Tree All Done? Then Help Someone Else

Family history is a very broad subject. There is so much someone could do to capture and preserve family stories as well as link generations together, and then share these discoveries in ways that will endear them to future generations. Unfortunately, there will still be folks who tell me their work is all done.

Fine. Then please help someone else get to that point. One of the BEST ways you can do this is to become a volunteer. Remember how I asked if Little Gay Gean matters? Well, for your research purposes, she may not. And that's okay. However, she does matter to someone else. One way you can help that other person find the information they need on this distant relation (not really related) person, is to serve them. Serve them by taking photographs in your local cemetery and sharing those photos online.

My favorite resource is However, if you don't have a digital camera or would just prefer to use an app, is a great alternative. With FindAGrave, you can take the photo and update the profile information for Little Gay Gean and then others can work to link her to her parents using the link feature.

Gay Gean Curlis Find A Grave Memorial
Gay Gean Curlis' Memorial Page at Find A Grave
Some ways you could help: add a photo, add birth/death information, connect relatives

In 21st Century Family Historian, an entire chapter is devoted to taking better Gravestone Photographs. Another mentions the power of collaboration using such resources as You can get my new book at and then go help someone else so they can say, "My work is all done."

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