KSL News Radio: Fred Ball, Speaking on Business -- June 9, 2009
"I just discovered a fascinating and revolutionary new Web site — namesinstone.com. Names in Stone is a repository of interactive cemetery records and maps that allows visitors to search for a burial record and quickly retrieve the grave location and information about the deceased." Read more or listen to the broadcast.
Internet Genealogy, April/May 2009 -- "Virtual Memorial: Names In Stone" by Lisa A. Alzo
"While Names in Stone is just getting off the ground, the concept appears to have some real potential. Not only does it offer long-distance genealogists the ability to view the burial places of their ancestors, without the expense of having to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles, but it also provides a way to preserve the records of small family cemeteries or cemeteries that might otherwise be forgotten."
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Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal, March 19, 2009 -- "Names in Stone: Another Way to Preserve Cemetery Records"
"As Graveyard Rabbits, we are always looking for ways to fulfill our mission of preserving cemeteries and their priceless records....There is now a new website that gives us an additional option. It's called Names In Stone.
"There are a lot of terrific cemetery websites out there – is this any different? It is different—because it has both maps showing individual graves and records for those graves all in the same place.
"An exciting feature for Graveyard Rabbits is the website’s online mapping capability. Using these unique mapping tools, you can create your own online interactive cemetery maps! This is a great way to preserve headstone information and grave locations, especially for lost, abandoned, and nearly forgotten small cemeteries."
Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 18, 2010 -- "Grave Sites via Web Site"
"...trying to find one
ancestor in a sea of granite, limestone and bronze markers can be
daunting. Hall said some cemetery listings only provide names, but few
clues on finding the grave. "But David Day and Bruce Cheney have found a way to make the search
easier: Generate online cemetery maps that list the name and vital
information of each grave's occupant and its exact location. "Day, president of Gateway Mapping, and Cheney, the company's
software development director, launched Namesinstone.com in December
2008 as an outgrowth of Spatial Generations, the cemetery mapping
software developed by the Orem-based firm. "To date, the Web site provides maps of 169 cemeteries around the
country, from the Bountiful City to Palmyra, N.Y., where Alvin Smith,
eldest brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith Jr., is buried."
"...trying to find one ancestor in a sea of granite, limestone and bronze markers can be daunting. Hall said some cemetery listings only provide names, but few clues on finding the grave.
"But David Day and Bruce Cheney have found a way to make the search easier: Generate online cemetery maps that list the name and vital information of each grave's occupant and its exact location.
"Day, president of Gateway Mapping, and Cheney, the company's software development director, launched Namesinstone.com in December 2008 as an outgrowth of Spatial Generations, the cemetery mapping software developed by the Orem-based firm.
"To date, the Web site provides maps of 169 cemeteries around the country, from the Bountiful City to Palmyra, N.Y., where Alvin Smith, eldest brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith Jr., is buried."
Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, January 21, 2009 -- "Pleasant Grove Cemetery Goes Online"
"Genealogists, historians and family members will now be able to go online to find grave locations in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. The city has begun participating in an online program called "Names in Stone." Kary Johansson, cemetery sexton, gave the City Council a demonstration at last week's work session.
"The cemetery began using a digital format in May 2008 to keep track of information for the approximately 7,600 graves. This included a mapping system. Now the information is uploaded to "Names in Stone" for use by the public."
Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 17, 2009 -- "Web Site Aids Grave Site Research"
Grave site research tools — including a searchable database and maps to grave locations — are now available for several Utah cemeteries through a Web site, www.namesinstone.com.
"Names in Stone" was developed by Orem-based Gateway Mapping Inc., dedicated to preserving valuable historical information and enhancing cemetery research.
Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, May 21, 2009 -- "Burial records Web site aids families, researchers"
"For many, visiting the grave site of a departed loved one is an annual, or perhaps even more frequent, observance or family tradition. But many family members live great distances from where their mother, father, son or daughter is buried, and don't have the opportunity to visit their grave on Memorial Day.
