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Gainesville, Florida Cemetery an Historical Landmark

The following excerpt is from an article by Lawrence Chan, published in the April 18, 2014 edition of It started with a baby and a cedar tree. In 1856, James Tilatha Thomas, a cotton farmer and landowner, buried his 10-day-old daughter beneath a cedar tree. Eight months later, his wife Elizabeth Jane Hall Thomas […]

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National Park Service Adds Arlington National Cemetery to National Register of Historic Places

The following announcement is from the National Park Service: Washington: April 15, 2014 – The National Park Service today announced that Arlington National Cemetery Historic District, which includes the famed military cemetery among 69 contributing features, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy […]

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Anaheim, California’s Holy Cross Cemetery

Cemteries and those buried in them are often forgotten… Here’s a teaser from an article about one of those forgotten places… You know a cemetery is lonely when the man in charge of it doesn’t have a clue about its history. And that’s exactly the case with Holy Cross Cemetery in Anaheim, one of the […]

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Gainesville, Georgia African-American Cemetery Found

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the April 8, 2014 edition of A temporary, handwritten sign marks the site of the small cemetery. It reads “New Bethel Church, Strickland Cemetery.” The final word has already faded though the sign was erected only a few months prior. The sign was placed there […]

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BillionGraves iOS App Now Available in 25 Languages

The following is from Billion Graves: Last month we announced our international collaboration with MyHeritage to make BillionGraves available to every person in the world. Today we are happy to announce the release of our BillionGraves app in the iTunes markets in 25 languages! That’s right, the BillionGraves app is now available in 25 languages!! […]

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MyHeritage Produces Video About Their Global Cemetery Inititive

A few days ago, MyHeritage launched a pro-bono global initiative with BillionGraves to preserve every cemetery and gravestone in the world and they are providing the content online, for free. This project is important and beneficial for genealogists everywhere. MyHeritage just have produced a short video about it. It features Gilad Japhet (MyHeritage’s Founder and […]

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FamilySearch Adds Nearly 11.1 Million Indexed Records & Images to Collections from Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, & the USA

The following was received from FamilySearch: FamilySearch has added close to 11.1 million indexed records and images to collections from Barbados, BillionGraves, Brazil, Canada, England, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United States. Notable collection updates include the 1,703,529 indexed records from the U.S., Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1846–1910, collection; […]

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It’s Time to Make Reasonable Access to the Burial Place of Nearly 1 Million New Yorkers

The following excerpt is from a fascinating opinion article posted March 18, 2014 on the New York Times website. The author’s opinion is that Hart Island should be transferred from the Department of Corrections to the Department of Parks and Recreation – making it much more available to he public. ON New York City maps, […]

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Hundreds of Headstones Charred by Fire at Chattanooga National Cemetery

The following teaser is from an article in the March 11, 2014 edition of For the second time in less than two months a Sunday afternoon grass fire has scorched tombstones at Chattanooga National Cemetery, and state and national investigators want to know why. A 911 call came in at 1:54 p.m. Sunday informing […]

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MyHeritage Team Captures over 50,000 Gravestone Images in 3 Hours in Isreal’s Segula Cemetery

I got a note from Daniel Horowitz at this morning telling me that the MyHeritage Israel team just kick-started their global initiative that we recently announced together with BillionGraves, the project in which they wish to digitally preserve the world’s cemeteries. Following is the majority of the note he sent me. “We decided that […]

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Mississippi State Lunatic Asylum Cemetery Found – and it’s In The Way

The following teaser is from the March 8, 2014 edition of CNN – Amid a grove of trees, buried beneath the grass and dirt, Mississippi’s past is colliding with its future. Surveyors last month discovered dozens of neat, tight rows of coffins just feet below the ground at the University of Mississippi Medical Center […]

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Construction at Riverside National Cemetery Causes Controversy

The following excerpt is from an article posted at the website. RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A congressman is stepping in to help the family of a soldier buried at California’s Riverside National Cemetery. A friend of Lieutenant Jared Landaker says the the family pushed for protection of military grave sites after seeing the cemetery turned […]

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Ottawa Cemetery Unearthed in LRT Dig Prompts Call for Descendants

The following excerpt is from an article posted in the March 3, 2014 edition of the CBC News. The province of Ontario is asking descendants of people buried in a forgotten cemetery near Elgin and Queen Streets in Ottawa to come forward to determine what should be done with their remains. Human remains and casket […]

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California Cemetery Agrees to $80M Settlement

The following excerpt is from an article published in the February 27, 2014 edition of Los Angeles (CNN) — One of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the Los Angeles area has agreed to an $80.5 million settlement of a lawsuit that accused it of desecrating remains, according to court documents. The suit, filed in […]

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The following news release is from PRNewsWire: WASHINGTON, Pa., Feb. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Every year, thousands of cremated remains go unclaimed for a variety of reasons at funeral homes, cremation providers and local and state agencies across the country. Attempting to fix that issue, Michael Neal, a funeral director in Washington, Pa., has launched […]

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