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County Cemetery Information & Links
Is A Cemetery
Lives are commemorated - deaths arerecorded - families are reunited - memories are made tangible - and love is undisguised. This is a cemetery.
Communities accord respect, familiesbestow reverence, historians seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched.
Testimonies of devotion, pride andremembrance are carved in stone to pay warm tribute to accomplishments and to the life - not death - of a loved one.
The cemetery is homeland for familymemorials that are a sustaining source of comfort to the living.
A cemetery is a history of people - aperpetual record of yesterday and a sanctuary of peace and quiet today. A cemetery exists because every life is worth loving and remembering - always.
CEMETERY DATA BASE BEGINNING
At any rate, during this healing process I came across a professional cemetery program that I have purchased and I will be entering in all the data I have for all the those buried in the county, and am in the process of taking digital images of all legible stones in Livingston County and scanning in cemetery plot maps, so you will be able to click and point to get lots of information and in thousands of cases you will be able to actually see a digital image of the stone.....due to the dedication of Dianne Richards and Linda Philburn and the support of the Howell Carnegie Library, they are copying all of the obits etc. from all of the old county newspapers and those will also be added to this database so another click will maybe bring you the obit. I must admit that I sort of thought there might only be about 25 cemeteries in the county, but so far have come up with 86, I have about three quarters digitized....so hopefully the legs will not give out.....
One of these days we will do a small project....<grin>
On Site Cemetery Information Data Links
Livingston County Death Index Extracted by
This index does NOT include all deaths that have occurred in the county. :(((
Please keep in mind, we do not have any additional information, you must contact the:
Livingston County Courthouse & the Clerks Office for more information
Township Maps Showing Location of Cemeteries
Livingston County Cemeteries - Complete Alphabetical List (See Townships for Locations)
7,000 Resident listing of Livingston County Cemeteries that was originally compiled from the three volumes that the DAR did in the late 1940's. This section above all else managed to confuse numerous researchers and they felt that although the job that was done was phenomenal, they were spending more time clicking from page to page and thus losing precious time on line. I have just completed the beginning of the overhaul of the cemetery residence index by changing the list to a table format and then adding in the cemetery name right next to the person interred. I have also linked the main cemetery page to each of these people. Eventually as I get all the photos of the tombstones taken of all of the cemeteries, they will be posted also. I am also collecting other readings that were not included in this collection and although they will not have an index number, I will have the cemetery and the data connected.
Rural Cemeteries of Livingston County Cemetery Name Index
I have a number of people think I am totally off the edge for digitizing the various cemeteries in Livingston County, better than my trying to explain, I think this beautiful poem says it all! As I film the various sites, it is obvious that it is already way too late for many of the stones, and sadly unless someone gets organized and cleans up these pieces of Livingston County History, they will go the way of the Historic Lee Home which could not escape the wrecking ball last year and was torn down....the only remaining building in the county from that time period of 1840. :(((((
Recording of a Cemetery
we walked where others walked
our hearts were touched
we saw where the grandparents lay
we wondered about an unmarked spot;
we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
we recorded for kith and kin
it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
Off Site Cemetery Information Data Links
Memorial Day Project: Although this project was begun several years ago on Memorial Day, why not start a tradition that will continue all year in helping others realize the importance and respect that cemeteries should be given? Another USGenWeb Coordinator for Gratiot County, Patricia Hamp has gotten Boy Scouts involved in her area as part of a giant project to transcribe tombstones all over the U.S. on Memorial Day week-end which was the brainstorm of Pam Reid. This could bring a real avalanche of genealogical data if we got the (snow) ball rolling now, if you are interested in getting involved in this project check out this site...it has great ideas! If you cannot help with this project now, perhaps put it on your lists of to do things so those of us who are concerned will not have to read another article like I read recently in our local paper about vandals destroying tombstones in the Brighton Village Cemetery. I have now filmed this cemetery digitally, and I was personally appalled....there must be 80% damage to the stones....how sad that people are no longer respectful of the final resting place of the dead. I have personally helped two different troops in restoring 3 local cemeteries here in Livingston County and hope to get more done soon.
Saving Graves - An awesome brand new site dedicated to protecting the last resting place of those who have come before us. I am hoping to link Livingston County soon.
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