• Western Cemetery, St. Thomas

    From Katrina Overstreet@21:1/5 to Monifa on Fri Aug 11 08:01:02 2017
    On Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 6:22:08 PM UTC-4, Monifa wrote:
    Been meaning to go for such a long time since my last visit and finally just went. Unfortunately the day was almost over and I did not have much
    sunlight and because I was not prepared, I did not walk with my camera. HOWEVER, this visit was not "project" related, I went to look around and happened to find some familiar names and wrote them down in the book I had.... The condition of the cemetery, well let's just say it's not the Danish Cemetery. The section I was in was Western Cemetery 2, where most
    are not in terrible condition. There are some that had wording that was completely worn away. (To find out who was buried in the graves with worn
    or no makers, I'd have to work with the Dept. of Public Works and their cemetery records.) Some of the graves are very close to each other,
    blocking the markers on the ones in the back so that one has to climb and maneuver to read what is on the ones behind it. I don't know how photographing 'each' grave/tombstone is going to work for those congested sections of the cemetery.

    Also, once the actual photographing and transcription is done and we have obtained a map or official layout from the dept. of public works, I was thinking the data could be put onto a set of cd's and a searchable index be created. Any other ideas?? -- I guess this is a question for the
    gen-methods newsgroup, huh.

    Just wanted to post this because I am still VERY MUCH interested in conducting a cemetery documentation project and haven't heard much from anyone else interested. Anyone living on St. Thomas or know someone here
    who is interested in genealogy and would like to assist? The cemeteries are rather large and the project would move a lot faster if a group of us could tackle sections at a time.

    Anyone else taking the ball on this one on their native islands? Any other Caribbean gen. related projects going on?

    (Beretta -- you said there was someone here that might be interested, let me know or tell that person to contact me.)

    Monie
    Hi I am very new to google groups and not really sure if my reply is in the right place but I had to comment because my maternal great grandfather and family lived at 15b Regjerings Gade. They were the Swan's. Is it possible to post pictures of the
    actual street here or can you send it to me via email?

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  • From Katrina Overstreet@21:1/5 to Monifa on Fri Aug 11 08:07:08 2017
    On Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 6:22:08 PM UTC-4, Monifa wrote:
    Been meaning to go for such a long time since my last visit and finally just went. Unfortunately the day was almost over and I did not have much
    sunlight and because I was not prepared, I did not walk with my camera. HOWEVER, this visit was not "project" related, I went to look around and happened to find some familiar names and wrote them down in the book I had.... The condition of the cemetery, well let's just say it's not the Danish Cemetery. The section I was in was Western Cemetery 2, where most
    are not in terrible condition. There are some that had wording that was completely worn away. (To find out who was buried in the graves with worn
    or no makers, I'd have to work with the Dept. of Public Works and their cemetery records.) Some of the graves are very close to each other,
    blocking the markers on the ones in the back so that one has to climb and maneuver to read what is on the ones behind it. I don't know how photographing 'each' grave/tombstone is going to work for those congested sections of the cemetery.

    Also, once the actual photographing and transcription is done and we have obtained a map or official layout from the dept. of public works, I was thinking the data could be put onto a set of cd's and a searchable index be created. Any other ideas?? -- I guess this is a question for the
    gen-methods newsgroup, huh.

    Just wanted to post this because I am still VERY MUCH interested in conducting a cemetery documentation project and haven't heard much from anyone else interested. Anyone living on St. Thomas or know someone here
    who is interested in genealogy and would like to assist? The cemeteries are rather large and the project would move a lot faster if a group of us could tackle sections at a time.

    Anyone else taking the ball on this one on their native islands? Any other Caribbean gen. related projects going on?

    (Beretta -- you said there was someone here that might be interested, let me know or tell that person to contact me.)

    Monie

    Also, I remember my grandmother talking about the George's. More specifically a Deborah George who I have a picture of with my mother (both toddlers). Grandma Swan (born in Saint Thomas) said Deborah's parents' name was Allen & Carmen George. They were
    from Saint Thomas and Allen was actually in France at the same time my grandfather was there on assignment for the army. Do these names sound familiar to you?

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  • From Linden Harrigan@21:1/5 to Monifa on Wed Sep 9 11:20:02 2020
    On Sunday, September 7, 2003 at 6:22:08 PM UTC-4, Monifa wrote:
    Been meaning to go for such a long time since my last visit and finally just went. Unfortunately the day was almost over and I did not have much
    sunlight and because I was not prepared, I did not walk with my camera. HOWEVER, this visit was not "project" related, I went to look around and happened to find some familiar names and wrote them down in the book I had.... The condition of the cemetery, well let's just say it's not the Danish Cemetery. The section I was in was Western Cemetery 2, where most
    are not in terrible condition. There are some that had wording that was completely worn away. (To find out who was buried in the graves with worn
    or no makers, I'd have to work with the Dept. of Public Works and their cemetery records.) Some of the graves are very close to each other,
    blocking the markers on the ones in the back so that one has to climb and maneuver to read what is on the ones behind it. I don't know how photographing 'each' grave/tombstone is going to work for those congested sections of the cemetery.
    Also, once the actual photographing and transcription is done and we have obtained a map or official layout from the dept. of public works, I was thinking the data could be put onto a set of cd's and a searchable index be created. Any other ideas?? -- I guess this is a question for the
    gen-methods newsgroup, huh.
    Just wanted to post this because I am still VERY MUCH interested in conducting a cemetery documentation project and haven't heard much from anyone else interested. Anyone living on St. Thomas or know someone here
    who is interested in genealogy and would like to assist? The cemeteries are rather large and the project would move a lot faster if a group of us could tackle sections at a time.
    Anyone else taking the ball on this one on their native islands? Any other Caribbean gen. related projects going on?
    (Beretta -- you said there was someone here that might be interested, let me know or tell that person to contact me.)
    Monie


    Hi Monifa,

    Hoping this email finds you well!

    My name is Linden Harrigan, currently living in Hackensack, NJ . I found your name and contact information on an old Google Group chat from 2003 regarding documenting the cemetery. I have been searching for information on my family from St. Thomas and
    going back to my ancestors, who came from the BVI. Was this project ever completed? I just learned that I have several family members buried there and I am planning to visit soon. The surnames in my family are Harrigan, Hodge, Vanterpool, Petersen and
    Wells by marriage. My aunt and cousins do live in St. John and St. Thomas, most people have died off.

    If you do receive this email and have any information you can share it would be greatly appreciated. I am also very interested (if not already completed) in documenting the Western cemetery.

    Thank you in advance!

    Warmest regards,

    Linden

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