Gratefulness for Genealogy Volunteers

Find A GraveIn the spirit of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to say that I am grateful for genealogy volunteers—the people who volunteer their time to index and post information online we may never otherwise find.

Last year, after Googling to find more information on my relative Frank H. Rolfes, I came across a cemetery transcription on the Find a Grave website, and I hit the genealogy jackpot!

The volunteer who transcribed the record for my relative also included the text from his obituary in the local paper. In the obituary, I learned he was a pioneering resident of the county where he lived, the address of his old home, that he had been married twice (his first wife died and then he married again and had children), and that he was highly involved in several different community and church activities.

So, a big THANK YOU to the volunteer who posted this online. It has told me so much more about my ancestor than I ever would have learned through official vital records, a passenger list, or census record.


Dana McCullough is a freelance writer and editor who frequently writes, edits, copy-edits, and proofreads content for magazines, blogs, websites, books, and more. She is the owner of Dana’s Creative Services. Twitter: @DanasCreative

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