by Pat Walker
My involvement with this cemetery began when I was 2 or 3 years old when my mother brought me here to place flowers, clean up, etc.
I found cement lot borders a maze to run on, little lamb stones to sit on and lots of adventure.
I am sure my mother explained which ancestors were buried there—such as my grandmother, who I knew in life before she died when I was 3. The cemetery seemed full of promises, future awakenings—why take care of these graves unless we expected those residing here to someday come back to “life”?
This shows the different numbering keys depending on dates of burial, location and whose records are used. In addition, in some plots, only quarters, such as SW, NW, NE are given—thus limiting gravespaces to 4-6, rather than 8 per lot.
In setting up the database, I had to make a key for the sources for various pieces of data and this is what I used in 2007 and subsequent years as the data evolved.
Then created the fields as above based on the information from Lot records and compiled from other sources.
•SD Genweb--site now gone – archived at http://files.usgwarchives.net/sd/moody/cemeteries/mtauburn.txt
•Google Site/Google Docs—now Google Drive
https://sites.google.com/site/mtauburncemeteryinmoodycounty/Home -- up to date to 2010
•Find a Grave – Incomplete http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GScid=97265
•SD Gravestones —Incomplete, but more complete than Find A Grave http://southdakotagravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=366
•WPA Veterans Cemetery Records (SD) http://history.sd.gov//archives/Data/wpavetcem/WPAVeteransCemeterySearch.aspx
•Larry Cool’s Site—Initial Template https://sites.google.com/site/mountauburncemeterymoodycosd/mt-auburn-surnames-family-trees
Giving the “burials” life history—linking them to family group and pedigree connections where stories and photos can “resurrect” their personality, history, links to other relatives who have more information,
Unreadable stones—3D photography uses same principle as the old Stereopticons to bring to “life” Tombstone Inscriptions
As of 2017, this no longer is here—removed by “unknown” persons