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Interment.net Adds 1.4 Million Cemetery Records
August 1, 2016
by Steve Johnson
In the month of July 2016, Interment.net added 670,276 cemetery records to its online archives, covering 87 cemeteries across 23 states. It's the largest one-month publishing effort in the website's history.
View the full list of transcriptions here:
All in all, nearly 1.4 million records have been added when you include the previous months of June and May 2016.
Never before have we expanded our archives so quickly. The accelerated rate comes from a renewed effort to reestablish Interment.net as the top destination for cemetery records.
We launched Interment.net in 1997 back when USGenWeb Archives was the only genealogical source of cemetery records. At that time, we grew quickly as well, mainly because the Internet was still new to most Americans. We were able to foster a volunteer base that contributed thousands of transcriptions from cemeteries all over the globe.
But back then, acquiring records in digital form was not easy to come by. Many cemeteries still kept paper records. Those that had computer databases were not able to easily export their data. Thus, we relied heavily on volunteers to visit cemeteries and transcribe inscriptions.
Today, however, most cemeteries are able to easily export their digital records to textfiles or spreadsheets. We're now able to contact offices to acquire records directly from the source.
Currently we're updating records for all national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. We're also contacting municipalities, counties, and cemetery districts to obtain records. Our goal is to publish a half-million records each month for the next several years.
But don't think that we are no longer in need of volunteers to transcribe tombstone inscriptions. We still need them! There are thousands of small cemeteries across the world that don't have computerized records. Most of these cemeteries are abandoned and need to be recorded and indexed before they completely disappear.
Learn how to get a cemetery transcription published here at Interment.net...
- Steve Johnson, Publisher