Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cemeteries and Their Secrets by Gena Philibert Ortega

How many different types of cemeteries are there?

According to Gena, there are seven different types
and this type dictates who owns it and who has the records.
  • Church
  • Public
  • Customary (neighborhood, rural)
  • Private
  • Lodge
  • Ethnic
  • Family
  • Mass

Where can you locate a death? Land records, Military records, Journals, fraternal organization records, orphan court records are just a few ideas where to look outside of the traditional death certificates. For more information, visit Gena's blog at or her web site at

Gena also cited many online resources to locate cemeteries and graves, plus symbolism on headstone artwork, sculptures and insignias.

I loved this presentation, yet we are running out of time as the grand prize winners are being drawn now. This was such a great expo and I will follow up with more details tomorrow.

1 comment:

Gena Philibert Ortega said...

Thanks so much for highlighting my presentation. It was great seeing you at Expo and I hope to see you at a conference again soon.