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Cemetery Records Online Add Over Half-Million More Records
July 3, 2016
by Steve Johnson
Last month (June 2016) we added more than a half-million cemetery records to our archives. 536,603 to be exact!
We published 89 new cemetery transcriptions, covering 14 states and 3 countries. It's our biggest one-month growth ever. (see our list).
If you haven't noticed, we are back from our 4 year long hiatus from publishing. We actually started publishing again last March, but waited to announce our return until now.
Where did we go?
Maggie Rail, our editor, left us four years ago. It had a profound impact on us because she handled so much of our duties. I was going through a divorce, struggling to keep my rental property afloat (I had to foreclose), and finding new ways to earn a living (I started a new website design business). Now that my new business is more stable, and I have people to assign work to, I can spend more time here on Interment.net.
Getting back to publishing cemetery transcriptions was my goal all along. It just took a long way to get back here.
But over the four years I've been away, Interment.net was still online. I made sure to keep it that way.
And also since that time, the world of online genealogy research has grown dramatically!
Two big changes that occurred in online cemetery records is Find A Grave being sold to Ancestry.com, and BillionGraves, a new cemetery database competitor, offering a paid subscription.
When I launched Cemetery Records Online in March of 1997, the genealogy community was staunchly opposed to the commercialization of genealogy. People did not want to see their ancestors' identities turned into commodities. Genealogists wanted a commerical-free repository to publish research materials online, and got it with the launch of RootsWeb. But then again, Ancestry.com bought up RootsWeb too.
Right now, our website at Interment.net remains as the only independent, and 100% free, archive of cemetery transcriptions. We've been online for 19 years, and have always been independent and 100% free. Our goal is to stay that way.
So, do you like the idea of "free" and "independent'?
Coincidentally, today is the day before our country's Independence Day.
Publish your cemetery transcription here on Interment.net, and keep your work free and independent for others to use.
- Steve Johnson, Publisher