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Old 08-21-2010, 03:34 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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What if you need to find a relative to ask questions about cemetery or headstone information, etc.

How have you found them by chance or by design?

We're still talking genealogy here... not a people search.
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Old 08-21-2010, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Columbus, Indiana
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If you find a headstone that has flowers on it, you know someone comes by and decorates their graves at some time. I have left a note inside a ziplock type bag and secured it around the headstone with elastic. I actually had someone contact me after I did this. You also might look at Rootsweb or Ancestry.com family trees and e-mail the owner of that tree. Good Luck!
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:09 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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I have found some living relatives in Wisconsin through ancestry.com family trees. Well, there's a lot of living relatives to be found there since some of my branches go back to the 17th century but you're going back so far, there's barely any real relation. This branch in particular from Wisconsin there were no other matches for. So when a match finally came up, I was very excited and it turns out the owner and his siblings are my mom's 2nd cousins so we're pretty closely related.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:13 AM
 
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The cemetery itself would probably have some information on the grave site,
Our local small cemetery has a maintenance man who could tell the story behind almost every grave on the site.
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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In my experience, cemetery's are usually not allowed to give out the information of living relatives of those buried there (either by law or by private policy). They can give you info about the gravesite itself - when the individual was buried and such. But nothing about living relatives.
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Old 08-22-2010, 05:55 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Some cemeteries no longer have an office. But I agree that sometimes they can help.
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Old 08-22-2010, 09:25 PM
 
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When i found one relatives gravesite I called the office and the person who answered the phone gave me all of the information on the files contact card...his wife's name, place of residence, church name and time of funeral service....great info!
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Dalton Gardens
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I have found living relatives by finding an obituary and then looking for the living children listed. I recently contacted cousins who I have never met since they grew up in NJ while I grew up in CA. They never even know about my branch of the family and had always thought that their grandfather was an only child, when in fact he had 14 siblings! Now, we are planning a very large reunion for next year, plus we have been sharing family stories, info and old photos.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:13 PM
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Obit is a great idea when no office is available, thanks Cyanna.
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Old 08-23-2010, 08:59 PM
 
Location: Dalton Gardens
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You are welcome. Plus, at least one person listed in an obituary is bound to have a Facebook or Myspace page, which is where I ultimately found one living cousin from an obit, which then led to all the others

Another good resource for locating living relatives is Brbpub.
Free Public Records Directory – BRB Publications – Nationwide Directory to Free Public Records
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