How fabulous! How fabulous! was all I could say when I sat down to meet with members of the Comanche County, Texas Genealogical Society recently inside the Comanche County Museum. A group of the members consisting of Henry Adcock, Rose Taylor, Linda Frank, Delma Walters, Steve and Starla Russell, Richard Pinkard, and Joe McEntire are doing unbelievable work that people will be using for years and years to come.
Believe it or not, these men and women have taken it upon themselves to “do,” as they say, every cemetery in Comanche County. To date, they have completed over fifty of the eighty plus cemeteries located in the county.
Now if you are like me, you are wondering what in the world it means to “do” a cemetery, right? Well, here is the process:
- Choose a cemetery.
- Divide it into sections.
- Divide the sections into rows.
- Going up each row, take a photo of each tombstone, including those that are only marked with stones or whatever. Also, transcribe all information from the tombstone.
Once all of this is done, members burn the information to a CD and give it to Addie Ratliff who puts the photos and information on Find A Grave. In fact, I was told that the Comanche County group has located information that Find A Grave has never been able to locate.
While Addie is working with Find A Grave, the others are back at the museum putting together hard copy notebooks that will be displayed in the Family History section of the museum, and what an untold treasure this will be for those who are searching!
When I asked just how much had been accomplished in the year and a half that the group has been working, I was astounded. From Newburg to DeLeon, the entire east side of the county is complete!
This is such an unbelievable service that these volunteers are performing for the county. It is our belief that they should win every award possible this year.
If you know of graves that are not in a known cemetery, please call Steve Russell 254-842-5199 with any information.The new county map shows two more cemeteries in Lamkin that the group cannot find. If you know of these cemeteries, please let them know. These extra cemeteries were not listed on the old county map.
Also, if you know the location of unmarked graves PLEASE let Steve know.
When I asked the group what their plans for the future are, Henry replied that they would just keep plugging along. Before the words were out of his mouth, the others called out, “Finish This Project!!”