How to Preserve Cemeteries: First You Digitize Them

Rutherford County, Tennessee, historians plan to use new technology to solve a big mystery: Whatever happened to the old cemeteries and family burial plots that once dotted the landscape across Rutherford County?

In the 1970s, Rutherford County historian Ernie Johns and others from the Historical Society of Rutherford County took pains to document nearly 800 cemeteries in the county, most of them plots on old family farms. Historians now want to use new technology to digitally map all the old cemeteries and family burial grounds in the county. The digital map of the burial sites will be shared with local planning commissions so historic cemeteries won’t be destroyed by future development.

You can read the full story in an article by Michelle Willard in the Daily News Journal at http://goo.gl/73HI8O.

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