Don't Forget to send a letter
All right, you say, we have email now, so no need to go back to snail mail. But writing has several advantages. You can detail more information and you can send a small gratuity. If you're looking to see if an ancestor is buried in a particular cemetery in a city that is not close to you, write to the caretaker. State what you're looking for and send a tip and a self-addressed stamped envelope. Send a letter to a genealogy society, to a funeral home, to a church, school, etc. By sending a self-addressed stamped envelope, it is more likely that you will get a reply.