Eastern Cemetery, Jefferson County KY became a special place to me, due to its history of abuse and neglect. Since 2007, I have tried to photograph every readable memorial I could find. I was honored to spend time with Dr. DiBlasi at his lab, researching and scanning burial records, journals, maps, lot cards, and documenting cremations. I have walked every square inch of the cemetery as my own small way of honorably remembering those people buried there.
I do not have family buried in Eastern Cemetery, nor do I have family in any of the cemeteries in the county, as I am not originally from Kentucky. I have always believed that those at Eastern Cemetery belong with their families, no matter how distant the link. Feel free to copy and use my photos for your personal use.
The goal is to have something out there for a family member who might be searching for that one particular ancestor. Hopefully, I've made the search easier. In September of 2015, I petitioned the court to allow me and four other individuals to probe for stones that have fallen over and were covered by dirt over time. I received that permission after appearing before the Court.
I have transferred all records to a couple of friends I've made through findagrave, and have had the privilege of meeting one of them. Their goal is the same as mine.
November 2015: Because of the egos of a couple of people, I will no longer be involved with Eastern Cemetery, and will be transferring all records I have created and all information/databases I have regarding Eastern to a friend who has family there. Once I ensure the friend is comfortable with the "how to" of the databases, I will delete everything I have.
I spent years "fighting" drug users and homeless on the cemetery grounds, well meaning groups who are clueless, some neighbors of the cemetery that were clashing with the groups, dog walkers who would sic dogs on me because they thought I was a member of a one of those groups, and rude, obnoxious individuals that should have been thinking of recovering markers rather than stroking their egos, and I'm tired of fighting. Yeah, Ken, you were the final straw.
RE: Found some more A couple of them are groups that you added before ...just missed one of them...such as Elmer Vishion/Carl Phillips...don't need to re-take them...just click on the Vishion picture...copy an save and then add it to Phillips.
John & Margie Heckler in Eastern Being over 1,000 miles away, I absolutely thank you so very much for the photo of their marker PLUS the location of my Great Uncle and Aunt in Eastern. It's appalling that cemeteries are being neglected and ignored - another reason I will be cremated and sprinkled! Ya can't fight them all, but the few extra daring steps that we take really DOES make a difference to so many people, and I take my hat off to you, Sir, for doing so very much. My dad was in Navy 21 years, and I hold the greatest respect for those that go on to better our country like yourself! I am another one that pays it forward, especially since FindaGrave folks and Ancestry folks found my Dad and Granddad for me, and I've been blessed to meet them in person. One was discarded and lay in the morgue for 4-1/2 mos. unclaimed by those that dumped him and the other laid in the ground unmarked for 45 years by in-laws, all knowing how to contact me. I've set it all right NOW, with one more yet to be found and etched in stone, before I go to meet My Maker in peace, as I'm the last caboose comin' round.