Monday, January 28, 2013
Another Page on my Genealogical Journey - Find a Grave!
Having used ancestry.com to find the Glessner grave sites in California recently, I decided to see what the site "Find A Grave" would be like if I volunteered to take a photo of a request. Well, there was a request for finding Gracie Page at Lakewood Cemetery here in Minneapolis after I joined yesterday, and Carpe Diem.....I seized the proverbial day and here I am this morning! This is a cemetery I have visited many times, mostly riding my bike through. Our senators, Humphrey and Wellstone rest here. So here I pulled up with the green pony in front of the Lakewood Building this morning after some snow and ice over the weekend.
Chris was very helpful and friendly when I requested information about Gracie. He explained the grave would be easy to find, as there is a family named monument to see above the snow. Here he is providing me with a map to the location.
As a seasoned researcher, I took some photos of the information in the files here. Actual death dates and the plot and grave number.
Bigger view with the map of the family plot on the left, very complete information in my experience.
This is how the site looked when I arrived at section 8, lot 76....now to find the 5 markers under the snow and ice.
I paced off 10 feet where Gracie's marker was supposed to be, and viola'. I scraped off the snow and used my car plastic ice scraper to find the lettering on grave #6
So Gracie becomes Grace Leona Page who died at age 16.
Here on the other end, are grave's 1- 4 ,which when I scraped the ice off, I had difficultly reading. Out of respect to Mother Earth and the Pages, I employed some of Trader Joe's Italian pink lemonade to melt the ice and scrape so each marker could be read.
Number Two is Stella Graves Page, 1829-1909
Then #3 is the Reverend Emery Harkness Page 1818 -1888.
So there you have it. My personal experience starting the work on Find A Grave
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