Do you have ancestors in Whroo Cemetery?
This question may now be answered with the launch of a new website www.whroocemeteryinterments.weebly.com
The comprehensive website contains headstone photographs, a brief history of the cemetery, the burial register and plan, lone graves and information on ‘The Other Whroo Cemetery’.
Based on original documents, the information is well researched and displays meticulous skills honed from years of practise in the field.
The author, Nicola Thomson, although not born locally, has had a passion for the area for many years and it shows.
‘‘The pictures are often stunning and the site is liberally scattered with them, making what one could think a dry subject interesting and inviting,’’ she said.
Ms Thomson said the cemetery register had been compiled from primary documentary sources and was the definitive record of those buried there.
She has followed the accepted worldwide rules when researching — never assume — and readily admits no historical evidence is ever 100 per cent accurate.
‘‘In the case of cemeteries it is particularly so, as the information relies on the accuracy of the original writer,’’ Ms Thomson said.
‘‘The plan is not the original which disappeared many years ago, but is based on existing monuments, markers and documents.
‘‘Due to this, only a third of the burials can be accurately located.’’
Ms Thomson said the website was designed for genealogists and visitors to the area and was a valuable resource for everyone.
With a background of teaching and field archaeology, and a witty sense of humour, Ms Thomson confessed ‘‘she is no techie but has managed to produce a website worthy of a visit’’.
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