Lewes, Delaware, Historical Society is Building a Database of Tombstones and Supporting Documents

Lots of societies are creating databases of local tombstones and, of course, we have the huge international tombstone databases at BillionGraves.com and FindAGrave.com. However, one local society is documenting tombstones and a lot more.

The Lewes Historical Society spend several years creating a a database of about 8,500 graves in Lewes & Rehoboth Hundred, Sussex County, Delaware, each with a GPS location to pinpoint not only where a grave can be found, but also where within a cemetery a grave is located. The project is now moving into a new phase, as the historical society is building a new website that will connect the graves to photographs, letters and other artifacts about the individuals in the society’s collection.

The database can be found on the historical society’s website www.historiclewes.org. It features several drop-down menus to narrow searches to specific birth years, death years and cemeteries. Results may also be narrowed by searching for a specific name.

You can read a lot more about this project in an article by Nick Roth in the Cape Gazette web site at http://goo.gl/aE4T8G.

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Great idea. I hope more Genealogical and Historical societies are doing similar projects.

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