In an effort to update the cemetery records held at the Ontario County Historical Society, a committee was formed of volunteers from both the DAR and the Ontario County Genealogical Society. Their goal: to walk the cemeteries in the county and record the information on the gravestones. The results of this survey are stored at the Ontario County Historical Society and shared with three DAR libraries (Washington DC, New York City, Albany) and with the relevant town clerks, cemetery associations and churches.
The committee began its work in 2006, working two mornings a week in the summer and early fall. The transcribed records are converted to a word document and proofread in the winter and published the following summer. To date we have completed walking all of the cemeteries in five towns: Manchester, Hopewell, Canandaigua, Seneca, Farmington and two in the city of Canandaigua. We have added hundreds of burial records to our database – some as a result of recent burials, but also a significant number of them as a result of our ability to read older stones that were formerly illegible. We also added four Catholic cemeteries; we had no previous records of them. Our “magic paper” has enabled us to correct errors in earlier transcriptions of old stones as well.
Town of Manchester – 395 pages submitted – 13 cemeteries
Town of Hopewell -- 132 pages submitted -- 8 cemeteries
Town of Canandaigua – 153 pages submitted – 8 cemeteries
City of Canandaigua -- 419 pages submitted – 2 cemeteries
Town of Seneca -- 311 pages submitted – 14 cemeteries
Town of Farmington -- 222 pages submitted – 7 cemeteries
Total: 1,632 pages submitted – 52 cemeteries; over 34,000 burials recorded.
This past summer the committee walked two of the four cemeteries in the Town of West Bloomfield: Ionia-Miller’s Corners and Pioneer. We plan to finish this town next summer.
Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of this project has been finding unrecorded burials of Revolutionary War soldiers. In one instance, we discovered a broken and discarded gravestone of one such soldier. Our Chapter led the effort to obtain and install a new gravestone commemorating his service.