9/14/2011 12:41 PM
I spent the summer working on the Cemetery Project for the Bridgton Historical Society. I have to say the those who worked on the Cemetery Project before me did an exceptional job!! A lot of the research that they have done on it took a lot of research! Now to keep it updated.
I have spent the summer taking pictures of all grave markers in 19 of the 29 cemeteries that we have in Bridgton. I found a few that weren't listed and I will keep a record of them at the Historical Society. We will keep the pictures either on a lot of cd's and/or external hard drive.
I have to say that this has been a learning experience for me. Walking amongst so many that I recognized in my studies of the town of Bridgton. I met one couple that was there for "peace and quiet". They were from Anchorage, Alaska, they were just sitting by a grave plot enjoying a quiet place in Bridgton. They asked me if they were bothering me and I said no, I will just crop you out of the picture. It was kind of nice having a living person there. Same with the workers who work tirelessly on the cemeteries keeping them looking nice. Lots of history to be learned at the cemeteries in town, you should take a walk through them sometime!
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By Victoria Shaw family Douglass on
5/14/2012 3:28 PM
Re: Cemetery Project
Hello from Canada. I too am involved in Cemetery transcriptions for the Ontario Genealogical Society, Sault Ste. Marie Branch. Did I read right that there are 29 cemeteries attached to Bridgt? If that is the case, then I had better make sure I have a lot of memory availabe in my camera . I am planning a trip to walk the land of my great great Grandfather James Sawyer Douglass, son of Daniel Douglass and Mary Ann Sawyer, born Denmark, reg. Bridgton, Feb. 15, 1828.
I hope to visit all the sites and the archives, museums etc. that I am able to. Thank you for your note on site.
By kathleenv on
5/14/2012 6:23 PM
Re: Cemetery Project
We can shorten your search! Email me or come see us this summer when you are here and I will research your ancestor and have the information waiting for you. We have a lot of cemeteries that are private. I think there is a Douglass cemetery as well. I don't have the information here at home but will look it up for you and have it waiting! We have a list that was done back in 1994, 3 binders full of names, information on some people and where they are buried! Would love to see you!! We will be open I think every Wednesday through Saturday. I will be there on Saturday except for June 16th. I think we will be open after Memorial Day Weekend. Grand Opening of the museum is June 23rd and it's awesome, best museum that I have seen in a long time!