In February 2015, SWWRPC completed the East Side Cemetery Mapping Project for the City of Dodgeville. This project, awarded in May 2014, supports the City’s efforts to modernize Cemetery records, and reduce the time it takes city staff to manage these records. Through increased efficiency and adoption of this new technology, the City anticipates substantial annual savings and increased productivity. This new service also increases access to cemetery records by providing an on-line search engine that allows the public to search for the location of family members.
This project utilized a data entry clerk and two Geographic Information System (GIS) interns from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Katie Wiederholt and Cassie Jorgenson. Under the guidance of Project Manager Katherine Burk, Katie and Cassie collected over 8,000 data points and other personal information from cemetery headstones. They then merged this data with over 6,500 paper records entered by the data entry clerk. Throughout the process, the team cross-checked field and office data, clarifying discrepancies and improving cemetery records. Lastly, headstone photos and available obituaries were attached to the cemetery database, and uploaded to online service.
Any individual interested in using the interactive website can do so through the City of Dodgeville Public Works website or through SWWRPC website. Those interested in using the system can contact Julie Abing, City of Dodgeville, at 608-930-5228. Anyone interested the GIS system itself should contact Troy Maggied, SWWRPC, at 608-342-1636 or email@example.com.
The Map and User Guider is current as of April 28, 2016.
First, read the User Manual
Launch East Side Cemetery Map