May 21, 2014 8:53 pm

New online tool launched to map Saskatchewan cemeteries

New online database will not only help communities keep track of Sask. cemeteries, but also to preserve the burial sites.

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SASKATOON – A new online tool designed to preserve Saskatchewan history via its cemeteries is now available for public use.

The Saskatchewan Genealogical Society (SGS) designed the cemetery database which collects information like dates, locations and the number of people buried on site.

“We’re interested in tracking and finding cemeteries because they are a major source of genealogical information,” said Linda Dunsmore-Porter, executive director at the SGS.

“They tell the story of our province and help us honour the people who came before us.”

Information is now easy to access and expected to help groups make better informed decisions about the preservation and maintenance of burial sites.

The database has over 3,700 cemeteries already mapped.

SGS is asking Saskatchewan communities to help map another 700 sites around the province.

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