Also note this subject matter has been studied and documented over years entire books have been published. Iam not a professional in this field. I share the same passion as most vistors to this site do.
There are many reasons as to why a person starts conducting family research or become interested in local cemeteries. I for one never gave it much thought until my father passed and realized I knew nothing about my family history. Which led years later to having interest in Oklahoma Cemeteries and so on.
I set out like many of us do. We wait until something happens in our lives to motivate us, things like family health, loss of loved one, or seeking Tribal Citizenship, and the list cold go on as what led us to research our heritage.
At first, things are going good thanks to current websites and information at the ready. Excitement builds and builds, you ve been up all night and it happens. Out of nowhere everything comes to a sudden Stop! Things are not adding up for you, dates and names are wrong, or locations are wrong. Attempts are made to find and figure out where you went wrong. If only you could find the answer or something and it would all go back to normal and line up. You cannot find it, or you know their buried somewere but theres no marked headstone and the caretaker hasnt been seen in 20+ years. You have hit the "BRICK WALL". After this usually comees , "ugh if only they had kept better records, taken photos, did something anything but nothing".
Though we cannot change the past or how things are done. You can help change the future. One day just has you had set out to find your familys history, generations down the road will too. Decide to record your life and those around you today. You can write it, speak it, video or photograph it, but do it. The same feeling that you felt when you discovered that old war letter from 4x Great Grandfather. I promise 100+ years down the road they will feel the same way when they read about your life.