The hidden cost of headstone hunting

I enjoy headstone hunting for several reasons:

It is a bit of a treasure hunt – I always feel great when I find an old headstone marking an ancestor’s gravesite. It is esthetically pleasing – most of the old cemeteries are quite scenic. It is free.

Well, almost free. As I discovered a couple of […]

Finding the Oldfields Cemetery

Oldfields cemetery

I tried to find the Oldfields Cemetery in South Berwick ME on Friday. I did find it, but the “adventure” I had in locating it was a cautionary tale on the use of GPS.

My first thought was to simply Google it. Yes, Google knew of its existence (though there was some […]

Finding some of Jett’s early immigrant ancestors

Myles Standish grave

Priscilla Alden gravesite

John Alden gravesite

We came to Plymouth for 24 days with the intention of visiting some graveyards and cemeteries where some of Jett’s early immigrant ancestors. The incessant rain got in the way and we didn’t visit as many sites as I hoped we would, but […]

Pilgrim Hall

Lower hall

Portrait of Elizabeth Wensley

We were blessed with a break in the rain Wednesday (the only day this week that we haven’t been drenched) and used the “good” weather to venture into downtown Plymouth to visit Pilgrim Hall, a small museum celebrating the arrival of the Mayflower and the early history […]

Plymouth by night

Plymouth Harbor

Lobster art

[On Saturday afternoon I visited Burial Hill again, looking for the elusive grave of Elizabeth Walker Warren, which I did not find. But I encountered some of Jett’s distant relatives who were also searching for her grave. We had a nice chat about her and about genealogy in general

Dinner […]

Plymouth MA

Mayflower memorial

Yesterday I braved the 55-degree chill and drove to downtown Plymouth MA with the intent of searching for the graves of Jett’s Mayflower ancestors. Those who died in the horrible first winter are all buried on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth harbor. But there are no headstones. It is not a traditional cemetery; it […]

Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford CT

Founder’s obelisk

I have been spending a LOT of time researching and documenting Jett’s ancestry. Much more time than I have been spending on my own ancestry because, frankly, her family is much more interesting than mine. But last wee, when we were in CT for two nights, I took the opportunity to check […]

Headstone hunting, Savannah edition

Mary Flournoy’s headstone

If you like walking through cemeteries looking at headstones, consider joining FindAGrave.com. Its main purpose is to locate the final resting places of the dearly departed. But if you would like a photo of Uncle Ben’s headstone and are nowhere near his grave, you can post a photo request on FindAGrave and […]

Headstone hunting

Pine Grove Cemetery

As you may know, I have been spending a large portion of my free time researching Jett’s ancestors. One branch of her family lived – and died – in Vermont. According to my records, six of them were buried in the Pine Grove Cemetery in North Springfield, VT. Despite it being […]

56th Escapade

General session

When Jett and I first heard that the 2016 Escapade – the national convention for the Escapees RV Club of full-time RVers – was to be held in 2016 in Vermont, we immediately resolved to be there. One of the reasons we accepted our summer jobs in South Hero, VT, was that […]