JoyK

Member for
8 years · 2 months · 17 days
Find A Grave ID
47574408

Bio

Thanks to Find-A-Grave for providing us a way to help others locate the burial location of their loved ones. I've been involved in family history research since 1995 and truly enjoy helping others.

Please don't be offended if I ask for documentation for an edit. I make every effort to be accurate with the information I provide on a memorial. If I am unable to confirm the edit with online resources, I may ask where you found the information before I make a change to existing information. It's not personal - it's just an attempt to be accurate.

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Will transfer memorials within Find-a-Grave guidelines only. Please request transfers using the edit tab and then "Suggest a correction" as this will give both the memorial number to be transferred and your member number.

"...Transfer requests will be for direct relatives within four generations. This would be your siblings, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren."

"...Any non-direct relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc) are not required to be transferred."

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Helpful Hints for Researching in Southwest Washington:

The Social Security Death Index does NOT give the death location. It gives the last known contact location. Ie., The SSDI gives the location as Battle Ground, Washington - While this may be where the person resided (or where benefits were sent), if the person died in a hospital in Clark County, his / her death location would be Vancouver - since both hospitals are located in Vancouver.

Because of Clark County, Washington's proximity to Portland, Oregon, you will find many Vancouver or Clark County residents actually died in Oregon. You can check the Oregon Death index (up to 1998) on FamilySearch; and the Washington Death index (up to 2014) on Washington Digital Archives.

Also, please note if you are using the Washington Death Index provided by Ancestry.com as the death location source, it MAY not be accurate. They have utilized the death index records from the Washington Digital Archives website in their index. The problem is that the Social Security Death Index is included on the Washington Digital Archives site in addition to the actual Washington Death Index. So the database on Ancestry is a combination of the two, and may give the wrong death location since the SSDI is "last contact" (not death location).

Free resources:
Washington Digital Archives - Many types of records online for Washington, with images
www.digitalarchives.wa.gov

Family Search - Many indexed images, but a lot of unindexed images as well. Be sure to scroll through the "Image Only" listings for Washington State - and check out the county records. Clark County has burial permits for Park Hill Cemetery (and some other cemeteries) with digital images free online
www.familysearch.org

Clark County Genealogy Society
Vancouver, Washington
Be sure to check the "projects" link on their website for cemetery records.
www.ccgs-wa.org

Google - or your search engine of preference. You can find lots of information

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