"But thanks to an Orem internet mapping business, those who can't be at the grave site of a loved in person have a chance to visit a family member from afar at the web site www.namesinstone.com. The site also makes it easy to see where a grave is located and how to find it."
Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, May 25, 2009 -- Database can help you find grave sites
"Top of Utah residents whose family oral histories have lost the locations of deceased loved ones' graves have a new web site to help them reconnect with their roots. Namesinstone.com allows users to "virtually visit cemeteries" by searching for graves by names or browse the layout of cemeteries in its database.
"Gateway Mapping President David Day said the website helps cities duplicate paper records so that histories are not lost to disaster.
"We discovered these little cemeteries statewide had paper records. We started to hear horror stories as we investigated: there was theft, vandalism, fire or flood. They would be missing decades of information because of that. Our effort was to get it all in the computer."
WEBSITES AND BLOGS
Genealogy Insider, blog by Diane Haddad
"Search Burials and Maps on New Site" -- December 16, 2008
"This site is just getting off the ground, but it’ll be really cool if it takes off.
"Names in Stone
is a cemetery mapping site—you can search for a grave and get a map
showing where it is in the cemetery and whose plots are nearby. You can encourage larger, managed cemeteries to participate, or map
smaller, volunteer-run cemeteries yourself and upload the data.
"It’s free to search on a name and see available details from that person’s headstone—could be birth and death dates, burial date, parents’ names, military service, etc.—as well as the grave location (shown below), cemetery name, cemetery map, address, GPS coordinates and driving directions."
The Graveyard Rabbit of Cowtown, blog by Ruth Stephens
"How to map a cemetery" -- December 7, 2008
"What an exciting concept! I have photographed and catalogued 2 very small rural cemeteries where several of my Turner ancestors rest, and it was a labor of love! And hard work, too! An accurate and interactive cemetery map would certainly complement work already done at the cemeteries."
Grave Mappers Blog
"Mapping the Mendenhall Family Cemetery, Parts 1 & 2" -- November 15-16, 2008
I recently mapped a small family cemetery on Names in Stone. The Mendenhall Family Cemetery is near Dayton, Idaho. George and Celestia Mendenhall are buried in this cemetery, along with George's father Thomas, several of their children, and an unnamed wagon train child.
I am excited to have the cemetery on this website because I love the whole concept of being able to access the records just by clicking on a grave, and I like the idea of making the records available for others to search as well. I created my map from a drawing my dad made when he visited the cemetery last summer.
Virginia Family Tree, blog by Kevin Lett
"Names in Stone and Grave Mappers" -- February 19, 2009
"I was introduced to a website today called Names in Stone. According to one of its team members, they are 'creating online interactive cemetery maps...this is a great place to preserve the records of small and abandoned family cemeteries. The maps are great because the burial record for every grave is attached to the map. All you have to do is click on a grave and the record pops up. You can also attach headstone photos and other digital images to the graves.' I have not joined the site yet, but I plan on doing so..."
Perfect Memorials Funeral and Cremation Blog
"Paying Respects: Burial Records, Cemetery Mapping Online" -- June 25, 2009
"With family members flung far and wide as a fact of modern living, many familiar small-town customs have fallen by the wayside. Now, one such custom - visiting a relative's gravesite on Memorial Day or other holidays and anniversaries - is making a virtual comeback.
"Launched in November 2008, Names in Stone is an online repository of cemetery records. But while the ability to access burial records online is nothing new, Names in Stone goes a step further by providing actual burial maps - a real boon to historians, researchers and genealogists trying to locate and document burial information."
Little Green Valley, Monroe, Utah -- Official Website
"CEMETERY NEWS - Cemetery records and map now available online!" -- by Alison Leavitt
"The Monroe City Cemetery burial records are now on NAMES IN STONE (www.namesinstone.com)- a new website that allows cemetery record keepers to post both burial information and grave locations online. NAMES IN STONE helps families and researchers find information faster. Cemetery record keepers will soon be able to keep their online information current by updating the website as frequently as they choose."