Sunday, October 12, 2014

October Family History Challenge

     Fall is in the air and the leaves are changing color. As a result I have been thinking about family history activities that I can do and the Find a Grave project came to mind.

   Find a grave is an online database that contains records of graves and pictures of the headstones allowing individuals the opportunity to search for the resting places of their ancestors. Also this site is free. The reason that this site is able to provide this information for free is because volunteers go to the cemeteries near them and gather the information to add to the database.

  With this in mind and Halloween as my inspiration I have developed my October Family History Challenge. The challenge is to help Find A Grave by going to the site and finding a cemetery near you that needs to be added. Next take a tip to the cemetery of choice, then spend some time taking pictures and collecting information. When you are ready to upload your information here.

  This last Saturday my family, accompanied by a friend, had the opportunity to gather the information on over 50 graves. We will be uploading all the photos and information during the week. However, we saw something that made us very sad at the cemetery. In the tree line we found a pile of discarded headstones. We don't know why they were there, but we hope they were just old headstones that had been replaced. Regardless we gathered the information that we could and will be adding it as well.

Okay, now your turn! After you have completed your challenge leave a comment and let me know how it went. 


  1. This is a great idea! We'll try and do it this month to celebrate Halloween! :)