen County Public Library, http://friendsofallencounty.org/, includes information from church cemeteries, burial permits, funeral home records, and obituaries.

Cemetery Junction, http://www.daddezio.com/cemetery/, provides listing and links to cemeteries throughout the United States and internationally. While not a complete listing, the United States section along has over 48,000 listings.

U.S. Geological Survey, http://www.usgs.gov/, is a resource for topo maps.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Nationwide Grave Locator, http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/j2ee/servlet/NGL_v1, provides information on cemeteries where U.S. veterans are buried.

American Battle Monuments Commission, http://www.abmc.gov/home.php, provides information on where U.S. soldiers are buried in foreign countries. Includes soldiers from the Civil War to the Korean War.

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Grave Locator, http://www.suvcw.org/, provides information about the location of graves for GAR members. GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was a fraternal group for Union veterans.

Warren County, New York Almshouse Burial Permits, http://www.co.warren.ny.us/Records/archive/almsbur.php, an index of burial permits from 1911-1933.

Family History Live Online

Yesterday, I and 7 speakers and 6 vendors took part in a different kind of family history fair. Family History Live Online, http://www.familyhistoryliveonline.com/, provides a forum where you can listen to and view slides of a speaker's presentation from the comfort of your home computer in real time. You can even type out questions for the presenter. It's like being at an event without going anywhere.

To sign up is free, you just go to their website and register. It includes a download of their software. This is a new service that currently has free weekly classes, just go to their website and click on the tab, "online classes".

This is such a wonderful service for those with disabilities, people with small children who can't travel or anyone else who just can't make it to conferences and other genealogical events. Keep an eye on their website for upcoming events or just take part in their weekly free classes.