Dolores J. Rush

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MY RESEARCH STYLE - FANS (friends, associates, neighbors): I research not only my ancestors, but also their FAN's, hoping to connect the dots (primary doc'uments) between them. And by the way, each of my memorials are works in progress.

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DEATH RECORDS: can be found not only on
1. gravestones, but also in the cemetery caretaker's records
2. in Area Newspaper Death Records and Obituaries. Anything older than 50 years from today's date is in the public domain as far as copyright goes.
3. in Death certificates -- many states now have them online. Missouri Does! (1910 - 1966)
4. on Rootsweb,
5. in Doctor/Hospital Records
5. in Memorial Service Leaflets
6. in Funeral Home/Mortician Records
7. in Ministerial/Church Records
8. in Coroner Inquest Records
9. in Probate records
10. in Published genealogies or scrapbooks at your local Genealogical Center or library
11. or in Family Bibles & Letters.

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CALCULATING BIRTHDATES: When you see a tombstone with only the death date and age, use this handy tool to calculate their approximate birthday:

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CITATIONS: When citing sources on your memorials, please include the repository where the material was found, so others can look it up there also. Give credit where due.

For example:
"Title of Article or Chapter" Author. Title of Book. Author. Publisher, Publisher's City/State; Date Year of Publication. Volume (if there is one); Number (if there is one), Page Number. Repository: (source of material, where you obtained it, be it, a genealogical society library, Google Books, the National Archives, etc.).

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GRAVESTONE PRESERVATION: Did you know in many states it is against the law to vandalize cemeteries, graves, or to deface tombstones? In Tennessee, for example, it is a felony. In Missouri, it is a class A misdemeanor. See Missouri's Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).

However, when taking a photograph, please trim the grass around a tombstone with hand trimmers and brush it away with a soft bristle brush to get the best possible picture. While down there for both the trimming and photograph, record the name, dates, cemetery name and location on a clipboard. Very helpful when taking many photographs in one day.

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LINKS: Links are possible between family members even when you do not have a parent to connect them. Use Find-a-grave's HTML coding to link two or more memorials together.

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