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If you have family in Maplelawn Cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky please see the WPSD story "Local cemeteries trying to find owners of thousands of unclaimed plots". A portion of this is listed below:

“We began looking through all of our files and records and realized there are thousands of families in the west Kentucky area that own property with us and they likely have no idea,” Misti Drew said. She’s with the cemetery as well and is helping track down these families.

There are about 45,000 people buried at Maplelawn Cemetery and Drew estimates there could be five to ten thousand plots already paid for but forgotten about. “In the state of Kentucky, they do give cemeteries a provision,” Drew said. “They make available a process for you to be able to petition these lots as abandoned.”

She said they don’t want to do that.

The company that owns Maplelawn also owns Woodlawn, Mayfield, and Murray Memorial Gardens. If your family has lived in the west Kentucky area for some time, they want you to call or email them.

Their email is [email protected]
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