Congratulations to Stacey Shaw, our feature Volunteer of the Month for February 2020! Find a Grave has provided Stacey with some of her best leads in family history research. She’s met some of the “nicest people” and “wanted to help others” as volunteers had helped her.
Julia nominated Stacey for going the extra mile and finding her mother’s grave. She was an infant when her mother tragically passed on. Frustration and confusion set in over the years searching for her burial location, as the cemetery seemed to no longer exist! She reached out to the Find a Grave community and found Stacey, asking if she would keep an eye out for her mother’s headstone in the local cemeteries.
Stacey “enjoys the hunt when walking around looking for headstones” and started researching right away. A visit to the public library proved the cemetery name had changed, which is why it was elusive. She drove to the nearby cemetery, found and photographed the headstone, and then uploaded it to the Find a Grave memorial. Julia was grateful and overwhelmed, saying that she “will never forget this.” Find a Grave members are astounding, going above and beyond to assist others! In Stacey’s words, “the family’s reaction is priceless” and always makes her smile.
Our accolades to you for your extraordinary work in cemeteries! We are so glad that you are a Find a Grave member and appreciate all your efforts in recording and memorializing those that have passed.
We welcome your suggestions for Volunteer of the Month. If you’d like to submit a volunteer for consideration in future months, please send an email with details of their work to firstname.lastname@example.org.