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BCGS to feature cemetery restoration topic

PRINCETON — The Bureau County Genealogy Society will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Society library, 629 S. Main St. in Princeton. The topic of the program will be cemetery resotration.

The public is encouraged to attend this free program which will be presented by John C. Heider, a professional cemetery restoration specialist.

Heider has spoken in many locations around the state on this topic. He will share his experiences on the restoration of historical cemeteries. He will answer questions about cemetery preservation, gravestone maintenance and repair. He will discuss the art of finding unmarked grave sites.

The BCGS maintains within its collection the burial records from more than 100 cemeteries currently or formerly located within the county and including some cemeteries bordering Bureau County. A major project that is just beginning at this time at the Society is the reorganization of those records into a unified and updated Master Cemetery Index. Volunteers are greatly needed to accomplish this task, and the Society is especially looking for volunteers with computer and proofreading skills.

For further information about the program, the Master Cemetery project, or death and burial records, the Society can be reached at 815-879-3133 during the regular hours of operation, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the first Saturday of each month or by stopping in for a visit.

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