[Posted from Kansas City, Missouri]
I’ve spent several days in cemeteries on this trip and the following have proved useful:
1. Call ahead to ascertain the hours both the gates and the office (if there is one) will be open.
2. Stop by the office (if there is one) and interview the staff. Learn the history of the cemetery as well as its layout. Get a map if one is available.
3. Try not to go at the hottest time of day!
4. Of course, take a camera to record what you see.
5. Take a small pair of garden clippers to help clear away overgrown grass.
6. If you’re visiting a few specific gravesites, take some flowers or other memorial items to pay respects.
7. Of course, be respectful of the place and other visitors.
8. To aid other researchers, share your pictures on your own Web site or a site like Find-a-Grave.com.
9. Record specific directions to the cemetery and the gravesites visited.
10. Thank the staff for their help.
What other tips can you think of?
July 27, 2007 Friday at 1:53 pm