Friday, January 30, 2015

Change is inevitable. And alot has changed since 2007. Wikispaces has closed its free accounts and opted to accept only PAID accounts. The information from the Louisiana Cemetery Preservation wiki has been downloaded and it is in storage -- waiting for a fresh face! Until the website(s) can be updated and all information about the new URL is updated, you can still email me or information or post to the facebook wall -- more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Volentine-Sibley Cemetery - ABANDONED NEGLECTED - East Baton Rouge Parish - Central, LA

Nick Foley authored an abandoned cemetery report from East Baton Rouge Parish where David Cain had found an private abandoned cemetery Central, LA. His article appears WAFB June 9, 2014 about an abandoned neglected historical cemetery on North Flannery Road near Sugar Land Park in the northern part of East Baton Rouge Parish. Central, LA. I do not know the cemetery name and therefore, without specific mapping information, property ownership, I cannot verify if the cemetery is listed with USGS in EBR Parish. View the video here: Has this cemetery been documented by the State of Louisiana abandoned / neglected cemeteries? It was said that the last burial was in the 1970's but there are very early 1800's headstones at this cemetery gathering from the video footage. If anything is done, headstone photographs should be taken before they are lost and destroyed. Who is the landowner? Is it possible that the landowner does not know the cemetery exists at all? Maybe someone from the City, Parish, or State archaeology department can contact the landowner, local library, historical/ genealogical society for background information on the cemetery and future plans on upkeep. It is important to get photographs of each individual headstone and make note of depressions. From the video by Byron Thomas the surnames appear: GARRISON, SIBLEY, YOUNG, LONG
Photographs of headstones, Cemetery Signage, Fencing, Maintenance, Headstone documentation, transcriptions, plot map, landowner history, genealogy are a part of local Louisiana history and are disappearing. Many thanks to Nick Foley and Mr. Cain for bringing awareness about this cemetery.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Cemetery Damage Old City Cemetery Monroe, Louisiana

KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; |

The Friends of Old City Cemetery is a group of people dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Old City Cemetery in Monroe,LA located on DeSiard Street. The society meets the second Friday of each month at 5:30 in the Joseph Bennett McGuire Genealogy Room of the Ouachita Parish Public Library.

Photo Credit: Terry D. Ford

Photo credit: Marlon D. Ebey , Facebook
Photo credit: Marlon D. Ebey, Facebook
Photo Credit: Terry D. Ford, Facebook

Saturday, January 12, 2013

English Turn Cemetery?

None of the photos at Find A Grave appear like this one. Is this English Turn Cemetery?

Springhill Cemetery Lecompte Rapides Parish

From the LAGenWeb archives c. 1992

"From Alexandria, take US Hwy. 71 south and turn right on LA Hwy. 112 (at the caution light in Lecompte). Continue through Lecompte, and turn left just BEFORE Linzay and Red Hill Cemeteries (about .3 mile). Springhill Cemetery is about 1/3 mile up this dirt road. The cemetery is very large, situated on a hill, and is well maintained as far as grounds are concerned. Many vaults and slabs are broken or sunken in the ground; several depressions are visible as most unmarked burials once had slabs of concrete or brick vaults."

"Some graves in the rear of the burial ground have slid downhill toward a ravine that leads to the bayou." 

- Submitted by Jane Parker McManus URL

A YouTube video was uploaded in July 2012 that show a few graves at this cemetery.