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Texas Death Certificates

Footnote has images of over 179,000 Texas Death Certificates online. Years range from 1890 to 1976. These records are searchable by first and last name of the deceased, year, county, and city. A certificate may include the decedent's date, place, and cause of death; age; date of birth; last residence; and marital status. If known, it will also include occupation, birth place, parents' names, and place of burial. Browse by county, then year, then surname, beginning with the first letters of the last name of the person you seek. If unsure of the year or location, use the search box under the browse menu.

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Navy Widows' Certificates Online at Footnote

Navy Widows' Certificates are online at More than 40,700 images from case files of approved pension applications of widows and other dependents of Civil War and later Navy veterans (1861-1910) are available for viewing.

According to Craig Scott, a certified genealogist:

"The collection is a compilation of approved navy pensions covering applications made during the period 1861 to about 1910. It includes important information for the researcher, such as information about the military service of the sailor, the circumstances of the death of the sailor, information about the marriage of the sailor to the applicant, information about the children of the sailor under the age of sixteen and information about the associates of the applicants, such as relatives and neighbors. In addition, information about naval commands with which a veteran served, details of battles and campaigns, and other documentation concerning the veteran's service may also be included in some …

Slave Cemetery Filled in With Dirt

I just read on a mailing list that a slave cemetery on Wesley Chapel Road in Cobb County, GA has been filled in with about 2 feet of dirt due to some construction going on in the area. This, of course, is unconscionable. If you live in the area and have seen the destruction, please report it to anyone that might listen. One place to report the damage is the Cobb County Cemetery Preservation Commission.

By the way, I would like a picture or two if anyone can get close enough (without getting into trouble).


Looks like the proper folks were notified. I just received word an investigtative team is checking into this! Good job!

Savannah Cemeteries

Savannah's Laurel Grove Cemetery
When we come to our final resting place, we may be remembered by an elaborate mausoleum, a block of stone, a wooden post, or perhaps nothing at all. Such is the manner in which those resting under the trees of Laurel Grove Cemetery are memorialized. Established in 1850 out of the property of Springfield, one of Savannah’s earliest plantations, Laurel Grove Cemetery is one of the most mysterious and intriguing cemeteries in all of the city. Through her gates lie individuals who have made their mark locally and worldwide. In this beautiful sanctuary rest such notable individuals as Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts of America; Florence Martus, who became more popularly known as the Waving Girl; James Pierpont, author of “Jingle Bells,” the popular Christmas carol; and more than 600 Confederate soldiers.

Historic Bonaventure Cemetery: GA Historical Society
All cemeteries are history made tangible. Each neatly laid out plot, each lichen-dott…

Funeral Services for Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Etheridge (d. 1916)

Macon Daily Telegraph (Georgia)
6 December 1916


Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Elizabeth Etheridge, widow of M. F. Etheridge, were held at Centerville yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. The services were largely attended and the floral offerings were many and beautiful. Elder T. J. Herring conducted the services. Interment was made beside her husband in Centerville cemetery.Image by Christie via FindAGrave -

Carlos Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia

I recently visited and surveyed Carlos Cemetery on Taylor Road in Bibb County, Georgia. Following the link above, you'll find I've uploaded gravestone transcriptions and photos, as well as linked to obituaries and news articles about some of those interred there.

The Humble Dead in Rose Hill Cemetery

The Macon Telegraph & Messenger
15 February 1882

The Humble Dead in Rose Hill Cemetery
"On fame's eternal camping ground,
The silent tents are spread,
While glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead."

No costly marble marks the spot of the silent sleepers. There has been no portraiture of their death-bed scenes. No long extended notices were published announcing their decease. But sadly and silently they were borne away, and soon the brown autumn leave covered the new made graves. The birds sang their plaintive songs amid the overhanging boughs. The winds sighed a sad requiem and all was soon hushed into deep forgetfulness. Their stations in life were humble, yet many, very many of them did their parts nobly, heroically in life, were kind fathers, devoted wives, noble sons, loving sisters, the toiling mechanic, the just merchant, the private soldier each filled his earthly mission and have gone to their long homes. Let us not forget the humble sleepers in Rose …

The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, "Son of man, can these bones live?"

So I answered, "O Lord God, You know."

Again He said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, 'O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!' Thus says the Lord God to these bones: 'Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live...'" (Ezekiel 37:1-5, NKJV)