Bryan Sheinman’s problems finding graves at Bushey ( JC, Oct 2) are replicated in many cemeteries. I have recently spent a lot of time searching for relatives’ graves in Ashkenazi and Sephardi cemeteries, from United to Liberal. It has required a lot of detective work, finding the map indicating the lettered sections, then the sections themselves, then the rows, and finally the actual plots. The easiest way is to search by date of the first burial of a couple, as many of the signs indicating sections and rows are missing or worn.
The process has been educational, as I have learnt the burial and inscription customs of the different cemeteries, and recognised many names as I wandered around the cemeteries (a sign of my age). Sadly, some of the older graves had lost their lettering. It has also highlighted the need to treat the graves with respect. At one stone setting, I saw a rabbi and his friends walk across graves while using their mobile phones. Mark Drukker, Reading, RG2