One of my retirement projects was to work on a history of the Lizton area. I’ve been doing that through the Find-A-Grave (FAG) web site (see http://www.findagrave.com/
) which is a free, publicly available site that started out as a place to view the graves of the famous but has evolved into more of a genealogy site. FAG has a feature called “virtual cemeteries” which lets its contributors create lists of persons with FAG entries. I’ve used this virtual cemetery capability to create a type of history of Lizton and Union Township – see http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=47...
; (This has a paragraph on the Lizton area history effort.) and http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=vcList&con...
(lists the individual virtual cemeteries).
Each of the virtual cemeteries relates to some aspect of Lizton area history. For example, I’ve worked on creating a virtual cemetery for each of Lizton High School’s graduating classes. This, like the rest of the project, is still a work in progress currently covering the classes from 1899 to 1941. Other virtual cemeteries cover areas such as the 1873 cholera epidemic, the 1917 basketball team, etc. Another virtual cemetery list is of the Union Township men who gave their lives in defense of their country. The project is dedicated to their memory as well as of Roscoe Leak and Ruth Hall who did so much to preserve Union Township history.
An individual FAG entry can have the person’s birth and death dates, a biography, a photo of their grave and/or themselves plus links to FAG entries for their spouse and parents. The result can be a quite nice memorial to the deceased person. Several, but not all, of those buried in Lizton area cemeteries already have entries but there are undoubtedly many yet to be entered. So help in the form of creating additional entries, enhancing existing entries and suggestions for additional virtual cemeteries is welcome.
Perhaps others might want to use the same concept for other towns and/or townships in Hendricks County.