Tuesday 23 August 2022

Where were my ancestors buried - Jewels Vintage Vibes

 Where were my ancestors buried?

This is a question that up until recently I totally didn't think to look. Most of my family history research ended at their deaths and sometimes I found a will. But one of the resources that I did not know about was burials and the information that they could potentially give me. 

The one resource that I found very useful was the American company "Find a Grave" website owned by Ancestry. Not only does it cover worldwide grave sites - but it is free to access it. 

St Nicholas Churchyard, Elmdon, Solihull

The above headstone I photographed for the find a grave website is a memorial to the Lucas family.

 In loving memory

Edward Lucas
Who died 6th Oct 1906
Aged 66 years
And his beloved wife
Annie Lucas
Who died 13th March 1924
Aged 79
And their children**
Herbert Joseph died 27th November 1884 aged 14 years
Ann Maud died 3rd January 1891 aged 23 years
Charles Alfred died June 1901 aged 27 years (died in action in South Africa)

The memorial contains not only the father but name of the mother birth year and death information. It also has his children and the fact that one son died in South Africa - probably a soldier in the Boer War. For someone researching this family it has a lot of information.

Woodford, Christ Church cemetery - Stockport

The above memorial I photographed in Christ Church churchyard in Woodford, Stockport. It has Albert Ward d1949, Esther and his daughter Audrey commemorated on it.  Because Ward is one of my family names. I tend to record all Wards just in case I find a link. 

So have a look at Find A Grave and research where your ancestors final resting place was. It does tend to open up questions and visiting their graves can be very emotional. 

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