I think we left off with a letter going to the Register’s office for John Charles’ birth certificate, and having discovered a completely different birth date – roughly a year prior to what was contained on all his other records. While waiting for the Register’s office to respond, and since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d try to find out where he is buried. Cemetery searches … doesn’t get more spooky than that, right?
His death certificate says he is buried in Catholic Cemetery in Mayfield, South Dakota. I started with a search at one of my favorite FREE sites: Find-A-Grave. They had a total of 2 Sloweys for Yankton County, South Dakota … and those were two that I added myself not too long ago.
I headed over to South Dakota Gravestone Photos and did a general search for “Slowey” in Yankton County. Wow! There are a LOT of Sloweys buried in Yankton, South Dakota! Sadly, not any of the ones listed are my great great grandfather. Keep in mind, this is only a list of the graves that have had photos taken, not a complete listing of all the graves in all the cemeteries.
While I was revisiting some of my saved websites, I ran across a listing at South Dakota State Historical Society that I had not noticed before. They keep cemetery records. It can’t hurt to search, right? So I searched for all the Sloweys in Yankton County. What returned is a list of 23 individuals buried in three different cemeteries:
There he is, buried at … Mayfield Catholic Cemetery in Irene, South Dakota … not Mayfield, South Dakota. There are his parents, too, Patrick and Catherine.
So, I headed back over to Find-A-Grave and did a cemetery lookup for Mayfield Catholic Cemetery. It had one individual listed. One. So, I went ahead and added John Charles Slowey to the record.
Once he was added (and this is the best part about this site), I went to his listing and clicked on the button that says “Request a Photo.” Now, someone who lives up there near the cemetery can swing by when they have a few minutes to spare and take a photo of the grave marker and upload it to the site. I will get a notification by email that my photo request has been successfully fulfilled, and then I can click on the link to view the photo. Hopefully, it will only take a few days or so. I will also put in requests for Patrick and Catherine’s graves.
Speaking of Find-A-Grave, I strongly encourage you to check it out. It’s a great service that is completely volunteer driven. Every once in a while, you can find me traipsing around a few of the Chattanooga cemeteries and snapping photos. You don’t have to have a request to get the photos, either. If I see an interesting grave marker, I’ll use my Find-A-Grave Droid App (beta), which I downloaded for free from the Android Market, to make sure there isn’t already a photo on the site. If there isn’t, I’ll snap a photo and upload it to the site when I get home. (I rarely use my camera phone to take cemetery photos). Check it out, become a volunteer.
Next time, the hunt for an obituary. Happy Halloween!
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