Tuesday, January 5, 2010

5 Tasks You Can Complete in 30 Minutes Or Less

We all lead busy lives and the time we have to dedicate to our genealogy is often very limited. It is important that we spend the time wisely and efficiently to get the most from it.

With that in mind, I created this list of 5 things you can do in 30 minutes or less that involves cemetery-related research. Here are 5 cemetery-related things you can do in 30 minutes or less.

1.) Search FindAGrave.com for your ancestor. Enter as much detail into the search boxes to see if you get anything. If you aren't getting any results, then begin entering less and less information into the search boxes until you get more results.

2.) Request a photo on FindAGrave.com for an ancestor when you know the cemetery.

3.) Upload 5 cemetery photos that you've taken to FindAGrave.com so that other people can have access to them.

4.) Read about cemeteries. Pick a cemetery related topic and do a Google search on it. You will most likely find lots of blog posts about preservation, different types of stones used in different time periods or geographic locations, what the symbols on grave stones means, etc. The point here is to learn something new.

5.) Plan a cemetery trip. You can make a list of the cemeteries you want to visit. You can pack the bag you are planning on taking with you. You can look up directions and/or print out maps that tell you how to get to the cemetery. You can email local historical/genealogy societies in the area of the cemetery to see if a volunteer would be interested in showing you around or sharing information.

I hope these quick and easy activities show you that with just a little bit of time, you can still get a lot of cemetery related activities done.

1 comment:

Gini said...

Great tips Elyse. I have not used "find-a-grave" much but plan to do so. I also have photos that I can contribute. I visited a local historical cemetery here recently. Even though I don't have relatives buried there, I took photos of as many headstones as I could, you never know who they may belong to and who may have been looking for them! Thanks Elyse.