Cemetery Related Articles

The Name of a Cemetery

by Steve Paul Johnson
November 14, 2001

The name of a cemetery is too easily taken for granted.

When creating a cemetery transcription, transcribers are not doing the "due diligence" to verify the actual name of the cemetery. This is particularly the case with cemeteries in rural areas, or abandoned cemeteries.

The trouble occurs when someone uses a transcription to determine the burial location of a relative or friend. If the correct name is not identified on the transcription, it can lead people into an endless search.

It can also cause headaches in trying to identify one transcription from another.

For example, St. Raymonds Cemetery in Bronx County, New York is a very well known cemetery. But there are actually two of them, both located close to each other. One is referred to as "Old St. Raymonds" and the other is referred to as "New St. Raymonds". Sometimes, New St. Raymonds is just referred to as "St. Raymonds".

Location, Location, Location!

by Steve Paul Johnson
June 24, 2001

When compiling a cemetery transcription, it is necessary to identify the precise geographic location of the cemetery.

There are a few good reasons why.

Identifying the Correct Cemetery

Identifying the correct cemetery has proven itself to be a difficult task for us folks at Interment.net. Some transcriptions sent to us have very little information describing the location of the cemetery. Sometimes, we don't know which cemetery it is. We do have our reference books with us, and we make use of various web resources out there, but still, sometimes we really don't know which cemetery was recorded.

For example, in Los Angeles County, there are two cemeteries named "Holy Cross Cemetery", one in Culver City, and another in Pomona. If the transcription does not identify the town it is located in, we have no way of knowing which cemetery it is referring to.

In many rural areas, there are several small cemeteries scattered about. Quite often, these cemeteries don't have signs identifying their names. The best way to identify these cemeteries is by providing its exact location. Without this information, it becomes nearly impossible to identify the cemetery. What happens is that we publish the transcription under whatever name is given to us. Then in the future, a different person may submit their own transcription of the same cemetery, and we won't realize that it is the same cemetery we published earlier.

Using a GPS Device

Steve Paul Johnson
January 8, 2001

My wife and I, along with a friend of ours, were deep in the southeastern California desert in search of a small cemetery used by workers of the Southern Pacific Railroad during the late 1800s. It was called "Amos Cemetery", and we were told it was about 14 miles north of Glamis along the Ted Kipf road.

So along we drove, stirring up dust and sand in our 4x4s in search of this place. We finally had to stop and ask a group of dirt bikers if they knew where it was. They told us we had overshot it about a mile back. We went back and finally found it.

When I got back home, I downloaded the photos into my laptop, and began preparing the webpage to publish on Interment.net. I always try to include directions on how to get to the cemetery, but this one was tough. I did manage to write some directions, but they were not any more helpful than those that were originally given to us. If I tried to go back there 10 years from now, I may forget how to find it.

I decided I should invest in a GPS device.

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