The following are excerpts from a post by fellow list member, Bill Buchholz.
1. Don't bury the people of interest within a long paragraph using lower
case letters. They get lost during the skim reading. Make them STAND OUT
by using Caps - but only for their names.
2. Put in a time frame. The posts asking for any information on JOHN
WHOEVER and MARY SMITH really leave you hanging. Don't even know what
century you are interested in. Get it down to the smallest guess that you
can. For example: a 5 year span is better than a 10 year span, which is
better than a 25 year period, even the first half of the 1900's is better
3. When asking for burial information - remember that St. Louis today is a very
large city. Like other cities, St. Louis has its traditional neighborhoods -
Germans in South St. Louis, Irish in North St. Louis, Italians on the hill,
Jewish in West St. Louis, African American in Central City. This is all the
more evident when you look at the churches in these areas. You will find Catholic Churches which had a predominant German congregation just a few blocks away from another
Catholic Church with a predominant French congregation. The Lutheran
parishes are the same way.
What this boils down to is that if your family member lived in South St.
Louis in the mid 1800's thru the early 1900's chances are that they are
buried in South St. Louis.
If they were Irish then chances are they were buried in North St. Louis.
Calvary for example has almost 75 percent more Irish burials than Sts.
Peter & Paul.
If you are asking for burial information on a common name get more
specific (actually this fits all requests):
- A. Full name.
- B. Estimated time period.
- C. Religion (particularly important)
- D. Area of the city where the family lived.
- E. Other possible surnames closely associated with the individual.