One of our visitors submitted the following e-mail to me today
regarding a cemetery in the UK that was recently cleared away
for road construction...
My name is Alfred, first I wish to thank you for
a excellent site which I use every day for both Australia
and now the UK your site has saved me countless hours of traveling
in Australia and now as I live in Australia I cannot get to
the UK can you tell me when Middlesex, London and Northamptonshire
are likely to come online.
I recall a incident that I had on a visit to the UK after
not knowing where they where buried until I reached 60 years
of age to locate my mother and both sets of grand parents
at Kensal Green cemetery only to find that the cemetery operators
had bulldozed a road to form a roundabout so traffic can turn
around They had of course taken the top surface of a number
of grave albeit paupers Grave and the small markers that told
you who where buried there where just thrown into the bushes
nearby so as you can gather my total disgust at this and even
more so after sending in writing a protest to the UK Government
and told by them that they had no control over this as Kensal
Green was a privately owned company I thought you could not
desecrate any grave.
So this would be one of the problems you must come across.
Thank you once again for a brilliant site and keep up the
good work and hope to hear from you soon.
As to his first question, we don't target specific counties
to publish transcriptions in. Rather, if someone sends us a
transcription for a cemetery in that county, we'll publish it.
So, it all depends on what material people send to us.
As for this cemetery being paved over, it's always a shame to
hear of such things. And in fact that's a reason why websites
like ours exist, to preserve the information in electronic form
in the event of such development.
In the 1930s, the US Government created something called the
", otherwise known as the "WPA".
It was during the time of the Great Depression, when millions
of Americans were without work. The government gave them all
jobs. Within the WPA there was a division called the "Historical
Records Survey", and believe it or not, this included an effort
to preserve abandoned cemeteries in written record.
I ran across microfilms of their work, and read the descriptions
they recorded. And this was back in the 1930s, describing cemeteries
dating back to the early 1800s, and even late 1700s. They walked
through thick brush, and cleared off old tombstones, many of
which had been unreadable at that time.
So even as far back as 70 years ago, people had searched for
abandoned graveyards in an attempt to preserve them for future