CONTRIBUTED PHOTOs/GERALD HATLEY
Pictured left, Wesley Johnson and Cindy Atkins tell Dunn Rotarians about the work they have been doing to research and locate long-forgotten cemeteries, graves and graveyards in the Dunn area. Atkins got involved after researching her ancestry using Ancestry.com as well as numerous other newspaper archives and resources that ultimately led her to looking at cemeteries in the greater Dunn area. Many of these are family cemeteries that have been abandoned or have not been well maintained. Atkins and Johnson are now working with the Dunn Area Cemetery Preservation and Genealogy Group which is an outgrowth of the Dunn Area History Museum. In their presentation, they shared maps showing the location of 12 family cemeteries. Some are recognizable and identifiable with grave markers, but others had to be researched and located without markers. They encourage people who have knowledge or interest in area graveyards to contact them through the Dunn Area History Museum. The group is also working on scanning and digitizing records such as family Bibles, which could be helpful for others in future searches of ancestors. Pictured right, Dunn Rotary Club presenters Wesley Johnson and Cindy Atkins, right, stand with Rotary President Lisa Farmer after Thursday’s meeting.