We have been collecting cemetery grave marker transcriptions, locations with “how to find directions”, histories, maps, etc. since our beginning. Transcription of grave markers from many cemeteries around the country have been published in our quarterlies or bound in book form in our library. Check us out by a visit and ask for help in locating the cemetery data. We may be able to save you a trip… for instance most every cemetery in Butler County, Alabama has been transcribed and published in our quarterlies. We have accumulated mostly Florida cemeteries, including the vast collection of books published by the Baker County Historical Society. All grave markers in non-commercial cemeteries in Duval County have been transcribed with a few exceptions where no markers can be found. We are in hopes to one day have a ready reference to the commercial cemeteries. We would welcome a donation of any cemetery that we don’t presently have (We prefer entire cemeteries, not just a family plot).
We were represented on the Blue Ribbon Cemetery Commission sponsored by the JCCI. One of the requirements from the City Council was that a volunteer Liaison Committee report the condition of the Abandoned and Neglected Cemeteries to the Council on an annual basis. SGES appointed Jon R. Ferguson and Michael E. Lawson as that committee. In addition to the annual reports, it was determined wise to send a one-time report on every cemetery in Duval County to the Councilman in that District. This is an on-going project to which almost every Monday is devoted to that cause. In addition to that, the Council required that a volunteer group be available for training folks in cleaning and maintaining grave markers, etc. We are fortunate to have several members who are willing to step forward in this capacity as needed.
In addition to all of this, we have amassed a very large quantity of obituaries. You may just find one for your ancestor in our library. Why not check us out?
Jon R. Ferguson and Michael E. Lawson have presented several programs to various groups concerning cemeteries and the importance of preserving this part of history…a major source of genealogy data. Jon and Mike also host the library every Thursday from 10-3!
To learn more about SGES’s cemetery activities, check out the cemetery topic on our blog.