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Saturday, October 20, 2012

NEWS: Utah State History Cemetery Inventory Grants Now Available

Utah State History Cemetery Inventory Grants Now Available

Grant funds are now available to help municipal, private, and local cemeteries digitize their sexton records and make them available online.  Using these grants, cemeteries can create a database and map of their cemetery and burials.  The data will be available online on the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database.  This database is one of the state's most popular online services, receiving 100,000+ hits per month.

Utah State History has been collecting burial information since 1997 and putting it online, cemetery by cemetery, as it becomes available.  The database currently contains more than 500 cemeteries, and Utah State History is working to add the rest, as well as to keep burial information updated.

These reimbursement grants require a 50/50 match (of time and/or money) and are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per cemetery and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

If your local cemetery is interested in applying for grant funds to digitize sexton records, please contact Debbie Dahl at 801-245-7233 or email ddahl@utah.gov.

If you would like more information about the Utah Cemeteries and Burials Database, please contact Alycia Aldrich at 801-245-7226, email aaldrich@utah.gov or visit us online at http://history.utah.gov/research_and_collections/cemeteries/index.html.

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