Shaun Hobson #5336
Cemetery Committee Chair
The next committee meeting is scheduled for 13 September 2023 at 7:00 pm by GoogleMeet and we welcome new members. Please email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the committee.
At our May meeting we reviewed and updated the Cemetery guideline documents. Click to view a copy of the document “A Guide to Transcribing Cemetery Records”.
The time to start transcribing cemeteries is fast approaching. If you are interested in learning more about transcribing cemeteries or would like to join our team of Transcribers please email me at email@example.com.
The audit involves checking the cemetery folders in the physical file cabinet at MGS and comparing the information with the digitized records on the MGS network drive and the Cemetery Workspace on Google and ensuring the files match in all three locations. We review the information for each cemetery with local history books, Manitoba vital statistic records obituaries, and online memorial databases to review our records for accuracy and to obtain missing information. We update the files and the transcription documents as needed. We also determine if the cemetery needs to be re-read.
Below is the progress to date.
Number of Transcribed Cemeteries: 1,622
Number of Cemetery Folders: *1,377
Number of Burials Transcribed: 475,759
Number of Active Cemeteries: 386
Number of Inactive Cemeteries: 103
Number of Cemetery Folders Reviewed: 228 (16.63% completed)
Number of New/Updated Transcript Documents: 220 (16.05% completed)
Number of Cemetery Folders Synced: 184 (13.42% completed)
* Smaller, inactive cemeteries in a Municipality have been bundled into one document.
We have one new volunteer that joined the group of Auditors providing us with six volunteers working on this project. The cemetery audit can be down from the comfort of your home or at MGS and new volunteers are welcomed. Training will be provided. If you are interested in learning more about auditing cemeteries or would like to join our team of Auditors please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The project includes cross-referencing MGS cemetery details with information found on other websites for: (1) accuracy of the cemetery name, (2) accuracy of the cemetery location, and (3) duplicate cemetery files. We have been able to make corrections to some of our cemetery names and exact locations as a result. We also have established links to these reference websites which will help make the cemetery audit more efficient.
These short biographies of notable individuals buried in Manitoba continue to be published in our social media platforms (Website, Facebook and Instagram) every Thursday. If you would like to submit a short bio of an individual buried in a Manitoba cemetery, please submit the bio, with the name of the individual and the cemetery they are buried in, to my attention at email@example.com.
The following table is a two-month summary of insights that each of the postings obtained in a one-week and a four-week period on both FaceBook and Instagram.
If you have any questions or would like volunteer please send an email to my attention at firstname.lastname@example.org.