following are organizations and resources that we look to for guidance in the
care and preservation of the often fragile pieces of history that our pioneer
cemeteries and church buildings are. Please refer to these well-educated
and experienced resources before undertaking any restoration to any cemetery
artifacts, such as tombstones, fencing, or plantings. Well-meaning, but
ill-prepared efforts can cause potentially serious damage.
Preservation Associations & Newsletters - these links have guidelines for caring for and cleaning
of tombstones, database tools for documenting your family cemetery, about
establishing and managing perpetual care funds, etc.:
Grave - check out their website for "how-to"
guides and cemetery restoration projects
Cemetery Preservation - "How Do I Clean a Gravemarker?"
and the Cemetery Database for Access 2000 are two of our
favorites, but all of the articles posted on this site are well
GravestonePreservation.info - Several well-written articles on the
various things encountered when restoring a cemetery are presented on this
Regional and National Genealogical
and Historical Resources and Examples:
- Transcriptions of cemeteries submitted by researchers grouped by State and
- Researcher-submitted information (and occasionally including portraits or
tombstone photos) of individual burials in a searchable online database -
special section dedicated to famous individuals. Personal experience has
shown that, since it is submitted by individuals, there is a risk that the
dates and spelling of names is not always accurate - use as a guideline and in
good genealogical practice, confirm the facts for yourself! (the same advice
is true for Interment.net above, though there the focus is on reading the
stones and documenting what is inscribed there, rather than having the
influence of other information sources to confuse or confirm that data that
most family researchers deal with).
Hill Cemetery Association - a local cemetery preservation association in
Randolph Co., working to preserve and protect historic Arnold Hill
Cemetery. Their website also provides links to local historical and
American Cemeteries Online - a part of The Millennium Project: "People working together to build an online database
of African American genealogical material for the 21st century"
to the Past - a wonderful website created and maintained by Barry
Huffstutler of Cabell Co. on Cabell County and family history, including
comprehensive list of cemetery readings and photos. Barry has done a wonderful
job on this very user-friendly and informative site, and has graciously
offered to collaborate with WVCPA to get the information out to researchers as
swiftly as possible through our two sites. It's good to be working with you,
Cemetery Online - a register of West Virginia newspapers online by
location, with links to their published obituaries. If you're
researching from a distance and don't know what the name of local newspapers
are, this is a good place to start.
WVpics - a site that includes, among other things of historic
interest, a selection of rare15 minute West Virginia topographical maps
from the 1915-1945 era. The web master of the Historic WVpics site,
Keith Pride, also maintains a number of pages dedicated to cemeteries in
Marion county and others that we link to on the WVCPA site, as well as a
collection of Historic Road Signs from several counties in WV. Well
worth the visit to his site!
Obscurely Famous -
A series of television programs produced for West
Virginia Public Television by West Virginian Jack Crutchfield. In the
series, he documents 'obscurely famous' folks, like Mark Twain's
grandfather, Titanic survivor Eloise Hunt, and one of the Civil War's
youngest boy soldiers buried in West Virginia cemeteries.
Parkersburg Nostalgic Gazette - a site dedicated to primarily providing
online documentation of Parkersburg's pioneer cemeteries, created and managed
by Christy and Jeff Little of Parkersburg, WV. Other historical subject matter
will be added to the site in the future. If you're doing research on families
in this area, we recommend visiting this site - or if you're looking for good
ideas on how to document your local community cemeteries online, Christy and
Jeff's work is among the finest we've seen on the Web!
Vietnam Wall - link to
a "virtual wall", memorializing not only to the fallen Vietnam veterans of
West Virginia, but from across the United States - click on the desired
state to follow links to the databases for that state
Pioneers - a website dedicated to the historic research of the families of
Jackson County, WV - compiled by Betty Briggs, noted Jackson County
historian. Betty has partnered with WVCPA to help get the "data out
to the masses" about the cemeteries of Jackson County, and is working
with us on the documentation of many of the cemeteries in the county. We
highly recommend visiting her "Cemeteries" page,
accessible from the WV Pioneers home page at the link above. Where our paths
cross on Jackson County cemetery pages, we have also provided links directly
to her pages for the same cemeteries to maximize your research opportunities.
Neighboring States Are Doing - Ideas You Might Share With Your Local Community: