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The manuscript of Anna Sturtevant's 1997 transcriptions of the gravestones in the Sturtevant Cemetery is accompanied by a grid plan of the cemetery and illustrations (pp. 30-98) of all of the gravestones with an indexing system to aid in locating specific graves. I have used the illustrations to create a virtual cemetery. The visitor can navigate from each individual plot to the adjacent plots to view Anna's illustrations of the gravestones and her indications of their conditions. To each illustration I am adding the transcriptions of the pictured gravestones. I am also adding a link to each transcription in the main pages (pp. 5-29) leading to the illustration of the appropriate plot. Because Anna's full-page illustrations do not translate well to the computer screen I am converting them to an easier-to-view electronic form. Pages 30 to 55 (Rows 1 & 2, and Row 3 P-1 through P-7) of the virtual cemetery have been completed. The remaining illustrations are presented temporarily in their original form without the accompanying transcriptions and without links from the main pages.
There are three ways to enter the virtual cemetery. For each of the transcriptions on pages 5 to 29 Anna has indicated the location of that gravestone on her grid plot and illustrations. The notation R-3 P-4 S-2 indicates row 3, plot 4, and stone 2 in her illustration of that plot. Clicking on a highlighted location identifier will take you to the illustration for that plot.
The second entry point for the virtual cemetery is the grid plot itself. Positioning the cursor over a plot will cause that area to change color to blue (this may take a few seconds on a dialup connection) and show the row and plot numbers. Clicking on the highlighted area takes you to the illustration of that plot.
The third way to enter is to begin with the first of the illustrations on page 30 of Anna's manuscript. You can move through the pages with the Previous and Next links at the bottom of each page, or you can use the navigation squares.
Bordering each of the plot illustrations are eight navigation squares leading to the adjacent plots. The squares are of three types:
|Blue Arrows||lead to adjacent plots containing graves|
|Gray Arrows||lead to adjacent plots containing no graves|
|Gray Squares||indicate the edge of the grid plot|
Anna's symbols and abbreviations in the illustrations are:
|CAPITALS indicate surnames for adults, and Mixed Case surnames indicate young children|
|at the base of a stone indicates a separate base||X||indicates a footstone|
|S||means a stone is sunken||TF||means a stone is tilted forward|
|B||means a stone is broken||TB||means a stone is tilted backward|
|BP||means a stone is broken and in pieces||TS||means a stone is tilted sideways|
|BR||means a stone is broken and repaired||indicates a Veteran's Flag|
Begin touring the Virtual Cemetery at the Overall Grid Plan
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