Why My Uncle and Aunt Aren’t on Any Graving Website – Tombstone Tuesdays April 30, 2019

My uncle died in 2008; his wife died in 1993. I know when they died according to the Social Security Death Index (SSDI). I know the county in Florida where they died. I don’t know if they died at home or at the nearest hospital in a different city.

I haven’t added them to any graving site – Find-A-Grave, BillionGraves, etc. because I don’t know where they are buried. I don’t know their children well enough to ask them. I haven’t found an obituary for them.

I know some people would simply add them as a Burial Unknown (BU) on Find-A-Grave. I am not one of those people as I believe one needs to know where the person has been buried, entombed, inurned, ashes scattered, etc. before adding someone to a graving site.

My uncle was in the Coast Guard during World War II – Pacific Theater and would qualify for a military headstone, but none was ever ordered for him as I check the Veterans Administration (V. A.) website – https://gravelocator.cem.va.gov/ on a regular basis. I also check FamilySearchhttps://www.familysearch.org.

I just checked the Florida website, http://www.floridahealth.gov/certificates/certificates/death/index.html and I could ordered a redacted copy of their death certificates for a lot less than I expected since I wasn’t sure if a non-immediate family member could order death certificates. I don’t need to know their Social Security Numbers (SSNs) as I can find those on the SSDI if I really wanted them. I would probably only order my uncle’s death certificate as a start since I believe they would both be in the same burial location. Plus, if they were cremated, they may not have a permanent inurnment location. They lived in the country on a pretty good-sized plot of land. I used Google Maps Satellite View and didn’t see anything on their property that looked like it was a small cemetery.

About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's collaborateDealspotr.com
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