Thursday at the Cemetery ~ When There is No Stone

pic TATCWorking on this blog I search through my ancestors looking at where they are buried and then searching for their headstones on Find-A-Grave. In the last couple of weeks, I realized that there are a great many where the place of burial is known but there is no stone for them. I have also come across a few that were buried somewhere on the family farm, but the location is not known.


I have been racking my brain as to how I can include them in myNo stone grave “Thursday at the Cemetery” series so they too may be honored and remembered. I know some of them to have photos I could use instead of a headstone, but most do not. I try to write a small biography about the person I am listing.  Perhaps I could write a more detailed one for those who have no photo to include?


cross on farmI also had a thought about those who are buried on farms or other places that have no headstone nor location for the grave. I could possibly look up the location of the farm by either land deed or the co-ordinates of the property and maybe find a current photo of where it is located. If not maybe a map of the area with the farm highlighted. Again, the biography could be a little longer than usual to compensate for the lack of a headstone.


Have you ever done anything like this? If so, how did it work out? I am open to any and all suggestions or ideas. Thanks in advance!


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8 responses to “Thursday at the Cemetery ~ When There is No Stone

  1. Reblogged this on Jude's Threshold and commented:
    A constant issue in genealogical searches: Another issue: states that don’t protect old graves and cemeteries from bulldozers even though a protective law may be on the books. 😦

  2. I have been hoping to locate some graves like that, buried on a homestead, but I gather there are no markers and the current property owners have no idea the burials are even there. I think it might be a problem in my case to try to show their general location, because it’s high-profile real estate now.

    I know some people put “burial unknown” memorials on FAG. That’s probably the best route. It puts the information out there and if anyone knows more, they can contribute.

  3. KTC

    Great post, Valerie. Recently, I blogged about this topic as well: It always makes me sad to think of all those ancestors whose final resting place is unmarked or unknown. Hopefully, we genealogists/family historians can “make” up for these unmarked/unknown graves by telling their stories.

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