Research Wish List

Several cousins have offered recently to search for information for us the next time they travel to some area of common interest. Here's a list of lookups, searches and other projects which any of you can undertake the next time you're in certain areas.

The newspaper articles which appeared at the time of a person's death or marriage often contain an incredible quantity of information about them and their family. (However, we understand that it wasn't until about 1880 that newspapers began to print the kind of lengthy obituary you'll see here and there in this Family Album.) If you have enough time to go to a library and enough patience to deal with those temperamental microfilm readers, you can find a treasure trove of information on your ancestors and ours.

If you have a chance to go to the cemeteries where our ancestors are buried, be sure to take pictures of their grave markers. (See our Heddings chapel page for an example of some excellent photography.) Don't be too disappointed if you can't read the inscriptions in your photos. Our eyes can pick out the carvings on an old tombstone much better than any camera! Be sure to jot down the information on the stones and note any family members who might be buried nearby.

Thanks in advance for any help you might give us. Can we look up somebody or something for you in Southern California. Let us know!

This page was last updated 23 Aug 2007.