Hi, I do a good deal of genealogy, and some volunteer photography for Findagrave.com. While newer cemetaries have plot maps and administrative offices, I've been finding that the oldest graveyards in my area (Massachusetts) often have little or nothing to help find grave plots and stones.
I'm thinking of mapping the stones in the Old Burial Ground in Arlington, Massachusetts because a) it's small and b) it's next to my church so I'm often there and c) I have a few cousins buried there. The point is to be able to find a grave, given a name (or partial name) and a graveyard -- and possibly, given a location in a cemetary, look up the grave (though that's often unknown in the oldest graveyards, if there's no legible stone).
I haven't turned up any discussion on the forum on how to do this -- just discussion of markers outside graveyards, and a little abortive discussion on war memorials. Is this a reasonable use of OSM? Is there a best way to do it? Would it be better to just use OSM data, but create a seperate map?
Just for reference, here's how the (vast) Mount Auburn cemetary has done it on Google Maps. Try searching on Longfellow between 1886 and 2013, and click on Alice Mary: http://www.mountauburn.org/map/
asked 08 Jul '13, 23:35
It is certainly reasonable to put this data into Openstreetmap. Have a look at the tagging for tombs.
It is however unlikely that the graves will ever be displayed on the default map. This doesn't mean you (or somebody else) can't make a map or application that works similar as the Mount Auburn one, but with OSM data and tools. The person to build this might get some good ideas for how Overpass Turbo and some other related applications work
There is a German wiki page about Friedhofmapping (graveyard mapping). It suggests tagging them as
That of course is based on the assumption that we only map graves of famous people where we can rely on Wikipedia or Wikidata to supply the birth/death dates, family relationships and so on.
answered 09 Jul '13, 23:04