When member Betty McMahon discovered records at the local historical society were old and incomplete, she started a project in conjunction with OCGS (Ontario County Genealogical Society) to walk local cemeteries and record the information found on grave stones.
The "Cemetery Project” began in 2006 with volunteers working Wednesday and Saturday mornings. From May 2006 to August 2011, twelve cemeteries in the Town of Manchester were completed.
In August 2011, work began in the Town of Hopewell which concluded in 2012 with all five cemeteries completed.
In the summer of 2012 the team began working in the Town of Canandaigua and completed their work in 2014 in reading over 5000 graves in Calvary Cemetery.
The summer of 2015, the team headed to the Town of Seneca cemeteries, reading stones in both Whitney Cemetery and Little Church cemetery. Spring of 2016 will be the team will be proofreading those records before submitting them.
Summer 2016 plans are to read stones in the Old Number Nine cemetery and the Gates-Butcher Cemetery in the Town of Seneca.
To date this team of volunteers has submitted 691 pages of updates and records to the DAR library in Washington, D.C.
Copies of the committee findings and records are sent to the DAR Library in Washington, D.C., the Ontario County Historical Society, the Town Clerks and to the church or cemetery association as appropriate. A member of the team Cynthia Schwab has begun to enter the captured information into the DAR website index to assist others in their research.
Currently, we have 10 volunteers. If you are interested in joining us, please Contact Us.