Cemetery Publishes Sewickley History
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 3:17 PM
Sewickley, Pennsylvania–The greater Sewickley community has in many ways “buried its past” at Sewickley Cemetery. To help bring this history to life, the cemetery has recently launched a new interactive searchable map on its website where visitors can search for their ancestors and loved ones and view a map to assist in locating their graves. The map includes GPS navigation to each space as well as 360-degree views of the surrounding area, plus an interactive memorial page to capture the histories of the individuals resting in its grounds.
Sewickley Cemetery is the only cemetery in Western Pennsylvania with both the interactive searchable map and the 360-degree view capabilities. The launch of the locator navigation is also useful for sales: anyone can use the web site tools to view the area near friends and family and take a virtual tour to aid in selecting their own resting place.
This initiative involved the cemetery entering thousands of burial records from paper into the computer to make this history accessible. The cemetery believes that every life has a story to be told.
“We are asking local community members to participate in what is essentially a history project. Through our web site, anyone in the community can send us information or pictures of someone buried in our cemetery,” said Scott Wendt, President of the Board. “Together, we can collect and preserve the history of our community. Every life story should be remembered.” Only names, birth and death dates and location in the cemetery are published – all other information remains confidential.
“These new memorial pages are enabling families to connect with our cemetery in new ways, and they are bringing our history to life,” said Martha Chambers, office manager. “Individual families and the community as a whole benefit from this project. We can’t wait to see it grow.”
The cemetery’s project to computerize their records and document the legacies of local community members is powered by webCemeteries.com, a cemetery technology company in Pennsylvania working with hundreds of cemeteries across the United States. The 360-degree view capability is thanks to Cemetery360, who visited the cemetery and filmed the views using advanced technological equipment.
To locate a loved one at the cemetery or share a memory, visit sewickleycemetery.com on a smart phone or computer.
For more information or to make an appointment, contact Martha at 412-741-4409 or email [email protected]