cemetery management personnel
are happy to extend to those cemeteries whose records are open to
the public and not confidential, an opportunity to add your burial
index information at no charge to our sites at SortedByName.com
to help researchers find a family members grave.
There are other genealogy
websites, but our material is out in the open, where search
engines can crawl it, and not locked behind a search box or pay
wall. We believe search engines prefer to index meaningful
sentences more than tables of data.
For cemetery operators who
wish to raise funds for cemetery operation, the trick is to
provide just enough information to identify the person. The name,
maiden name, birth date and birth place work in this regard. If
the names of the parents are shown, this can allow a genealogist
to discover a new person to add to the family chart. The link,
attached to each entry, would point to a page on your site telling
the researcher where to send money for a copy of your record.
Some of these researchers
have a strong attachment to their ancestors, and you could add
these persons to your mailing list for fund-raising newsletters.
For cemeteries that are all
set financially, the index information could say, (or the link
could point to a page on your website which says) the place of
death and the name of the funeral home, giving the researcher a
better idea of where to search for an obituary. Placing an image
of your record on your website would allow researchers to obtain
the information they want without bothering your busy staff.
Remember, the Social
Security Death Master File no longer provides the death residence
ZIP code, so for deaths more recent than November 2011, perhaps
the best hope for finding somebody is a comprehensive index.
We are not requesting any
special monopoly on the publication of your index. In some cases
it can be a simple matter of adding to your search box page an
and on the target page, a link to Download
in .CSV format.
Just let us know. We also encourage submission of your material to
other sites (see below) and requesting a link on the general
directory at http://cyndislist.com/.
Our website visitors who
correspond with cemeteries are encouraged to call the cemetery
personnels attention to this message, (but not via
e-mail, because that would be spam) which could ultimately lead to
a connection with a distant cousin corresponding with the same
cemetery about the same grave.
personnel may write to Tom Alciere, PO Box 106, Nashua, New
Hampshire 03060-01006 U.S.A. or email
Seeking Your Index Data