More than two years ago, I wrote at http://goo.gl/HhAhV about a project of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the Fairmount Cemetery Association to link generations of the past with the future. The project is thought to be the first large-scale, comprehensive cemetery mapping with GPS and GIS technology in Maine. The goal was to create a cemetery GIS database for historic, cultural and social research that offers access to anyone on the Internet and that will serve as a model for cataloging historic and cultural landmarks. The project has now been completed and is available to anyone with an Internet connection.
The website of the cemetery is up and running with application of Google technology. You can access it at
To search for plot location and information of a person: (1) choose his/her name from the drop-down menu below the Google Map and the plot will become highlighted on the map; (2) zoom in to the highlighted plot (a small red rectangle); and (3) click the plot and an information window will pop up. You may also zoom in to the map and click any plot to open the information window. You may refresh the web page to see the entire cemetery map. Plots with gravestones showing no death year are excluded.
I used to live near this cemetery and I see the names of several of my former co-workers are now listed as "residents" of the Fairmount Cemetery.
My thanks to Dr. Chunzeng Wang at the University of Maine at Presque Isle for telling me about the completion of this project.
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