A community-wide event will be held at the Calvert City Cemetery, at 560 S. Main St. in Calvert on Saturday, Sept. 25 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to take photos of gravestones at the cemetery using the Billion Graves app which can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play Store.
Organizers Jerry Joyce Berry and Patty Coakley have already been working on other cemeteries, and hope community members will continue volunteering on their own.
Volunteers will walk throughout the cemetery taking photos of gravestones and the app will automatically tag the photo with GPS coordinates and will mark it on a map.
After the photos of the gravestones have been taken, the names and dates are transcribed by volunteers. That data is made available on BillionGraves.com for families and generations to come to view.
Berry, who is a Just Serve specialist, and Coakley started in May by adding Marshall County cemeteries to the Billion Graves app. In June they did the same in Land Between the Lakes, concentrating on the Jenny Ridge Cemetery and the Higgins #1 Cemetery where Jerry’s ancestors are buried.
“In the LBL cemeteries and many other cemeteries, there are many gravestones that have deteriorated to the point that they are no longer readable. This information is already lost to us and future generations. There will be more information lost if it isn’t recorded soon,” said Berry.
Volunteers are asked to be respectful of flowers, momentos, etc. If they need to be moved in order to take a photo, they need to be put back in place to the leave the cemetery in the condition before the event.
Rain will reschedule the event to October 9 at 10:30 p.m. For more information call Berry at 270-559-7629.