Church yards are wonderful family tree resources with information on the gravestones that children can help you discover:
Once they can read you can get them to hunt down any gravestones that mention members of your family.
There is lots of fascinating information on them including dates of birth and death. You can challenge your children to work out how old a person was when they died based on these dates.
So why don’t you take your children down to the churchyard? You can create a grave scavenger hunt for your family:
- earliest/most recent date for burial
- youngest/oldest person buried in grave yard
- how many different occupations
- most common surname
- anyone born somewhere overseas
Just give your child a notepad and pencil and let them wander around whilst you do your own research!
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Take a wander around your local church yard or cemetery and you may be amazed at what a genealogical treasure trove the gravestones and plaques can be. I snapped this one whilst walking back from Staveley Recreation Ground today:
It is up against the side of St Margaret’s Tower which is all that is left of the original church. The information given on it is well above that on most gravestones:
Name of deceased: Edmund Thompson
Residence: Brow, Over Staveley
Date of death: February 8th 1847
Age: 83 Years
His widow: Esther Thompson
Her death date: November 30th 1851
Age: 87 Years
Their 2nd son: Edmund Thompson
His place of death: Brow
Date of death September 9th 1854
Age: 64 Years
Their grandson and 8th son of Edmund: Nathan Thompson
Residence: Troutbeck Park
Place of Death: Sunny Brow
Date of Death: April 16th 1864
Interred (Buried) at: Ings on 21st April 1864
I am actually feeling inspired to find out more about this family and where they lived from the information given. Watch this space to see what I can find.