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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Town’s online burial map lets you search cemetery plots

Finding the location of your loved ones’ burial plots at the Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery has become easier thanks to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s new online map.

It allows people to look up their family members by simply searching their name. The results will show green markers for the plot location, who was interred there, their death date and age, and a photo of the memorial.

The project came about through a collaboration with two Niagara College students, Kelsea Dawn and Mireya Mosquera, who got engaged in the work as part of the thesis project for their geospatial management program.

Dawn and Mosquera worked with town staff on creating a geodatabase and a web map. The students also spent about 350 hours preparing a final report, Kevin Turcotte, the town’s manager of parks and recreation, told The Lake Report.

The town used its database of interred people for the online site, he said.

“It’s a great resource for people interested in people who are interred in our cemetery,” Turcotte said. “And it allows people who can’t visit the site on a regular basis a chance to connect with their loved ones (who) passed.”

The Lakeshore cemetery is the only active burial ground operated by the town. There are also 10 inactive cemeteries within the municipality.

“We have proposed (to do) that project on the abandoned cemeteries. We’re just waiting to see if any of those gets selected from the college program,” Turcotte said in a phone interview.

The online map can be viewed here: bit.ly/33QRg4b.

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