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Received this post on the Coordinators List. I know many of you have been
discussing this very issue regarding some of our Decatur County and
Crawford County Cemeteries.
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2010 19:15:02 EDT
Subject: New Rootsweb Mailing List -
My cousin David Reed, the List Adminstrator for _Maine@rootsweb, _
(mailto:Maine@rootsweb, ) _New-Eng-Gen@rootsweb_
and I have had many online conversations about how sad it is to see old
historic cemeteries fall into disrepair and neglect. We have done a lot
research on what can be done to preserve these places that have such
significant genealogical value.
We decided to ask Rootsweb to establish a new list that covers historic
preservation of cemeteries. There are Rootsweb lists that answer queries
about cemeteries in specific states, but nothing that covered methods of
preserving and restoring cemeteries. If asked whether we have all the
course the answer is "no", but hopefully, we can find answers through the
sharing of information, and resources.
This is the description of the group that David and I have created,
although Rootsweb had to shorten it a bit to fit the space they have
"Discussion and sharing of information by individuals interested in
saving local history and culture through the preservation of historic
that may be the only remnant of information regarding early settlements
and the pioneers who link us to past history and genealogical
Discussions shall include: Preservation of historical information about
cemeteries, identification of groups interested in historical cemetery
preservation, research techniques on how to locate historic and abandoned
cemeteries, methods to photograph historical tombstones, research
suggestions, computer databases for organizing databases for organizing
research, potential funding grants (USA), the safeguarding and
transcription records and hopefully, the creation of new groups with a
commitment to cemetery preservation and the preservation of local history
culture in areas where none exist.
Queries regarding specific ancestors and local cemeteries should be
Although a single Administrator must be named for a given Rootsweb online
list, David Reed and I will share the responsibilities equally. As of
today, the list is "open for business".
To make it easy, if you will send me a PRIVATE e-mail at
_Scrapcat2(a)aol.com_ (mailto:Scrapcat2@aol.com) _ and tell me whether you
want the digest
version of individual messages, I can press some buttons
make it easy for you to join. Or you can join through the regular sign-up