I am often amazed at what one person can accomplish. For instance, Glenn Wallace of Montgomery Village, Maryland, is documenting every headstone in a cemetery and is making that information available to others online. He spends six to eight hours per day — in addition to his day job as a graphic illustrator — working to archive the roughly 5,500 burials in Beallsville’s Monocacy Cemetery.
Through his research, Wallace has compiled a sort of history of Poolesville. He’s learned the stories of some of the town’s founding families as well as others.
This past spring, portraits and photos of those buried in the cemetery began coming in from family members of the deceased, Wallace said, adding word of his project had begun to spread through the community. Ethel Sellman, the registrar for the John Poole Association of genealogy, has sent Wallace hundreds of photos of past Poolesville residents, including those she collected in the 1980s. She’s encouraged friends and members of the organization to send Wallace photos. As a result, Glenn Wallace is now matching the pictures with the information found on tombstones.
Wallace uses an iPad and digital camera to photograph headstones and record name spelling and other information.
You can read more in an article in the Gazette.Net web site at http://www.gazette.net/article/20120711/NEWS/707119561/0/gazette&template=gazette.
My thanks to Brian J. Porter for telling me about this wonderful project.
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