Thursday, January 26, 2012

Funeral Home requests...Any Advice?

Dear Uncle,

I have searched the internet looking for advice for the best way to ask for assistance from a funeral home in my genealogical search.

It's been interesting to note that in my searching I have found several funeral homes who actually have a tab for genealogy requests.  When you go to the page they have forms to fill out and the fees that they charge. How fabulous is that? The Homes are right on top of things. Not to mention an additional little money maker or a very, very nice service.  I mean to say that if there were several homes in a town and one of those homes was pro- genealogy I would be more apt to rest my bones at that home than the others.  After all don't we all want to make sure our folks can find us?

Mine, however, does not.  So I've copied the forms and pasted them to a Word document and compared them to each other.  They basically ask the same questions. So I think I will do up a form based on what I've seen and hope that I will get a response. I might just send an email to a couple of homes that I am (unfortunately) very familiar with with the links to these other homes on the web and perhaps that will cause some action.

Before I do that I think it would be best if I asked some of the other folks who blog if they may have some suggestions as to how to approach the funeral home.  I will also ask their overall experience in doing so.

1. Do I send a letter attached to the forms? 
2. What do I say?
3. How much money should I send?
4. How much information do I ask for?
5. Should I send a letter at the same time to the cemeterys?
6. What is the best thing to ask for in that case?
7. Do I ask for a copy of the internment card information or Lot information or both?

Uncle, these are the days when I wish that I lived nearby the old home town and I could simply drive to these places and get the info myself.  I know Uncle, I need a pound of patience but today there doesn't seem to be one in the pantry. My Irish are driving me batty.

Until the next,
Your Devoted Niece

1 comment:

  1. This is just a hard thing to talk about. The process is already difficult. I can hardly think about it myself. I think you should just go with your heart on this.