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Old 11-17-2012, 02:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Grandpa Pipes View Post
These old grave yards are owned by somebody somewhere. If not the county owns them in default. So if it's info you seek on an old grave yard the county seat is where go.
Not all states have cemeteries go to counties. Some go to towns and states. Many have never had burial books passed on -- in our case, we are lucky the DAR did a survey in the early 1900s of the first cemetery I cite here; I have a copy of the survey and have walked it so I know it is correct.

My husband's 2nd and 3rd g-grandparents ( 3 large lots for 18 people total / only 6 adults and a baby buried in those lots) are buried in a cemetery that has long since been unused. Lord only knows, it wasn't in use before WWI - or his great grandparents and later his grandparents ( last person in the group died about 1950) would be buried in those plots. While we know the head of the cemetery board of the cemetery where his grands and great-grands are buried ( a relative), no one, in close to 100 years, has been buried in the first and it is under town requirement to "maintain" and the state for ownership.

Your implication is that we shouldn't go there because we don't "own" it. What is the difference if we go to my family plot of 4 generations in another cemetery (where I own the deed) or to my husband's( where he doesn't)? Or should we call the state to walk in where his family is buried?
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Old 11-17-2012, 05:41 AM
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Thank you, DewDropInn. I am also thankful to the findagrave photographers.

Even if there are records at the county seat, very rural folks prior to the twentieth century could go their entire lives without having official contact/records created for them. Maybe they are on the census, maybe not. And then you are hunting for a little church, and if there is no trace of that you are thrilled to find a grave marker.
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