What is Virtual Cemetery?
Remembering our deceased classmates is important.
As such, we wanted to let you know about a new project and feature at sayvillealumni.com;
the creation of “on-line virtual cemeteries” dedicated to our deceased Sayville High School alumni.
Many may now be wondering, what is a virtual cemetery? Simply put, it’s not a real cemetery. Rather, it is a linked alphabetical index by graduation year. It affords you the ability to instantly determine the actual location of a grave (if one exists) and to pay respects to deceased classmates by leaving notes/virtual flowers.
We call this virtual, whereas it transverses geographical boundaries of a final resting place and is not dependent upon location of cemetery. Better yet, it is not dependent upon actual burial. Thus, those cremated, as well as those where final resting places are unknown (i.e. lost at sea) may also be included.
The virtual cemetery pages list all deceased class members with links to the individual’s own memorial page.
Where possible, we try to include a senior picture, photo of the gravestone and obituary.
We also try to link to other family members memorial pages.
Virtual cemeteries for most years have been generated. Some have many names, some only a few and some have no known names as this is an on-going project. At this point, we are seeking any available demographics on our deceased alumni.
Do you know of a deceased classmate not currently listed here? Can you provide any additional information for those already listed here? Where known, the information we seek includes;
- full name (including maiden name)
- date and place of birth
- year of graduation
- names of parents/siblings
- gravestone pictures
- does alumnus already have a memorial page at findagrave.com?
- any other information that might aid research
Hal G. Brown, SHS Class of 1972, is managing this project, creating memorial pages and virtual cemeteries by class year.
Anyone interested in participating in this project, please contact Hal at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This does involve time and research as the job is never done. Interested in joining the research team? Perhaps some of you would be interested in;
- “adopting” the virtual cemetery for your year of graduation?
- performing research ie. ancestry.com, newspapers.com? We could use sure your help… Please let us know!