Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Rest of My Find A Grave Story

Artwork by Wackystuff
Last fall, I wrote about stumbling upon my great-great-grandmother, Elisabeth Georger's grave on Find a Grave quite by accident. A visit to Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles where she is buried followed. A search for her gravestone ended unsuccessfully (although we were able to find her husband, Nicolas J. Georger).

All of this came about due to the efforts of a Find a Grave volunteer.  Thanks to the continuing efforts of this dedicated volunteer, who originally transcribed Elizabeth's tombstone, she was able to determine which of her relatives Elisabeth was most likely buried near. With that information in hand, husband and I made a trip to Calvary Cemetery while in Southern California for another softball tournament last month. I'm happy to report we found Elizabeth's headstone. I'm even happier to report that it only took us a few minutes!

As luck would have it, Elizabeth was buried in the same section of the cemetery as her daughter, Marie Lieber. We spent quite a bit of time in the rain last fall looking for Marie unsuccessfully, so we knew where not to look for Elizabeth.  As it turns out, we came within 50 or 60 feet of Elizabeth's gravesite on that rainy day last fall.

I am happy to finally be able to honor my great-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Georger, and will be eternally grateful to the Find a Grave volunteer who originally transcribed and posted her stone.

Unfortunately, there's still the little issue of what year Elizabeth died, 1891 or 1892,  and more importantly what caused her death at such a young age.

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Goodrum, Michelle. “The Rest of My Find A Grave Story-Tombstone Tuesday.”  The Turning of Generations, 23 August 2011. http://turning-of-generations.blogspot.com : accessed [access date].

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  1. Sorry to say, but that was the approximate age of life expectancy at that time.

    Most likely would have been from some sort of infection that we could cure with a course of antibiotics today.

  2. I've had some wonderful experiences with the findagrave volunteers. I'm so glad you were able to see the grave for yourself!