Monday, July 21, 2008

Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Michigan

NEHGS e-News highlights an active cemetery restoration group in Niles, Berrien County, Michigan, the Friends of Silverbrook Cemetery. The group's stated mission is "to promote and restore Silverbrook Cemetery to its once proud heritage."

For distant genealogists, their database -- searchable by surname, given name, cemetery section, birth date, death date, burial date, or funeral home -- is a gift (as is its property of being searchable by the first few letters of a name if you're not sure of exact spelling). Its 19,494 listings are said to constitute "most" of the burials. It's not clear whether the database is derived from a cemetery reading, a record of burials, other data, or some combination -- probably some combination, as few gravestones name the funeral home.

The website also includes upcoming meeting dates, a roster of members, and a photo gallery.

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