Tracking Down a Grave Site: What You Need to Know

When a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to know where to start in the process of finding their grave site. Whether you are looking for a family member or a distant ancestor, there are certain steps you need to take in order to locate the grave. Here is what you need to know about tracking down a grave site.

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Researching Online

The internet is an invaluable resource when it comes to locating a grave site. There are many websites that specialize in helping people find graves, such as and These websites allow users to search for graves by name and location, and often provide photos of the grave site as well as other helpful information. Additionally, many cemeteries have their own websites with searchable databases of gravesites, so be sure to check those out too.

Visiting the Cemetery

Sometimes online searches don’t yield the desired results, so it may be necessary to visit the cemetery in person. Most cemeteries have records of all burials that have taken place there, so if you can find out which cemetery your loved one was buried in, you can visit the office and request access to those records. Additionally, many cemeteries have maps that can help you locate the specific grave site without having to search through all of the records.

Talking with Family Members

If you’re having trouble finding a grave site online or at the cemetery, talking with family members may be your best bet. Often times family members will have stories or memories about where someone was buried that can help narrow down your search and make it easier for you to locate the grave site. Additionally, they may even be able to provide photos or other mementos from the burial that can help make your visit more meaningful.

Finding a loved one’s grave site can be an emotional journey, but with these tips it doesn’t have to be an overwhelming one. By researching online, visiting the cemetery in person, and talking with family members, you should be able to track down any grave site with relative ease.

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