October – Resources

US Cemetery Records, SSDI Records & FindAGrave.com

http://www.findagrave.com/  (Over 190 million memorials)
FindAGrave has been updated and has new search options.

Use the ? or * wildcards in name fields. ? replaces one letter. * represents zero to many letters.
E.g. Sorens?n or Wil*
Search for an exact birth/death year or select a range, before or after.
Select “More search options” to Search for a memorial or contributor by ID number. Include the name of a spouse, parent, child or sibling in your search. Use maiden name search, partial name search or similar name spellings to catch alternate spellings or broaden your search.
FindAGrave is still free to use and free to sign up for as a member.
When searching for a name and burial location, be sure to search both by name and by cemetery. You may find information that leads you to believe that a burial is in one cemetery, when in fact it occurred somewhere else nearby. Sometimes two cemeteries will be next to each other or may be across the road from each other. Two or more cemeteries may merge together under a single name, change their name or create an annex. As with any genealogical search for a particular person, be sure to search for variant spellings and for an adult woman, try both her maiden and married surnames.
DropBox Download:

This month I have included an 18 slide PowerPoint presentation “Using FindAGrave” as a PDF to help us learn about the new FindAGrave. Download from the CVGS Tools Class Group at Dropbox.
To join DROPBOX and the CVGS TOOLS CLASS GROUP and/or CIG/DNA SIG GROUP, just send an email to cvgs.all@gmail.com, name the group EG. CVGS TOOLS CLASS GROUP you wish to join and request to be added. If you have already signed up with Dropbox, be sure to use the same email address you used before. An invitation to join the group(s) will be sent to you by the CVGS cloud manager by return email. You will be asked to install the Dropbox desktop app on your computer if you do not currently have Dropbox on your computer.