WOLFEBORO — Jessica Davis will present a program on how to use cemeteries to find out more about your family history at the Wolfeboro Public Library on Thursday, August 14 at 7 p.m. The program, sponsored by the Lakes Region Genealogy Interest Group and the library, is free and open to all. For more information call Cindy Scott at 569-2428.
Davis has been doing cemetery restoration work for eleven years, getting interested in the field after the birth of her daughter. Since then she has led the full restoration of sixteen cemeteries and has done individual stone work in dozens more. Through research she has uncovered the history of the cemeteries she has worked on, including locating marked but unknown graves and the graves of veterans from the War of 1812 to the Korean War. Using online resources she and her students have accessed census and family tree data to help them identify names.
Getting groups of her own students and community organizations interested in protecting their area cemeteries is one of her major goals. She offers hands-on-workshops that show what a difference can be made in one day. She emphasizes the principal of “do no harm” and employs methods that are reversible and generally known to be best practices of the trade. She specializes in the repair of badly broken stones, using her fine arts degree in a way she never expected.