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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Fairmount Cemetery, Presque Isle, Maine

Fairmount Cemetery, established in 1864, is south of Presque Isle, Maine. Presque Isle is located in Aroostook County in far northern Maine. According to the website, Fairmount is the largest cemetery in northern Maine. More than 6,000 individuals are buried in the cemetery, 700 of whom were war veterans.

The following is a simplified description of the burial-recording process for this cemetery. A research team from the University of Maine at Presque Isle has conducted a project to develop a burial database and map the cemetery using GPS, GIS, and web GIS technologies. The project involved faculty and students, and community associations such as the Fairmont Cemetery Association and the Northern Maine Historical Society. For a complete description of the project, click the “About the Project” tab.

Click “Explore the Cemetery” to open the search page. There are two ways to search for a burial. You can scroll to the dropdown list at the bottom of the page. When you choose a name from the alphabetical list, the individual’s plot will be highlighted in red on the map (you may need to zoom in). Click the plot to open a window with information about the person interred there and a photograph of the gravestone. The information provided includes personal information, military/civil service, plot site information, and GPS coordinates. Plots with gravestones showing no year of death have been excluded, with the exception of those showing a birth year prior to 1925.

Municipal Cemeteries, Bangor, Maine

Bangor, in Penobscot County, Maine, is home to four municipal cemeteries. Three are maintained by the city — Pinegrove, Oakgrove, and Maplegrove. The Mt. Hope Cemetery Corporation maintains the city section of the fourth, Mt. Hope Cemetery.

At thirteen acres, Pinegrove Cemetery, established in the nineteenth cemetery, is the largest of the three city-maintained cemeteries. Oakgrove Cemetery was also established during the nineteenth century. At four acres, Maplegrove Cemetery is the smallest. Mt. Hope Cemetery was established in 1834, the year Bangor was incorporated.

Click the “Cemetery Interment Listing” link in the “Cemetery Links” to download an alphabetical listing of individuals interred in Pinegrove, Oakgrove, and Maplegrove Cemeteries. There are more than 6,500 records in the database. The data fields include ID number, name of the deceased, cemetery abbreviation, lot number, grave number, and date of death.

Click the “Mount Hope Cemetery” link to open the cemetery’s webpage. There are nearly 29,000 records in the burial database, which comprises the city-owned section as well as a private cemetery. To open the search page, click “Interment Records.”

The database can be searched by name, death year, and birth year. The data in the immediate search results includes full name, date born, where born, when died, where died, and when buried. Click a name for additional information about the deceased, including parents’ names (if known), age at death, lot information, and funeral director’s name. An annotated cemetery map provides information on some well-known individuals buried in the cemetery, as well as a photo gallery.

Posted by Jean Powers at 08/28/2012 10:49:34 AM | 

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