We have a big problem in Nebraska with our old pioneer cemeteries. Farming continues to encroach on abandoned cemeteries and when those cemeteries are on private property farmers will often destroy the cemeteries. Our cemeteries are protected under state laws, however, only about half of the cemeteries were on the state registry in 2017. An effort has been underway for quite sometime to get all cemeteries registered. This is a great video from Nebraska Stories (about 6 minutes) that gives an overview of this effort.
If you have knowledge of abandoned cemeteries in Nebraska or you’re going out to visit a cemetery in Nebraska this Summer look to see if it has been placed in the registry.
If you have collected someone else’s research from the 1990’s or before you have an idea of what a daunting task it is to take all of that written work, files, photocopies, notes, etc. and try to digitize and bring to a new life on the internet and the computer. Continue reading