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23 February 2011

Bonaventure's New Gravesite Locator

A week ago I had the good fortune to be in the beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia. And with every trip to Savannah, of course, a visit to the equally beautiful Bonaventure Cemetery is a must. I managed to time my visit closely with the unveiling of the new information kiosk and gravesite locator now available to visitors. According to the City of Savannah Home Page, "The new touch-screen kiosk provides self-service access to interment records and maps of Bonaventure, Colonial Park, Laurel Grove and Greenwich Cemeteries. Cemetery visitors will be able to look up names on the kiosk to determine the exact location of interments on cemetery maps. For a small fee, users will also be able to print the information and maps. Burial records date back to 1750 and are updated daily."

Furthermore, "The kiosk was funded by the City, the Bonaventure Historical Society and a National Park Service Preserve America Grant. It is located on the front porch of the Bonaventure Administrative Building at the main entrance to the cemetery off Bonaventure Road."

I gave the new locator a whirl when I visited Bonaventure a day after its unveiling.

The Welcome screen gives a bit of history of
Bonaventure and tells how the kiosk came about.
From the Welcome screen you have a few options from which to choose. You can go straight to the Gravesite Locator, learn more about the Savannah Cemeteries included in the database, get Directions to the Cemeteries, learn more about the Historical Society, and more about Visiting Savannah. All this information is available in four languages, English, German, Spanish, and French.

Gravesite Locator search screen
I typed in my maternal grandfather's last name of LOGUE, as it's one of my "Georgia surnames."

Results Screen
I selected Mrs. Susie E. Logue (d. 1925, bur. Bonaventure).

Map Screen
I was rewarded with more information about Mrs. Logue, as well as a map to her grave location. I could zoom in and out on the map and view different map types, such as a full map or just the particular section of interest. I could have printed the information, but chose not to.

I am so excited to see this type of information readily available to cemetery visitors. I know it was an expensive and monumental task for those that participated in getting the data and kiosk to Bonaventure, and I for one thank all involved. I might just have to join the Bonaventure Historical Society to show my appreciation. And I hope other cemeteries are willing and able to follow in Bonaventure's footsteps.

2 comments:

Lisa Wallen Logsdon said...

Now that some nice technology! I'm sure we will be seeing more and more of these, especially in the larger cemeteries, in the near future.

Anonymous said...

thanks for this tips

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