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The assumption is that you know the section and lot of the purchased family plot within the cemetery of interest. This can be found many times for one family member by looking in Find-a-Grave memorial for that person and reading the plot info.
Another assumption is that this procedure does not apply to common sections, since they are not purchased family plots, but single isolated graves that usually do not have family members next to them. An exception is that sometimes a family member will be buried "on top" of another family member. For those cases, filter on the grave number as the last step.
  1. By clicking the cemetery of interest, the native Excel will load into your browser. This may take a minute, since the file may be up to 5MB in size.
  2. Once loaded, click the top label of "section" and get the drop-down filter.
  3. Unselect all, then scroll down and pick a section number or letter, then "OK". [This filters out all burials that are not in that section. Note that some cemeteries do not have sections, so skip this step.]
  4. Click on the top label of "Lot", and get the drop-down filter
  5. Unselect all, then scroll down and pick a lot number or letter, then "OK". [This filters out all burials that are not in that lot. Note that some cemeteries &/or sections need not only the lots, but rows.]
  6. Click on the top label of "Row", and get the drop-down filter
  7. Unselect all, then scroll down and pick a row number or letter, then "OK". [This filters out all burials that are not in that row. Note that most cemeteries &/or sections need only the lots, so rows are only rarely needed.].
  8. The results will be a short list of individuals buried within that section, lot and row of a purchased family plot.
  9. Exception- Forest cemetery short list. For Forest, because so many burials, there is a column called "Plot(CSV)". To filter for the lot, from the dropdown pick "text filter" & then pick "begins with". Then, use a comma-separated format of text to put in the section number & comma & lot number, & tag OK. For example, for the family plot "Section A, Lot 4, Row 10" input the text in the "begins with" box as "A, 4, 10" .
  10. Close down procedure. This spreadsheet is a shared resource, so please make no changes to the data. Also, clear all filters by clicking the "filter button", then click it again to turn on the filter dropdowns. Then, close your browser window.


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