Monday, April 16, 2012

MSGenWeb

In 1996, the USGenWeb Project was established.  It's organized by state and county.  I've added a link to MSGenWeb to "Sites to See".  It's an invaluable resource for genealogists, and it's completely free.  The only problem is that not all counties are kept up to date.  Still, you can find some great information.

As I mentioned in another post, I'm drawn to the Find-A-Grave requests for cemeteries that have no map or gate shot.  One thing I've found is that several of the MSGenWeb sites for different Mississippi counties have links to surveys done for cemeteries in those counties.  In almost all of them, there's a brief description of the cemetery and/or directions to it.  Granted, the directions may be decades old, depending upon when the survey was done, but it's a place to start.

The surveys are good for another reason.  It can be a good way to verify that the person requested a photo of a headstone for someone who is actually interred there.

If you live in Mississippi and you've never checked out the web page for your county, it'll be worth perusing for sure. 

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