Preserving, Locating and Mapping Cemeteries

Written by Theresa Rose on June 2, 2016

Sunday, June 5, at 1:30 p.m., at the Dover Museum, New London, Paul French will present a program on mapping cemeteries.  Paul retired after teaching elementary and middle school students for 34 years.  He has spent the past several years collecting information about cemeteries and updating their maps.  In order to pursue his avocation, he has taken three workshops on cemetery and gravestone preservation and restoration.


Paul is an active member of the Des Moines County Pioneer Cemetery Commission, the Des Moines County Genealogical Society, the Des Moines County Historical Society, and the State Association for the Preservation of Iowa Cemeteries.  However, he shares his expertise with Lee, Henry, Van Buren, and Louisa Counties.  To date, he has mapped Aspen Grove-Burlington, Burge-New London, and Forest Home-Mt. Pleasant to name a few, and is working on Old City Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant.  He also takes photos for the “Find a Grave” project used by many genealogists.


There is no charge for the program.  Refreshments will follow.  Put June 5th on your calendar to attend this informative and interesting presentation.