Thursday, February 19, 2009

Names in Stone & Grave Mappers

I was introduced to a website today called Names in Stone. According to one of its team members, they are "creating online interactive cemetery maps...this is a great place to preserve the records of small and abandoned family cemeteries. The maps are great because the burial record for every grave is attached to the map. All you have to do is click on a grave and the record pops up. You can also attach headstone photos and other digital images to the graves."

I have not joined the site yet, but I plan on doing so in the next day or two. There are both free and paid memberships, currently $39.99 per year or $7.95 per month. The main difference between a free and paid membership seems to be the ability to save searches and get e-mail updates when graves you are interested in change. You also get discounts on decorations you can place on the virtual graves. The site is kinda like Find-A-Grave but more visual.

I checked for Virginia and there is only one cemetery that I see. Maybe I am missing something but our state appears to be under represented. I am not sure how long the site has been up so it might need some time to grow. I am sure they would appreciate you logging in and adding a few Virginia cemeteries.

There is also a companion blog, Grave Mappers, that you can also check out. If anyone is familiar with these sites, please give us some follow-up comments about what you know. I will make a future post on what I find once I join and log-in to the site formally.

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