Syracuse: Strangers tended an Elbridge soldier’s grave for 70 years: Now they know his face. “John Crotty was 21 years old when he died helping liberate the Dutch from the Nazis during World War II. For 73 years, the Elbridge man’s grave, in Margraten American Cemetery in the Netherlands, has been tended to by a succession of strangers who made young soldier a part of their family. But they had never been able to put a face to his name — until recently.”
Tennessee State Library and Archives: The Richard C. Finch Folk Graves Digital Photograph Collection is now on TeVA (formerly on the Library and Archives’ Flickr). This link goes to a Facebook post. “Dr. Finch has visited hundreds of cemeteries in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky, Arkansas, North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas photographing covered graves. His main focus has been on comb graves, so called because architecturally, the slabs of stone make a roof or comb over a grave.” Wow, I have never seen a comb grave before. I’m not going to give you a pointer to learning more about them because the Facebook post does.
Emory Center for Digital Scholarship: New online portal honors African American WWI soldiers at historic Atlanta cemetery. “Oakland Cemetery is a microcosm of Atlanta history. Examining the lives of individuals buried at the downtown site provides a window onto the families, institutions, and social forces that have shaped Georgia’s capital since the cemetery opened in 1850. There are some well-known individuals buried at Oakland — author Margaret Mitchell, Mayor Maynard Jackson, golfer Bobby Jones — but most present-day Atlantans probably wouldn’t recognize the vast majority of names of the more than 70,000 people buried there. Seeking new ways to extend its educational outreach, the nonprofit Historic Oakland Foundation has partnered with the Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) to create a prototype for an interactive online exhibition.”
The Guardian: First database of burial grounds in England and Wales to be created. “The grant will be announced on Monday to help record and preserve rare plants and animals in danger of extinction across most of Britain, threatened by development and modern agriculture, but still flourishing among the gravestones in an estimated 20,000 burial grounds in England and Wales.”
NHPR: Bill Would Create Database Of N.H. Cemeteries . “There are thousands of historic cemeteries and burial grounds all over the state of New Hampshire, and a state lawmaker wants to make it easier to keep track of them. Senator David Watters of Dover has been fascinated by old gravestones and cemeteries since he was in high school – he also researched them while teaching at UNH.”
Commonwealth War Graves Commission: CWGC Launches New Online Archive. “The new CWGC Archive Catalogue has initially made more than 600 items available online to the public. This includes digitised copies of the first 572 Commission Meeting Minutes from 1917 to 1986, and 96 Commission Annual Reports from 1919 to 2015. This is the first time the Commission has digitised and released documents about its own history and the cemeteries and memorials it maintains. There will be regular releases of new digitised content over the next 12 months, including staff records, photographs, and architectural drawings and plans.”
Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center: Cemetery Information Resource Center Launched . “The Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center team would like to share a new resource, simply titled Cemetery Information. This resource aims to support the research of descendants, scholars, and others interested in the history of the Carlisle Indian School cemetery by providing easy access to a wide range of primary source documents about the cemetery and the Carlisle Indian School students interred there.”