The Cousin Collector

Genealogy and Cemetery Project

Woodcock Cemetery

Woodcock Cemetery in Andrew County, Missouri, was uncatalogued until the volunteers of the PACT Project pitched in, literally digging up some of the tombstones from pretty impressive depths. Eventually, they found 23 legible markers representing over 25 people.

In the early days of entering information into my database, map coordinates weren't that easy to come by, and with my slow internet connection, it just took too long to try to look them up. That's no longer the case — except for the slow connection part — but that also means that some of the oldest location entries haven't yet had the GPS coordinates verified. So if you find someone who should be in Los Angeles, but the little pointer indicates Cleveland — or sometimes Siberia! — this is why. If you find glitches like this, I'd be grateful if you would let me know.

The Cousin Collector

I started researching my own family after my husband's best friend died in 2005. I went with his wife when she was making final arrangements and listened in awe as she answered basic questions about his family and realized I didn't know that stuff about my own husband's relatives -- let alone my own.

After many years, I still have a hard time reigning myself in when someone asks me what I do -- doesn't everyone? We have a horse thief, a couple of questionable killings, and a pillar of the community whose funeral shut down the whole town when he died. Unfortunately, and I'm not alone in this, I have more ideas than time and too many projects in the works to count, or finish, before someone is taking a photo of *my* grave stone.

Robertson "Owl Roost" Cemetery

I've tried many ways over the years to publish the work my friend, Kelly, and I have done with the Missouri cemeteries, and the local cemeteries I've worked on. I always run into some snag or another and realized that it would be so much easier to just use my genealogy program to record these. Especially since the catalyst for the project in the first place was trying to find some of my illusive ancestors, especially the ladies who married and disappeared.

It worked. I found all of the women from one family buried in the same cemetery with their parents, including an infant that no one else seemed to know about, thanks to the generosity of the Missouri State Archives and their death certificates database.

All photos are used here with permission and should contain photographer credit information. Further, there should be NO information about ANY living person on this site. If you have questions about a photo or an individual, please email Kris.