2019 – Happy Birthday Painted Hills!
website is 20 years old!
The summer of 1999
was spent transcribing hardcopy cemetery lists to digital lists,
learning how to create webpages, and locating a web host. The result
was the launch of Painted Hills Genealogy Society in August of 1999.
The goal was to put the information on the web where it
could be accessed for free by anyone who wanted to read it.
Today the website consists of close to 10,000 files in 2400 webpages –
still free as a public service to anyone. We have just under 500
current members, of which 267 are lifetime members. Our membership dues
are $5.00 annually – can't get much lower anywhere! That revenue keeps
the site up and running and provides for miscellaneous supplies. We
have plenty, so we do not ever solicit funds, donations, or anything
Along with the website, our original volunteers are 20 years older,
also. They are a very dedicated group of people. The website couldn't
exist without them. HATS OFF to them!
reminder about PHGS data.
published on PHGS has not been verified. This is true of all similar
sites, Ancestry, Find a Grave, Family Search, Historical
– all publish information for you to use, but by their nature, none of
them can vouch for every bit of data they publish. Instead,
think of the information you find as clues to help you do
things like request verification for birth, death, and marriage events.
All PHGS cemetery lists are works in progress. However, we
have found all kinds of things that contribute to missing and
inaccurate information: cemetery walkers can only record marked graves,
some stones are unreadable or missing. Even when the list originates
the cemetery record, some burials may never have been recorded, records
are damaged or illegible . . . and it goes on.
You can help improve our cemetery lists by emailing us when you spot
inaccurate information or a missing person. There is an email link at
the bottom of every page.
One last thing about the cemeteries - the cemetery association for each
cemetery has the actual cemetery records, PHGS does not. To request a
record check, you must contact the cemetery association directly.