Missing Cemeteries - missing is not really missing

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Just wanted to post something out for others : I was researching Kinuza Cemetery, Pa and had requested some photos of relatives out on www.findagrave.com . The response was that the Kinuza cemetery had simply been moved due to the Kinuza Dam that was built in the 1960s. Keep in mind cemeteries are sometimes relocated for building projects. Check out local libraries or even news articles and see if the cemetery was relocated. Happy Hunting !!!

in The Tree House by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 5 (53.4k points)
I had a look at your profile - I offered assistance on the Cemeterist - but no one replied.  How did you manager to offer to assist this project?
I contacted Lisa:  http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Franklin-1969 and she awarded me the badge. I recommend sending her some to see if she can add you.I just got awarded it and have started a little bit of categorizing my photos from the gathering at our local cemetery. by local i mean i can literally look across the cemetery and link each person to one another...

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Thanks Christine. Nice reminder. Don't give up your search because you struck out this time. Keep going to bat; keep swinging. Try looking at the issue from different angles. In this particular case try searching for the cemetery by county with this link on findagrave. Persistence has paid off for me many times.

by Rod DuBois G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
edited by Rod DuBois
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We've had a few of them in Wales, UK.  I take photographs and manage a profile on Find A Grave.  One cemetery literally a mile away - is totally out of bounds to anyone.  I tried the Council, they told me to try Archives, they in turn told me to "try and find" a church spokesman. As yet - never found anyone - though I can peep through the metal solid doors (gap between the doors) that it is a very old cemetery.

Other cemeteries were moved and in one playground/park - all the headstones are lying against a wall.  Apparently some stones of some graveyards were sold off as it was unconsecrated ground.

Many thanks Christine for raising awareness.
by Living Bowling G2G6 Mach 5 (60.0k points)

For family historians, genealogists, historical societies and gravers, abandoned cemeteries are a painful tragedy. It takes a determined activist to awaken a community, its churches and local politicians to correct these wrongs. We can do better; pay honor and respect to our forgotten ancestors and restore these nearby historical treasures into preserved, maintained and cherished grounds as this girl scout did in her community of Mason, Michigan several years ago.

Thanks for reminding me I have to find out who's in charge of the cemetery where my burial plot is. apparently no one is taking much care since there are gobs of stones just everywhere. I have photos of it and its pitiful to look at most of them i cant even read I've just been photo graphing them so I can show people in charge.

it reminds me also that it may be because no one is claiming relations. I recall my gramma got a letter from my great uncle in germany that the burial site for her family was going to be used from some one else's family due to them not being able to pay to keep the site. her parents and grandparents i believe were going to be cremated or something if they didnt pay to keep things up. never asked her what happened since we lost her brother some time after that.

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