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From: ".... valentine53179" <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] where were they buried....
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 09:35:02 -0500


since you are talking very EARLY ON but after townships were in place
you might find that she is buried in a township cemetery...
in addition to roadways being a major interest of townships, so too were the PROTECTION of the masses....
if one were to read old township records, they would find monies expended to help those who could not help themselves... you might find this to now by the primary mandate of a township..... then one of the supervisors would decide that YES< lets pay the fee to bury or Let's pay the fee to have doctoring.... or Lets pay the fee to help with taxes.... this is all in the ledgers of the township and often in the minutes of their meetings.... (totally depends on the writing ability of the scribe....)

YOu may find too that the township was the one that STARTED a cemetery for the township, especially if there is not a churchyard or other cem near by....

if you do know that there is a churchyard, then consider the denomination of your person and check on their cemetary records....but do know cemetery records and death records are TWO very different things.... a death may be recorded at the church but a burial of that same person might NOT be in their cem and a burial at their churchyard does not mean that they have a record of a death in their death record.... investigate both....

all i have written above is based on the person dying near to where they resided most of their adult life...
but in the case of an elder, they may have been sick for a while....
perhaps they moved to where an older daughter or son lived and died there....
so scout where they might have been living and check the cems in that area....
check also on the lots of those people because they might have purchased a lot for the gggmother and some for themselves as well but not a stone....
look also at inlaws of the spouses of these older people...
perhaps The inlaws had a lot with a grave that was open and may have given it to the woman....

as it is now, think about what you might do if someone was poor and was in your family...
WHO would step up...
usually someone who has the funds or the means...
or who has a lot that will likely not be used in which case the willingness to let it go to someone who is somewhat related is better than letting it go to waste....

the thing about FINDING people is that you must think OUTSIDE OF THE NORMAL SCOPE Of things...
this is where general knowledge of the area, of the time, of the mindsets of your people...
and that means all of the players...children included and inlaws included, will come into play....
if you know a bit about WHERE THEY WERE COMING FROM, you have a better idea of WHAT they would have done in such a case....

to start,
i would check township and then i would go to the newspapers of that time...(likely you will only have to scan a weekly paper - i am hoping you are looking in MICHIGAN because they have an excllent newspaper collection) and perhaps you will find a oneline notation that suchNsuch was buried at suchNsuch cem on mmddyy.

good luck



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