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Page 10 The Cloverdale Reveille January 24, 2019 www.cloverdalerevei{le,com HISTORY: together," Clemence said. The spreadsheet Clemence created when she first began Continued from Page 1 the project is being buried in each respective lot, maintained and updated as as well as adding any she finds more information. additional information that The sheet is organized by lot may have been included in number and grave, and tracks the burial record. In total, the first, last and maiden there are now 1,883 confirmed name of those buried, their burialsl with information, birth and death date, burial logged on the spreadsheet, date, whether the grave has a However, according to marker or inscription, any Clemence, there are only burial notes (such as the approximately 1,200 burial owner or if the lot contains markers or headstones, ashes), additional notes Clemence hopes that including veteran status, the eventually the city will be Find a Grave number and the able to place markers on the marker photo. unmarked gravesites. "For All of the cross-referencing instance, up in the over-the- and obituary does take some tunnel section, there's this time, Clemence noted. How what you would think is a big much? She averages around area that's open," she said. an hour per entry. "It's a large area, and there's "Some people are quicker six people buried in there, than others," she noted. "Of There's no curbing, no the 1,883 (entries), I have at markers, nothing. There's a least 1,883 hours in this lot of those." project and probably more In one of the plots owned so." by her family, she found a Making everything similar case. One of the lots accessible has curbing and headstones, As part of her work, but another just looked like Clemence is uploading her open space. Through her findings to Find a Grave. research she found that she There, people in the general had two great great aunts and public can use her research to an uncle buried in the find information abnu* ,h~ seemingly open area. people buried in the cemetery. Painting a picture Though the city's burial Though the project started records are open to the public because of her curiosity with upon request, having the her own family, it's morphed information available online into something beyond her means that people can look up own personal curiosities, information at home. "This is not for me, this is When she began the for the city of Cloverdale," project, there were around Clemence said. "The people 1,300 memorials listed for the who are buried in the Cloverdale cemetery. cemetery wove the history of However, some of them Cloverdale. Each of those presented incorrect people have a story and most information. of those stories weave with In addition to her findings the families of people in being easily accessible to the Cloverdale. I think it's really public from their computers, valuable information." Lazio said that Clemence's As part of her effort to tell work will also help the city the story of the people who navigate the records easier. "wove the history of "We would've been able to Cloverdale," Clemence is also access it through the old using other resources -- such records, but now I can search as newspapers -- to help paint the database and know that it a better picture of what life is accurate," Lazio said. "With was like for the individuals the old database we thought buried in the cemetery. For that it was accurate -- now we those she can find obituaries know it is." for, Clemence adds to their Looking forward profile on Find a Grave, a While it seems like the bulk crowdsourcing website of the work is done, Clemence devoted to archiving is still working her way headstones from around the through recently found world, cemetery records. "You take all of those "We just keep finding new sources and put them information, but it's really valuable information," Clemence said. Included in the new information was another ledger -- one that tracked the day-to-day workings of the cemetery. It's in this ledger that she hopes to find some of the still-missing pieces. "There are 130 individuals who are on the spreadsheet with no burial dates," she said, giving the example of someone whose only identifying information is along the lines of them being the "brother of Mr. Hart." "This is where I'm hoping that the day-by-day register-- which spans 1880 until the early 1900s -- will help," she continued. "I have a feeling that some of these people are going to be buried between 1860 and 1880. I have a feeling that the only way I'm going to be able to find them is old newspaper accounts." On the actual spreadsheet Clemence has around 2,225 names, though some have been removed from the cemetery. "If you don't hang around cemeteries like I do, you don't realize that people get moved around even if they've r 1 .'a ,e~ I liko to keep track of the people who have been removed. About 20 of those I have been able to confirm have been removed." Clemence hopes to have the project completed by the spring, and at that point she'll present her findings to the Cloverdale City Council. "There's nobody that could've done it other than a genealogist that had a passion to do it," Lazio said. "It is such an amazing gift to the community of Cloverdale. 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