Monday, August 22, 2011

Finding Your Ancestors using GPS

Yesterday we took an early trek up north to find the cemeteries where my husbands grandmother, grandfather and great-grand father are buried. We hit a gold mine. But that's not what I'm blogging/posting about.
On our way home we left the GPS on and noticed green patches on the screen. You could tell by the road configuration whether these green sites were parks or cemeteries. We decided to stop at one cemetery and check out the names with a drive through for later exploration. On our way out I saw a name from my families past. It ends up there are several stones for this family there.
So you can use the GPS screen just to find unexpected info or to find a cemetery you have vague directions to.
Just a tip for others if they could use it. Happy Hunting family tree genealogists!


  1. I recently got a GPS and was disappointed that cemeteries were not listed in the locations. But I learned that you can download cemeteries to your GPS from Google maps. Which is just what I did when I went on a cemetery research trip to Iowa. I was able to find all the cemeteries except one, which turned out to be my fault because I didn't believe the GPS.

  2. Thanks so much for the tip, we'll have to do that. Why they don't have cemeteries on the lifetime map updates is a whole group of people the GPS people are missing. I think there are a lot of us out here! Up here in PA we have a huge population of over 55 age group. (not saying they are the only ones interested in cemeteries, I've always loved them...such history! JLK/NK56