A Description of UAFA's Cemetery Program follows this list. The Wake County Genealogical Society also has an outstanding resource which can be accessed here:
UAFA Cemetery Records:
Allied Families Cemetery Program
Cemeteries in all of their dimensions play a unique role in the treatment of family history. We descendants revere the places where our ancestors, relations, loved ones and neighbors rest for eternity. It can be fairly said that each cemetery is like a library. One of our projects involves “annotating” selected cemeteries in a way that will tell more fully for posterity the history that otherwise fades from view generation by generation. Other projects deal with other aspects of cemetery recognition, preservation, maintenance and even ownership. Allied Families participants are urged to join in active support of one or more of these projects.
I. Allied Families Cemetery Project Number One – Creation of Interest Groups for Specific
Stage A – A simple list of names of cooperators will be compiled involving any cemetery for which two or more individuals have expressed an interest. As the list grows and as interest evolves, a more formal organizational effort and set of goals will evolve.
Stage B – A tentative organization is created and an E-newsletter is initiated to inform interested parties and to recruit more interested individuals. Cooperators will be invited to complete a form to show the nature of their interest and to become an “Associate” advocate for their selected cemetery.
Stage C – A formal organization is created with positions of responsibility assigned, objectives stated and an action plan proposed.
Stage D – Allied Families executes a formal agreement regarding a particular cemetery.
The interest group for each cemetery will develop and function as its members desire with the help and under the guidance of Allied Families Association, Inc. At the beginning, there will be no charge for an individual to join a cemetery interest group. The group itself will decide if and when funds should be solicited and for what purpose. Members of cemetery interest groups are urged to join and support Allied Families Association, but are not required to do so.
For operational simplicity, the existence of cemetery interest groups will first be recorded as a part of the Project on Annotated Cemeteries (Project Number Two). Any specific interest group that flourishes can be made a sub-project under Project Number Three – Watch Care Cemeteries.
II. Allied Families Cemetery Project Number Two – Annotated Cemeteries
Allied Families will maintain on the website www.alliedfamilies.com (http://www.alliedfamilies.com/) a compilation of cemeteries. The cemeteries will be selected based first on their relevance to families enrolled under the banner of Allied Families. As a second selection priority, attention will be given to cemeteries in the communities where members of enrolled families were prevalent in the 1800s. Beyond this, any cemetery could, in theory, be included but will only be embraced if there is sufficient reason to do so.
Cemeteries will be assigned an Allied Families identification number as they are added. As an example, AFEC-01 will designate the first cemetery enrolled, AFEC-02 the second and so on. Additionally, cemeteries will be identified by the names given to them on Find-A-Grave and additionally by any other names by which they have been known historically or locally.
As a first choice, cemetery listings will be given as they appear on Find-A-Grave. Otherwise alternate sources will be used and so identified.
As a unique contribution to the methodology of family history, Allied Families will add more details for cemetery entries. These additions will result in the creation of what we will call Allied Families Annotated Cemeteries. The steps to create an annotated cemetery will lead to a four-part presentation as follows:
1. Name(s) of the cemetery
2. Location of the cemetery
3. Origins of the cemetery
4. Ownership status and survey status
5. Activity status
B. Listing of Individuals Interred at this Cemetery
1. Name as shown by Find-A-Grave and/or on monuments using #1, 2, 3, etc. These numbers will be extended to include evidence of burials without monuments, either by uninscribed stones and/or by personal information.
2. Find-A-Grave memorial number (as available)
3. Birth and Death Dates from Find-A-Grave
4. Relationship – S/O, D/O, W/O, H/O, etc., where S=Son, O=of, etc.
C. Listing of individuals not interred here, but who serve to show relationships – shown as A, B, C, etc.
D. Family sketches: Brief sketches will be provided for selected families represented in the cemetery shown as A, B, C, etc. In some cases, a link may be provided to family trees maintained by Allied Families on Ancestry.com.
Where a cemetery has a large number of entries, an interim procedure of treating one or more selected families in the cemetery may be presented.
To allow for accelerated progress, one or more Allied Families cooperators may be assigned to create or improve a cemetery for the Allied Families website. The actual entry will be made by an Allied Families Headquarters staff member.
III. Allied Families Cemetery Project Number Three – Watch Care Cemeteries
Just as certain churches declare worthy individuals to be under their watch care even if not members, so Allied Families will declare specific cemeteries to be under its watch care. The reason(s) each cemetery is declared to have this status could be many. In each case, the logic of Allied Families interest must be stated. The strength of the watch care status could evolve over time. It could be as simple as concern over neglect and potential loss of a historic site and from there, going all the way to assuming some legal responsibility. Each step leading to more involvement and obligations must be carefully weighed and found to be within the limit of Allied Families capability.
Project III A. Watch Care of Inwood Baptist Church Cemetery, Lake Wheeler Road, Wake County, NC. Documentation for the watch care status of this cemetery has been prepared and is available upon request.