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Re: Grand Army Cemetery Summit Hill Pa
Posted by: Robin Smallen (ID *****7889) Date: April 18, 2009 at 19:20:29
In Reply to: Re: Grand Army Cemetery Summit Hill Pa by sara gallagher of 797

Sara, how coincidental that you posted this tonight! I just got off the phone about half an hour ago with Maxine V from the Summit Hill Historical Society! Ruthie, who posted her suggested I write to her. I was able to touch base by phone today. I was at the cemetery yesterday.

Yes, the Historical Society is just in the process of taking over the cemetery and its upkeep. All things considered, it wasn't in terrible shape at all, but there was a lot of patchy tall, dead weedy stuff here an there...clearly it had not been freshly cut before winter. There had been some financial troubles previously so the society decided to try to get a hold of it to preserve it.

Last year they divided up the cemetery into sections and had volunteers armed with clipboards documenting every headstone and the data on it and assigning it a lot number on the new map etc. This has all been entered into Excel and they maintain this excel. Another member and Maxine are currently taking the Burial permits and getting them cross referenced and entered. They found a load of graves with no headstones and that info is on the burial permits as are infants who were buried with grandparents and ashes from cremations and the like.

I was successful in finding some of my people's headstones on my own yesterday. Maxine will help me with the rest if she can. Watch for the records to be online in the near future. Meanwhile, contact the Society for help with the Cemetery records.

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