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.
There was an article in yesterday’s (9/12) Huntsville Times about a local Boy Scout who, as a part of his Eagle Scout project, transcribed the burials in Madison City Cemetery and will be submitting to the USGenWeb project for Madison County, Alabama.
The article can be found here.
Foster Cemetery burials in Lawrence County, Alabama, are being relocated. Read the complete article (many names and surnames listed) in the Decatur Daily article.
Members of St. John’s Baptist Church have cleaned up Lakeview Cemetery and had it added to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register and that is just the beginning. . . read the Birmingham News article online here.
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.
A transcription of burials at Morris Cemetery has been added to the Jefferson County Tombstone Project by Linda Whitworth. You can find her transcription and detailed information (including maps) about the history of the cemetery by clicking here.
A transcription of the burials at Sulphur Springs Cemetery is now online at interment.net. The cemetery is adjacent to Sulphur Springs Baptist Church and is located on County Road 10 between Trussville and Moody.
A list of all Jefferson County transcriptions at interment.net can be found by clicking here.