Katrina Cline, finance director for the city of Newnan, Georgia, USA, and IT Director Clifton Foster have joined forces and enlisted the aid of summer interns to digitally automate deed and burial records for the city's Oak Hill and Eastview cemeteries.

It was a well-overdue move that will not only make work easier for city staff when dealing with cemetery deeds, but, one day, it will allow the public to access the information when conducting genealogical research. In the future, there could also be cemetery maps.

Four summer interns have been conducting research, cross-referencing city information and, most recently, doing a cemetery audit of every section, lot and space. The long-time city system consisted of deed information on 3-by-5-inch index card files -- and even handwritten cemetery information dating back to the 1800s. The card files were easily misplaced, and all of the records were in need of preservation. The interns helped scan the city's files, which are now up to date.

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