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# Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Search Burials and Cemetery Maps on New Site
Posted by Diane

This site is just getting off the ground, but it’ll be really cool if it takes off.

Names in Stone is a cemetery mapping site—you can search for a grave and get a map showing where it is in the cemetery and whose plots are nearby.

Only a handful of cemeteries are covered as yet, mostly in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and California.

You can encourage larger, managed cemeteries to participate, or map smaller, volunteer-run cemeteries yourself and upload the data. (Get instructions on the site. More mapping tips are on an associated blog called Grave Mappers.)

It’s free to search on a name and see available details from that person’s headstone—could be birth and death dates, burial date, parents’ names, military service, etc.—as well as the grave location (shown below), cemetery name, cemetery map, address, GPS coordinates and driving directions.



You can purchase virtual gravestone décor; you decorate the stone yourself by dragging and dropping images of flowers and swags.

Paying members ($7.95 per month, $39.99 per year) can save searches, save a “cemeteries of interest” list, be notified of matches to automated searches and receive discounts on gravestone décor.

Cemeteries | Genealogy Web Sites
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 9:10:23 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [2]
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 11:44:43 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I think this is a very neat idea, but it will be hard to make it useful in many areas. Many large cemeteries won't care enough to make the effort and individuals can only survey cemeteries of 200 or less.
Friday, December 19, 2008 1:47:08 AM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Large cemeteries are actually finding this very useful - it gives them off-site storage for their data and saves them a lot of employee hours spent searching for information for patrons. Also, the website suggestion that individuals should survey cemeteries under 200 graves is a guideline. I recently helped map a cemetery of about 300 graves on Names in Stone and it was very do-able. I think the best rule of thumb is that cemeteries with managing organizations (such as cities, funeral homes, cemetery districts) are much larger and will have the resources to have their cemeteries digitally mapped. Smaller cemeteries (family or volunteer maintained) don't have these resources and need volunteers to create their maps for them.
JoLyn
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