“Who’s got charge of the body?” is a time honored and loaded question uttered upon the death of a relative in the African American community. Episode 78 will discuss the history and legacy of African American cemeteries and funerals along with how to utilize their records as crucial genealogy resources.
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Cemetery Records: Records of the names and death dates of those buried in a cemetery or graveyard. Cemetery caretakers usually keep records of such, as well as maps of the gravesites. They may also keep more detailed records, including the names of the deceased’s relatives. In addition to these paper records, you will find tombstones. Tombstones can provide information such as birth and death dates and the names of other family members. (Definition from ancestry.com)