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Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:11 GMT (UK) »
If you had a relative (gt grandad, for example) who died in the 1940's (for example) and you had never seen a photo of them in all your time researching family history, would you (given the chance) view their exhumed corpse?

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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:29 GMT (UK) »
After 70 years?  You would most likely only find a skeleton, if that.

Why do you ask?


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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:31 GMT (UK) »
After 70-80 years?!
Not a chance! :P
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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:35 GMT (UK) »
Why on earth would one want to!?
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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:36 GMT (UK) »
Nah.  A DNA sample, maybe, depending on which ancestor it was, but just looking at old bones wouldn't tell you much.
Wiltshire:  Banks, Taylor
Somerset:  Duddridge, Richards, Barnard, Pillinger
Gloucestershire:  Barnard, Marsh, Crossman
Bristol:  Banks, Duddridge, Barnard
Down:  Ennis, McGee
Wicklow:  Chapman, Pepper
Wigtownshire:  Logan, Conning
Wisconsin:  Ennis, Chapman, Logan, Ware
Maine:  Ware, Mitchell, Tarr, Davis

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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:36 GMT (UK) »
Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
Remember - "They'll be found when they want to be found" !!!
If you don't ask the question, you won't get an answer.
He/she who never made a mistake, never made anything.
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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:50 GMT (UK) »
No way, leave them to stay in their peaceful resting places. Research them through documents in archives instead.

By the 1940s, cremation was becoming more common anyway.

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LONDON, Coombs, Roberts, Auber, Helsdon, Fradine, Morin, Goodacre
DORSET Coombs, Munday
NORFOLK Helsdon, Riches, Harbord, Budery
KENT Roberts, Goodacre
SUSSEX Walder, Boniface, Dinnage, Standen, Lee, Botten, Wickham, Jupp
SUFFOLK Titshall, Frost, Fairweather, Mayhew, Archer, Eade, Scarfe
DURHAM Stewart, Musgrave, Wilson, Forster
SCOTLAND Stewart in Selkirk
USA Musgrave, Saix
ESSEX Cornwell, Stock, Quilter, Lawrence, Whale, Clift
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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #7 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 16:59 GMT (UK) »
Erato has possibly "hit the nail on the head" - "on trend" DNA  :
Transcriptions and NBI are merely finding aids.  They are NOT a substitute for original record entries.
Remember - "They'll be found when they want to be found" !!!
If you don't ask the question, you won't get an answer.
He/she who never made a mistake, never made anything.
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Re: Exhuming a deceased relative who is buried
« Reply #8 on: Wednesday 30 January 19 17:26 GMT (UK) »
If you had a relative (gt grandad, for example) who died in the 1940's (for example) and you had never seen a photo of them in all your time researching family history, would you (given the chance) view their exhumed corpse?

No, I wouldn't want to.

Exhumations require special permission in the UK (Coroner - Home Office - Police I think too).

Usually a detailed Archaeological Method study too (for Planning proposals), where buildings, driveways, railways, airports, or roads etc., cross cemeteries, with on-site recording during the works to make a complete permanent M.I. record and coffin plate etc record

Many Sextons Plans are now missing, not all graves had Memorials originally and many have no Memorials today.

Some graves have been exhumed of those who died in the Titanic disaster, who were found and buried shortly afterward, to try and identify remains. One grave only had the brass coffin plate in.

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I saw some exhumations on film and only several (out of hundreds being exhumed there) of persons who had been embalmed, wrapped and were still in dry complete Coffins in bone dry ground and were in a good state of at death preservation.

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In Parish Church Cemeteries they were stacked, often disturbing the grave, body and remains underneath.

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I think tracing the whole family (can be a large / impossible job for some), as more distant relatives (if a collector / hoarder) might / might not still have photographs (like Cousins of Parents and Grandparents) who identified photographs before their families died off.

My Grandparent's Wedding photo was in the newspaper 90 years ago. Although, we did track down an original and several other photos (from my Grandmother's remarriage family, descendants).

Mark