Sunday, May 24, 2009

Peru Mount Hope Obits added

I added over 500 new obits today and over 200 "new and improved obits" from the collection of recent obits we digitized from Mount Hope files. These are all from the past 8-10 years. I plan to enter the interments in the Mausoleum next, then I will continue adding burials from the early sections of the cemetery including Oak Grove area.


Friday, May 22, 2009

Peru Mount Hope Additions

I just uploaded a new version of Peru Mount Hope with 482 additional burials and lots of dates and locations filled in as well. There is lots more to come.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #19

My favorite genealogy repository is Kokomo-Howard County Public Library's Genealogy and Local History Department. This is where I work. We have friendly and knowledgable service, a book collection of over 13,000 books, clipping files, microfilm of newspapers, court records, WPA Vital Record indexes for Indiana and much, much more. Please come visit when you are in the neighborhood.

We also provide online databases for use in-house - Ancestry Library . com,; as well as Heritage Quest for library card holders both at home and at the library and Kokomo Newspaper Archive is available by visiting the Genealogy Department Webpage and following the instructions.

Due to the upcoming remodeling project, we will be closed while we move the collection and set it up at the new temporary location (TBA). I expect this will be sometime in mid to late July until mid to late August.


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Peru Mount Hope Update

Nearly 2 weeks ago I was contactly by Beverly Jeffers, sexton of Peru Mount Hope Cemetery, with an offer of information for the website. Since Ed and I have a passion for cemetery information and honoring & remembering those who have gone before us, we were happy to have this opportunity.

The next day, we drove to Peru to meet Bev and see what was available. We had our trusty digital camera and fresh batteries ready. We started taking digital photos of the burial books. Bev showed us some of the areas on the cemetery map including the original plat, Oak Grove, baby rows and sections, Potters Field and a Jewish area. There is also a circus area as Peru has a rich history of circuses and performers. This will allowed for a bit more detail in the mapping on the site in the future.

In the past two weeks we have taken 4 trips to take digital photos of the burial books and a collection of obituaries and burial cards from about 2002 to the present. All of this information will be added to the site as time allows. I also have 3000 tombstone photos taken by Regine Brindle waiting to be matched. I believe that having the data in the database will be very helpful to matching photos of the very old and worn stones in the original and Oak Grove areas.

Watch for frequent updates.