Digital Trends: Ambitious graveyard project ‘looks a bit like Ghostbusters’

Digital Trends: Ambitious graveyard project ‘looks a bit like Ghostbusters’. “In a massive project dubbed ‘the Google Maps for graves,’ some 19,000 churchyards across England will have their headstones digitally mapped. The plan is to create a free online database that will help people research local history or learn more about their family tree. The gathered information should also help to improve the overall management of such sites.”

North Jersey: New database maps African American cemeteries in New Jersey

North Jersey: New database maps African American cemeteries in New Jersey. “Across New Jersey, numerous African American burial sites contain prominent figures and regular folks, freed and enslaved peoples. Like others across the United States, these grounds are a treasure trove ripe for discovery, connecting family and American histories. But where are they all? Researchers and genealogists would have a tough time finding a guide. There is no official database. At last count, more than 40 have been identified in New Jersey.”

The Orange Leader: USM Professor, Students Conduct Examination of Historic Louisiana Cemetery

The Orange Leader: USM Professor, Students Conduct Examination of Historic Louisiana Cemetery. “A geography professor at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Gulf Park in Long Beach and six of his students are engaged in a project collecting information about a historic Louisiana city cemetery, using the latest technology featuring geographic information systems (GIS) and ground penetrating radar (GPR).”

Lawrence Journal-World: With map once lost for decades and survey equipment, project hopes to locate hundreds of unmarked graves in potter’s field

Lawrence Journal-World: With map once lost for decades and survey equipment, project hopes to locate hundreds of unmarked graves in potter’s field. “Pete Vinegar, Isaac King and George Robertson, all of whom were Black, were lynched by a mob at the Kansas River bridge near downtown Lawrence on June 10, 1882, and later buried in the potter’s field. The rediscovery of a map that had been lost for decades and modern surveying technology could soon help find the three men’s graves, as well as the unmarked graves of the roughly 400 other people also buried there.”

Stuff New Zealand: A wish to see fiance’s overseas war grave sparked a mission to document every one

Stuff New Zealand: A wish to see fiance’s overseas war grave sparked a mission to document every one. “Dennis Kerins had a vision. He wanted to photograph all war graves and primary memorials of New Zealanders who died in conflicts overseas and create a digital archive so biographical information and images are available online. Kerins, with the help of fellow New Zealand War Graves Trust trustee Derrick Bunn, has now gathered 40,000 images of headstones and cemeteries.”

‘Find Those Bodies’: Behind One Man’s Push to Restore a North Texas Freedman’s Cemetery (Dallas Observer)

Dallas Observer: ‘Find Those Bodies’: Behind One Man’s Push to Restore a North Texas Freedman’s Cemetery. “Willie Hudspeth drove past the burial site the first time he went looking for the bodies. The longtime activist was trekking down a country road in search of a freedman’s cemetery in Pilot Point, a small town north of Denton. But over time, nature had run its course. Grass and weeds blanketed some 400 graves of St. John’s Cemetery, the final resting place for a community composed of freed slaves. Before a fence was installed, cattle would occasionally roam through the wooded grounds.”

Digital Library of Georgia: Urban planning, civil rights, and trends in landscape design in Savannah are highlighted in the newest collection available from the Digital Library of Georgia

Digital Library of Georgia: Urban planning, civil rights, and trends in landscape design in Savannah are highlighted in the newest collection available from the Digital Library of Georgia. “The historical significance of the collection may not be obvious at first, but Luciana Spracher, director for the City of Savannah Municipal Archives, describes its importance to contemporary research: ‘While on the surface the Park and Tree Commission Minutes might seem mundane, upon closer inspection they contain important information that reflects the intersections of urban planning and civil rights, trends in landscape design, development of Savannah’s cemeteries (both African American and white, since Savannah’s cemeteries were originally segregated), and details such as the use of convict labor in city infrastructure projects; all topics that draw on current socio-political trends and that are largely underrepresented in scholarship.’”

Reuters: The race to save African-American cemeteries from being ‘erased’

Reuters: The race to save African-American cemeteries from being ‘erased’. “There are no national estimates on the number of Black cemeteries that are under threat from developers or have been abandoned. In Florida, where the governor this month signed a bill creating a task force to study the issue, lawmakers estimate there could be as many as 3,000. [Barbara] Heath and others have been supporting bills in Congress that would create a database of African-American cemeteries across the country and fund education and preservation programs.

The Daily Orange: SU receives grants to digitize Oakwood Cemetery, Latinx community records

The Daily Orange: SU receives grants to digitize Oakwood Cemetery, Latinx community records. “A pair of state grants will enable Syracuse University professors and staff to digitize valuable records pertaining to Oakwood Cemetery and Syracuse’s Latino community. The grants, awarded by the Central New York Libraries Resource Council, will support two projects: converting decades-old death and burial records for Oakwood Cemetery into a searchable database and expanding digital access to cultural artifacts in the La Casita Cultural Center’s archives.”

Tennessee Historical Commission: Tennessee Historic Cemetery Register and GIS Map of the State’s Historic Cemeteries

Tennessee Historical Commission: Tennessee Historic Cemetery Register and GIS Map of the State’s Historic Cemeteries. “The Tennessee Historic Cemetery Preservation Program will soon make a map of the state’s historic cemeteries available to the public. Identifying locations of the state’s numerous cemeteries is an on-going project and the map is subject to change as this work progresses. The Tennessee Historical Commission defines historic cemeteries as those 50 years old or older. However, some of the cemeteries on the map are not historic by definition–yet.”

The City: One in 10 Local COVID Victims Destined for Hart Island, NYC’s Potter’s Field

The City: One in 10 Local COVID Victims Destined for Hart Island, NYC’s Potter’s Field. “More people were buried on Hart Island in 2020 than any year during the AIDS epidemic — and the city is on pace to inter one in 10 of its COVID-19 victims in the potter’s field. An exclusive analysis of city data, public records and interviews with dozens of local officials indicates at least 2,334 adults were buried on Hart Island in 2020 — 2 ½ times the figure recorded in 2019 and about 1,000 more than in 1988, the peak year for AIDS burials.”

KSAT: Proposed African American cemetery database pending in Congress

KSAT: Proposed African American cemetery database pending in Congress. “Nationally recognized for his work that often bears historical and cultural significance, Everett Fly, is also known for helping descendants find and restore forgotten African-American cemeteries. Word about Fly’s expertise reached the offices of U.S. Reps. Alma Adams, of North Carolina, and A. Donald McEachin, of Virginia. The representatives introduced the African-American Burial Grounds Network Act, which would create a national database of African American cemeteries.”

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online

American Ancestors: Massachusetts Catholic Cemetery Records Now Available Online. “Researchers can now search hundreds of thousands of records containing detailed information about people buried in eastern Massachusetts Catholic cemeteries through a new online database, thanks to a partnership between American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society, the Archive Department of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston (RCAB), and The Catholic Cemetery Association of the Archdiocese of Boston, Inc. (CCA).” You will have to have a membership to American Ancestors.

NY Daily News: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery seeks to honor WWII veterans with extensive online database

NY Daily News: Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery seeks to honor WWII veterans with extensive online database. “World War II veterans buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn will soon be honored by a team of dedicated archivists set on preserving their memories. Staffers and volunteers at the historic grounds will pore over internment records and public documents to help identify men and women who served in the Second World War, and compile that information into an extensive online database to help honor their legacies…”