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PW-269407-20

Green-Wood Historic Fund Inc. (Brooklyn, NY 11232-1755)
Anthony Cucchiara (Project Director: July 2019 to March 2021)
Julie I. May (Project Director: March 2021 to present)
Providing Access to the Unexpectedly Rich Records of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery

Transcription of the Green-Wood Cemetery’s historical burial registry, which contains records from 1840 to 1937 of 438,180 citizens interred in the cemetery. The registry’s contents would be transformed into a database searchable through the cemetery’s website and available for full download.

Green-Wood Historic Fund respectfully requests a $144,940 grant to make available Green-Wood Cemetery's burial registry which spans the time period 1840-1937. The burial registry notes the nativity, street address, age in years, months and days, cause of death, date of death, date of interment and the name of the undertaker of 438,180 individuals - a true sampling of New York's population. Included in this undertaking is the transcription of every burial record in the registry and the development of an Elasticsearch index (described more completely in Steps 2 and 3 of Methodology and Standards below) that will enable the burial record data to be placed on Green-Wood’s website and made discoverable and searchable to experienced researchers and the general public for the first time. Perhaps the most enticing aspect of the project is that it is merely the tip of the iceberg for a vast and almost completely unknown storehouse of similar burial records held by cemeteries around the country.

Project fields:
History, General; Social Sciences, General

Program:
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Division:
Preservation and Access

Totals:
$144,940 (approved)
$144,940 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2020 – 7/31/2022