Fields Cemetery Dedication set for May

Fields Cemetery entrance

Fields Cemetery Dedication

Fields Cemetery

Brookside, Alabama

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

2 pm

Come enjoy the rededication with a full rededication program.

Then join us for a Fields Family reunion immediately following at the Pavilion at Brookside Ballpark. Bring your pictures, stories, and family trees to share.

FYI: Its Memorial day weekend so plan ahead

Contact Claudia Kraemer for additional information.

Note: The Birmingham Genealogical Society has no affiliation with the above group. We are posting as a service to our members and others who might be interesting in attending the dedication service.

Hodges Cemetery in Mt. Olive Threatened by Development

Hodges Cemetery is located on Hodges Cemetery Road in Mt. Olive. It dates to at least 1887 and was started by W. L. Hodges. Kathy Hodges Young, a descendant, is working to preserve and maintain the cemetery. There are currently 33 marked burials, but it is believed there could be 133-135 total burials.

Read about the challenges Ms. Young is facing to keep the family cemetery safe in the Birmingham News article here.

Shadow Lawn Cemetery being Restored

The Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association has taken over the care of one of Birmingham’s oldest remaining black cemeteries. Shadow Lawn has fallen into disrepair and been the subject of numerous negligence lawsuits in recent years. Read more about the work of the association the the need for funds to continue to help restore the badly neglected cemetery in a Birmingham News article here.

Update on Lawrence County cemetery relocation

There is an article online updating the progress of the removal of Foster’s Cemetery in Lawrence County to a new location. I am impressed with the work those involved in the project are doing to identify the “unknowns” in the cemetery. Read the complete article online here.

From the article:

Known surnames in the Foster Cemetery

The known surnames in the Foster Cemetery are Allen, Bynum, Campbell, Dillon, Fitzgerald, Foster, Harris, Hampton, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Jones, Lyles, Minor, Penchion, Sherrod, Speake, Smith, Smiley, Steward, White and Willard.. If you have additional information about the cemetery, please contact Tom McKnight at (256) 332-3016 or (914) 409-5529.

Group forms in Chilton County to preserve local cemeteries

A group is being formed in Chilton County dedicated to restoring and preserving Chilton County cemeteries. They have a website located here.

They are in the process of forming a nonprofit organization, but membership at the site itself will remain open to all after they get nonprofit status. The message boards are not for genealogical discussions except for how they relate to cemeteries. The site is purely for sharing information on Chilton cemeteries, planning restoration projects, and looking for groups or organizations interested in adopting cemeteries and helping maintain them.

For those with ancestors and cousins buried in Chilton County this is great news. Preserving our local cemeteries, especially those no longer being maintained, is a topic that we, as genealogists and family history researchers, can get fired up about. In the same vein as the post last week on County Records, get involved locally to preserve an abandoned/uncared for cemetery near you – there are someone’s ancestors if not yours. If you cannot give of your time, consider a monetary donation for maintenance costs. If you cannot give a monetary donation, consider giving your time.

At the state level we have the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance. On its website you can find the information below and much, much more.