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DNR Online Cemetery Database

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fromAssistants, Historic <assistants@dnr.in.gov>
  dateWed, Oct 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM
  subjectDNR Online Cemetery Database

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology is excited to introduce the State Historic Architecture and Archaeology Record Database (SHAARD), our newest public-accessible electronic database. SHAARD gives interested parties the opportunity to access the cultural resource data the DHPA holds on historic properties and cemetery resources across Indiana. Researchers can easily search records concerning National Register properties, theaters, historic bridges, county surveys, and cemeteries, gaining information on a resource’s location and site characteristics, as well as viewing photos and maps of the sites and structures without having to visit our Indianapolis central office. SHAARD also allows us to update information the instant we hear a building is demolished, a bridge is restored, or a cemetery is moved, giving visitors the most recent information available.

Eventually the database will hold all the information included within the Indiana Survey of Historic Sites and Structures, but converting over twenty-five years of paper records for all ninety-two counties takes time. This is an ongoing initiative, but we already have thousands of records available and are working hard to continue adding to SHAARD’s data.

With your organization’s genealogical focus, SHAARD can help your website’s visitors know more about historic and active cemeteries within their county. They will have access to all of the data collected through the DHPA’s Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry, which includes cemeteries’ locations, known number of graves, general assessment of the cemeteries’ condition, ethnic/organizational affiliations, and architectural features, as well as maps and photos.

In addition, researchers from interested groups using your site can help us expand our knowledge too by offering any additional information on cemeteries with incomplete profiles. By working together, we can make sure SHAARD’s cemetery records and the Cemetery and Burial Ground Registry is as complete as possible.

By having a complete cemetery records, we can work to assure that the location of graves are always known. Some of SHAARD’s users include road engineers, construction companies, and county plan departments. When we know the location of a cemetery, so will they.

If you feel visitors to your website would benefit from the information within SHAARD or can expand our knowledge about your county’s cemeteries, please place a link to DHPA’s SHAARD page http://www.in.gov/dnr/historic/4505.htm on your website.  Anyone can access the cemetery records and structure records by simply clicking on “Enter SHAARD as a guest” in the top right hand corner of the welcome page.

If you have any questions about this initiative, have information to update your county’s data on SHAARD, or would like to request a link reversal to your site, please contact Jeannie Regan-Dinius, Cemetery and Burial Grounds Registry Coordinator at (317) 234-1268 or jrdinius@dnr.in.gov.  



Hilary Retseck

Cornelius O’Brien Intern, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology