Tri-County Cemetery Project Meeting - May 16, 1998

Horseheads, NY


Back Row : Joan NASH O'Dell, Sherry Nichols, Don Harrington, Verne Harrington, Linda Francisco. In Front: Louise JOHNS Neu, Joyce M. TICE, Enki, Mary PARIS Copp. Photo taken by Karlene. Oil Painting behind Joan is a Sullivan Township scene painted by her cousin. 
The purpose of this meeting was to mobilize local resources to do those parts of the project that need to be done locally such as gathering existing local resources, and reading cemeteries where necessary and to coordinate the efforts of all. Additionally it was hoped that there would be some opportunity to offload some of the administrative functions of the cemetery project, particularly in coordinating the efforts of the many volunteers willing to do typing.

Sherry is working primarily in Erin Township reading cemeteries and comparing them to older lists she has obtained. Mary took lists sent in by Ralph Weller for retyping, and she and Louise will be coordinating with Watson Cemetery in Roseville for an exchange of cemetery records for information from my SRGP on descendants of those buried there who presently have badly damaged stones. Louise will type the Rutland Church records. She is also doing re-readings of Mainesburg, Stull, Spencer, and Ogdensburg and I am to send her the spreadsheets for same. Linda is going to work on Martin's Hill, Post Creek, and Fernbaugh. Don and Verne are going to read LeRaysville and Stevensville. Even though these are included in Linda English' books, we need to have our own readings to put on the web site. He will also visit the Bradford County Historical Society to look over resources there. Karlene will try to visit the Chemung County Historical Society to evaluate their resources, but is hampered in that the research hours coincide with her work hours, so that is unresolved. In a meeting I had with director Connie Barone in March on ways we can work together, we agreed that we may use their resources and in exchange we will provide them with any Chemung County work our project produces.

The meeting was successful in getting an update on who is doing what. And we have a better idea of what is done and what needs to be done. We still don't really have in place a way to gather existing resources and we had no resolution in sharing some of the responsibility of managing the project. BUT we really did have a good time together and enjoyed putting faces to the email addresses we have been corresponding with for so long. Sherry had told her daughter she was going to a meeting with people she met on the internet just as she had told the girl NOT to do. Linda and I discovered that her mother's cousin is married to my mother's cousin. Does that make us first cousins once removed-in-laws?

Many thanks to Joan for hosting the meeting and for all who attended and to all who would have attended if distance did not separate us. And thanks to the many volunteers who have helped make the first phase of the project successful. 


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