Thursday, January 14, 2016

Mount Albert & Queensville Cemeteries

In December the transcripts were completed and handed in for these two long overdue cemeteries. It's a good thing we had a few volunteers or it would have taken even longer to get them done.

I have one more to review in the Spring, then the old old transcripts will be updated so they look more professional. If they are active cemeteries, then they will be updated too.

Monday, February 16, 2015

GPS updates coming to York transcripts

Our branch Vice-Chair has been going around getting GPS readings for the cemeteries in York Region. One of our members has volunteered to  help this summer. There are nine areas and he has one of them completed.  I'm in the process of updating the cover page for the transcripts so the printed copies can be updated. 

It's rather boing, but I'm slowing getting through them.

At least the Queensville Cemetery has finally be published.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Three transcripts ready

The Queensville Cemetery, Mount Albert Cemetery and Mount Albert Pioneer Cemetery are all ready for publication.  Since the branch currently does not have a publications co-ordinator (due to the passing of the previous one) It might be awhile before they go to the printers. 

I think the current Chair said he would take care of it, but he's on vacation now.  I'll contact him after they return and see if I can drop off the transcripts on the way home from work. Fortunately it's only about a 10 minute detour.

I would like to get them physically published in 2014 so I have something for the year end report. Even if they don't get printed, they are ready.

Mount Albert Pioneer EGW-009

Friday, September 12, 2014

More cemetery transcripts on the way

Looks like the Queensville Cemetery transcript will be ready for publication this month.  I think the only thing I have left to do is one of the layout maps for one section.  The rest don't require individual maps, so I can get away with just the main map, with one extra.

Was out in Mount Albert today and proofed the revisions to the cemetery.  Stopped at the MA library on the way back and was able to find a history for both cemeteries. That one and the Mount Albert Pioneer should be ready either later this month, or early October.

After that is the Bloomington Christian Cemetery.  I've formatted the transcript, but have to proof it and do the maps. The history was provided along with a rough sketch of the layout. I should be able to proof it before the snow flies.

Fingers crossed that three transcripts will be ready this year. Or is that four? Not sure if the two Mount Albert cemeteries will be published together or separately.  I'm going to push for two, but I do know that in the past, two cemeteries were published together. Not sure why, except they are both small.

Queensville Cemetery Gate

Mount Albert entrance

Mount Albert Pioneer

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Pet Cemetery

As a child I had heard about a pet cemetery in town.  Never had it confirmed, but recall being told it was at the east side of the cemetery.  Well, it turns out there really is a pet cemetery, but it's actually across the road from the cemetery.

It has recently become public, but unfortunately it is on private property. A friend of mine is spear-heading it's preservation.  It is rather large, and has big and elaborately carved head stones. The family names are recognizable as prominent people in the community.  Because it is a pet cemetery, there are no precedents for preservation. There may be a loophole though.

This property was once owned by relatives of the man trying to save it, and there is a possibility that in addition to pets, his ancestor may actually be buried there. If that is true, then that will help save it.

Fingers crossed.

One of several articles:

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hicksite Cemetery scare

I received an email a week or so ago from someone who was concerned about construction in the Quaker pioneer cemetery behind her house.  Fortunately, the construction will be on the property adjacent to the cemetery only.  I don't think the builders would have received permission to build on the cemetery anyway.  Even though it is closed, it is registered and protected.

It's nice that someone was concerned enough to bring this to the attention of organizations that could do something about it.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Just came back from a re-dedication of this old cemetery - 206 years old.  The mayor presented a certificate and a local historian presented two copies of a book on Richmond Hill.  It's been raining since sometime overnight, but it stopped for the presentation.

This land is believed to previously have been a First Nation's burial site.  Several years ago a settlement was found just a block or so south of this location, and the First Nation's prefer high ground for their burial sites, so the current location of the Richmond Hill Cemetery would have been ideal.

The cemetery has an octagonal dead house, one of only a few remaining in York Region.  Each wall is the length of a coffin, so eight can be placed in over the winter.  If it was a bad year, then they could be stacked along the walls. The only other ones I can think of at the moment are in the Aurora Cemetery and the King City Cemetery. The man who built the one in Richmond Hill is from Aurora (my home town).