Tricks for Finding the Unknown Burial Location of an Ancestor


Discovering the burial location of your ancestors is an important part of genealogy. Knowing where the burial location is (and visiting it, if possible) gives you a deeper insight into your family in past generations, gives you a place to go to honor your ancestor, and puts you as close to them physically as you will ever be. Often, the burial location is obvious, even if it’s not marked. There will be spaces between the headstones of other ancestors, often with indentations in the ground where the coffin underneath has collapsed over the years. Family lore may have handed down the location. It can be easy to find, and often is. However, you will sometimes come across an ancestor whose burial location seems a complete mystery. This doesn’t mean you can’t find it. Here are three ways you can discover the hidden burial locations of your ancestors...

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