Last week, a new update for Names In Stone was released, adding some great new tools for researchers and volunteers who want to help cemeteries.
Worldwide Cemetery Options
With the original release of Names In Stone, the availability of cemetery projects was limited to the U.S. and Canada. The updated Names In Stone has an enhanced cemetery research page that will now provide opportunities to create cemetery maps and search cemetery records all around the world. Some of the benefits you will see with this new change include:
- Volunteer cemetery projects anywhere in the world
- New capabilities with map based genealogy research. Interact with cemeteries visually on the map.
- Search by location or cemetery name anywhere in the world.
As part of this worldwide upgrade, a fully interactive map of the world has been introduced. Users now have the ability to search any area of the world using a new dynamic cemetery search engine or by simply locating a cemetery on the map.
The new search lets you enter either cemetery names, locations, or a combination of both. If you enter both, be sure to enter the cemetery name first. The search works dynamically, returning possible match interests as you type.
With the new map, you can simply move to any area where cemetery markers are found and click select to get more information or to volunteer to help. You will of course still find areas where cemeteries have not been added, but these can easily be added by any registered visitor of the site.
130,000 New Cemetery Locations
As part of this release, more than 130,000 U.S. cemetery locations have been included. Sometimes the most difficult question to answer in cemetery genealogy is, “Which cemetery could my ancestors be buried in?” Now you can visually see what cemeteries are in an area. If your ancestors burial record isn't listed at least you can identify some of the possible cemeteries where your ancestors may be buried.
Map of continental U.S. cemeteries.
More Options for Volunteers
With this new release, there are also enhanced opportunities for volunteers. Now more than one user can help map a community cemetery, making it possible for a broader base of helpers to contribute to a project. Even mapping a smaller cemetery can be a daunting task for one person or a small group to tackle. Now you and any amount of other volunteers can help complete a project.
Users can now help at any level they have time or ability. There are even volunteer options where you don’t even have to leave your home – that might be nice during the cold winter months. A volunteer can now just enter missing cemetery locations, draw cemetery boundaries, or enter information about a cemetery. Here are some of the great opportunities for volunteering:
- Add cemetery locations that are missing
- Draw cemetery boundaries on the map
- Enter details about cemeteries: address, email, location, etc.
- Add some graves for a cemetery
- Enter deceased for graves
- Upload headstone photos and other documents
- Transcribe photos and other documents
- Organize a complete cemetery project with your family or friends
More to Come
Development director Bruce Cheney stated: “This is a pretty exciting time. The options for cemetery records preservation have been greatly enhanced. Users can map cemeteries all around the world and with our mapping enhancements, users can easily see what cemeteries are in the area they are doing research. What’s most exciting to me is that this is only the beginning of the great things we have planned.”Check out the new Names In Stone Cemeteries page.