Locals help aid genealogy research at Cutchogue burial ground

10/17/2011 4:35 PM |

BEV CHRISTIANSON COURTESY PHOTO | Thomas Cooper, Robbie Cooper, Ashley Burns and Tia Flythe looking at a damaged headstone that was laying in the grass at the Old Buryin Ground in Cutchogue.

A group of four local children and two adults accompanied Cutchogue-New Suffolk librarian Bev Christianson to the Old Burying Ground in Cutchogue Saturday as part of the Find a Grave Project.

Find a Grave is a website that helps connect genealogy researchers to cemeteries in other parts of the country or world, where volunteers snap photographs of the gravesites to help aid research.

On Saturday the group photographed headstones at the Old Burying Ground, which is maintained by the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council, from the late 1700s and early 1800s to fulfill photo requests for Find a Grave.

“I was especially interested in doing this project with young people because it involved local history, community service, research skills, photography, and technology,” Ms. Christianson said.  “And the two adults that accompanied us were just as interested and involved as the children.”