Asher Price writes
in the Austin-American Statesman that small family
graveyards, once surrounded by acres of privately owned land,
now find themselves buried under the subdivisions and roadways
of sprawling communities.
It's an issue that has played itself out thousands of times
over, in all parts of the world. It's not so much that rising
population forces the destruction of these graveyards, it's
that after a hundred years, the great-great-grandchildren are
unaware their ancestors are being buried under yet again.
This is perhaps why researching one's family history becomes
important. It takes a forgotten name, and turns it into a familiar
person again. After studying the documents and records of an
ancestor, one begins to understand the legacy that he or she
has inherited, and it's at that point where sentimental value
is placed on such things as an old graveyard.
It's the responsibility of parents, grandparents, aunts and
uncles to be the keepers of the family history and recite the
stories and anecdotes at the dining table or around the campfire,
and foster a sense of pride into the minds of their younger
I also want to point out that another way to save cemeteries,
if not physically, is to preserve their records. Store them
in books, or store them on microfilm, or store them online.
The more copies of these records that get created, the more
likely they'll survive through the ages.
For the past several years now, those of us here at Interment.net
have been proud to provide a place on the Internet where thousands
of cemeteries can live on forever, waiting for a great-great-grandchild
to rediscover them. And we plan to relish in that pride for
many more years to come.
If you've thought about transcribing the records of a cemetery
near you, I encourage you to do so. Read our article on Recording
. If you like, publish
on Interment.net, but just get it published somewhere
so that people have the opportunity to use it.