Groups Focus on Preserving Old Grave Sites

gravestone, Faulkner County Historical Society

by Jordan Gass-Pooré
Published in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette on August 24, 2015

Without records or maps, a young Theresa Lundberg, her mother and siblings would routinely search for the burial site of her maternal grandfather.

All the Lundbergs knew was that he was somewhere in a Catholic cemetery in the small town of Pomfret, Md., where his wife and many other family members are buried.

“It kind of became a game for my sisters and I,” said Lundberg, a Bella Vista resident.

Although they never found his grave, the mystery instilled a passion in Lundberg for documenting gravestones that led her to become involved with the Arkansas Gravestones Project, a nonprofit organization that photographs and archives gravestones online.

Lundberg, who said she has not given up the search for her grandfather’s grave, does not want others to wonder where their ancestors are buried. So she travels throughout the country in her minivan, taking photos of cemeteries. Continue reading at

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