James Hobson

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4 years · 23 days
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I started on Find-a-Grave in October 2015.

I have received training from and volunteered for the Rhode Island Historic Cemetery Commission (RIHCC). I have also completed a project for Rhode Island College based upon my fieldwork.

For the past few months I have been exploring and documenting the nearly 100 historic cemeteries within Johnston. So far I have done nearly all of which have not been previously documented on FindaGrave.

Any edits, suggestions, questions, etc. are welcome!

~~Johnston Cemetery Listings~~
I've made sure that every historical cemetery in Johnston is now listed on Find-a-Grave under both its common name (e.g. "John Smith Lot") and its state-designated name (e.g. "Rhode Island Historical Cemetery Johnston #1").

List of all Johnston cemeteries by number: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=rhode+island+historical+cemetery+johnston&CScntry=0&CSst=0

If a cemetery has no known names of individuals or has been destroyed, I've made a virtual cemetery page for it. I'm unable to post photos to virtual cemetery pages, but feel free to ask since I do have some.

I upload my photos for persons who:
- do not already have an equivalent photo.
- have a noticeably-outdated photo.
- have a poor quality photo.

I generally do not upload my photos for persons who:
- already have a clear, up-to-date photo (though I'd still be glad to if you submit a photo request or email).

*Not every single photo I post is personally taken. However, sources are properly cited in the comments and they're posted for educational/research purposes only.

~~GPS Coordinates~~
As I've been photographing, I've been sure to confirm and add GPS coordinates to lots that I've visited. This allows for them to appear on the FaG "County Mapper" utility and provides a permanent spatial reference point.

~~Statewide Comprehensive Listings~~
You'd be surprised how many of Rhode Island's historical cemeteries are yet to be listed here on FaG. As time permits, I have been working making sure all of the states' cemeteries:
- are listed on Find-a-Grave by their lot name.
- are also listed by their state-designated name.
- have GPS coordinates (if already known)
(As of 2018, I have completed most of Bristol, Kent, & Providence counties. Newport and Washington County are in Progress.)

I get my information from a mix of sources:
- personal fieldwork (visiting sites in-person)
- residents and relatives I meet while onsite
- the RIHCC database
- other Find-A-Grave members' suggestions :)
- James Arnold's cemetery records catalog (1800s)

Some personal ancestry info:
Lineage: Italian, Welch, & Scottish
Associated surnames: Hobson, Hogan, Santopietro/St. Peter/Pietrosanta, Whitton/Whitten, DeRobbio/DiRobbio/D'Robbio, Rapa/Rappa
Ancestors' US states: RI, AL, AR, GA


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