A few days ago, I visited Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Bibb County, Georgia to search for the gravesite of Adrienne Dure, the mother of George A. Dure, an individual I was researching. With some effort, I found where she was laid to rest. This little trip reminded me of an important lesson, and I chronicled the search in a post at the Rose Hill Cemetery; Macon, Georgia blog entitled Another DURE Family Plot, but This Time with No Tombstone in Sight. Here's a blurb from the post:
I was reminded of a very important lesson when looking for the grave site of Adrienne Dure: just because you don't find a tombstone in a particular cemetery does not mean an individual was not buried there. And! Just because you transcribe all the stones in a cemetery doesn't mean you have recorded all of the burials. Of course, this is something I already knew, but it is always good to be reminded. Tombstones sometimes carry more information about a person, and they sometimes can even give you a "feel" for a person. However, burial records for a cemetery are just as important to the researcher who cannot locate a stone.