Letter from David and Martha Montgomery
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David studying a cemetery layout
In the year of two thousand, the first year of the new century, I (David) became interested in surveying the cemetery where my grandfather & grandmother as well as my great grandfather and great grandmother on my father’s side were buried. I noticed pages on the world wide web where people were doing that, so I did that one and sent it in to a website. After several months passed, I became interested in doing more. I did a cemetery where we once attended church. After that I suppose I was hooked.
From the first one until the present time has been about seven years of actively surveying or enumerating as it is also referred to. I work as a volunteer. I have been out in the winter when my hands got so cold, I could hardly hold a pencil or pen. I’ve also been out in the hot time of the year when it was so hot that if one didn’t wear a cap or hat, a severe sunburn would be the result.
About four years ago, my wife Martha started helping me, mostly on the large cemeteries. Now, she enjoys it as much as I do. Some folks frown when I mention that I/we survey cemeteries to be placed on the internet. I always tell them that we enjoy the fruits and rewards of helping folks far and wide to acquire dates and the burial place of their ancestors.
We strive very, very much to be accurate with our work, however, human beings make mistakes and sometimes we do that. Most folks are kind and email us expressing their gratitude for the work we do. A few months ago, I received email inquiring about the location of a cemetery. We have never been to the cemetery so I started working with topographical maps on the internet, found the GPS coordinates, looked at other road maps, etc., and gave the people directions to get there. I received an email later telling me that they were successful in finding the cemetery and were appreciative of my work in helping them locate it. That, friends, are when the rewards flow in.
On the pages of this site, it is my hope that someone will find the information that they need. More pages will be added as we enumerate more cemeteries in the future.
David enumerating a cemetery
David & Martha Montgomery