Recently I joined findagrave.com, a website dedicated to cemeteries and the people who inhabit them.
It started with a google search for David Thompson, an ancestor, and soldier of the revolution; my current brick wall. The search brought up a historical cemetery in Belknap, NH. FindAGrave lets you request photos of grave sites, and volunteers take photos and post them.
I put in a request, and within 3 days I had this!
Volunteers being the generous people they are, I also got a photo of his wife’s grave!
There are many things one can learn from a burial, including dates, names, and who is buried nearby.
I have since volunteered, and have contributed half a dozen photos for people. Sometimes it’s for genealogical purposes, but it’s just as often for people who just want to see the gravestones of remote loved ones. On Saturday mornings I stroll through a grassy cemetery looking for names, clearing leaves, untangling chimes, and righting pots. Not a bad way to spend a morning actually.
I have since gotten a couple more requests fulfilled, including one for my mother-in-law’s father and one for an ancestor, Daniel H Thompson of Marshfield, MA.