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.”

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).”

WMDT: Historic Salisbury cemetery receives state recognition, new database for veterans graves

WMDT: Historic Salisbury cemetery receives state recognition, new database for veterans graves. “A Victorian-era cemetery in Salisbury has been recognized at the state level and it’s all thanks to some 21st century technology. ‘The thing with being a veteran is you’re forgotten when no one ever speaks your name again,’ says Carol Smith with the Parsons Advisory Committee. A recently finished project will help ensure the more than 12-hundred veterans buried in Salisbury’s Parsons Cemetery won’t be forgotten.”

163 veterans’ graves have been located in the Smokies. A new database is helping honor them (Knox News)

Knox News: 163 veterans’ graves have been located in the Smokies. A new database is helping honor them. “From the American Revolution to the Vietnam War, countless Tennesseans have sacrificed their lives for the United States. Some are remembered with extravagant headstones — others with small rocks marking their graves. But no matter what, Joe Emert told Knox News, ‘we just can never forget our veterans.’ Emert is an organizer for a project launched in January to discover and document veterans buried in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on both the Tennessee and North Carolina sides.”

Daily Mail: Church of England to launch a ‘Google Maps for graves’ within five years enabling family historians to search for burial records and locations in an online database

Daily Mail is not a resource I link to often, but in this case…. Daily Mail: Church of England to launch a ‘Google Maps for graves’ within five years enabling family historians to search for burial records and locations in an online database. “Thousands of cemeteries across the UK will be imaged and mapped over the next five years to create a comprehensive database of British burial sites. The Church of England project hopes to immortalise the tombs of millions of people buried in Anglican graveyards as well as those interred on unconsecrated land.”

EurekAlert: Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves

EurekAlert: Anonymous no more: combining genetics with genealogy to identify the dead in unmarked graves. “In Quebec, gravestones did not come into common use until the second half of the 19th century, so historical cemeteries contain many unmarked graves. Inspired by colleagues at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University, a team of researchers in genetics, archaeology and demography from three Quebec universities (Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières) conducted a study in which they combined genealogical information from BALSAC (a Quebec database that is the only one of its kind in the world) with genetic information from more than 960 modern Quebecers in order to access the genetic profile of Quebec’s historical population. The results, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, suggest the capabilities that this method may offer in the near future.”

Baumel Joseph: Preserving a lost grave through social media (Canadian Jewish News)

Canadian Jewish News: Baumel Joseph: Preserving a lost grave through social media. “Recently, Sass Peress experienced a “miracle.” He wanted to locate and preserve his paternal grandfather’s grave in Iraq. But, how could he? There was no way he or any member of his family could go back there. That world of their existence was closed, trampled upon and inaccessible. Or so he thought. Then, from a chance Facebook encounter, his efforts moved a vast anonymous community of Jews and Iraqi Muslims to preserve 4,000 Jewish graves. And the project is growing.”

Send2Press: Women and The Vote NYS Initiative Honors State Suffragists (PRESS RELEASE)

Send2Press: Women and The Vote NYS Initiative Honors State Suffragists (PRESS RELEASE). “Women and the Vote NYS announces that a new initiative, timed to coincide with the 19th Amendment Centennial, is being launched to develop a mobile-friendly online database with interactive map of gravesites across New York State of the suffragists who worked tirelessly to bring about women’s right to vote.”

Penobscot Bay Pilot: The hidden, neglected graves of Maine

New-to-me, from Penobscot Bay Pilot: The hidden, neglected graves of Maine. “The website lists many resources, including The Maine Inscription Project, started by Roland Jordan, which has an online database of more than a million inscriptions on gravestones all over Maine. As a benefit of their $7 yearly subscription, these records are accessible to members [of the Maine Old Cemetery Association].”

The West Australian: Grave markers’ work available on website

The West Australian: Grave markers’ work available on website. “A not-for-profit group working to put names and stories to unmarked or ‘lonely’ graves in the Goldfields have launched a new website dubbed a ‘brilliant research tool’. The Outback Grave Markers have spent the past four years travelling across remote WA preserving the region’s history, placing plaques at more than 500 graves, including 100 in Leonora.”

ABC News (Australia): Grave enthusiasts unearth the forgotten history of Indonesia for Instagram community

ABC News (Australia): Grave enthusiasts unearth the forgotten history of Indonesia for Instagram community. “Ms [Ruri] Hargiyono is part of a new Instagram-based community in Jakarta, called Indonesia Graveyard, dedicated to exploring the nation’s past through its dead. She explores historical landmarks in and around the capital with her friend Deni Priya Prasetia, whom she met at a history club in Jakarta. Sharing each other’s passion for history and photography, they started documenting the untold stories of the city’s burial places and founded the Indonesian Graveyard group in 2016.”