When I was eleven years old, I met Tom Hawbaker . Our parents were friends, enjoying bar-b-cues and game nights, and Tom and I were stuck together. Fortunately we shared a fondness for Stephen King books and philosophical conversations. Oh, and cemeteries. I think hanging out among the dead was where we really bonded.
Seems were weren’t alone in our affection for graveyards.
My new friend and co-worker, Wes Keat, is an amazing researcher and genealogist. He also surveys local cemeteries and takes photos of the markers. He then uploads them to findagrave.com where descendants all over the world can “virtually” visit their ancestors and learn more about them from the information inscribed on grey marble and concrete slabs.
Wes also helps connect folks like me with other find-a-grave volunteers living elsewhere, so that we can see the graves of our ancestors buried long ago in far off places (like the one above in New Jersey).
Wes is generously allowing me to share his email: firstname.lastname@example.org. He’s inviting folks to get in touch if they want help finding an ancestor’s grave. He will also continue to survey the local cemeteries as time and weather permits and if you know of any tiny, tucked away cemetery he can photograph (or even better, family cemeteries on private land), please let him know.