Cemetery Update Services

Testimonials


 

"Very cooperative, professional, timely and a real cost saver!"    

Woodlawn Cemetery, P.V.,Nashville, Tennessee

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"Before we had our records done, recording or selling grave sites was complicated, sketchy and time consuming. Since then even  our public works guys can do it. A month ago, I was out of the office and someone came in needing information. One of our new public works guys whipped open the book and easily answered every question. We like our records a lot now." 

Spicer City Cemetery, L.V., Spicer, Minnesota

 

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"This product speaks for itself and has made our cemetery records so much easier to deal with. We have used this system for many years and I can’t think of anything I’d change as it works so well and is so very easy to use. We already had the data software on our computers but in addition, we purchased the CAD software for our maps and now we maintain our records ourselves. Sometimes though,  we have been too busy to do our own updates and it has been nice to be able to use Cemetery Updating Services to update for us. For this last update, I simply faxed two sheets from our Chronological List to Cemetery Updating Services. They electronically archive our records and they were able to completely and inexpensively update our records for us from those two sheets! It was so easy. We mostly use the book and have found that this is a very user-friendly format. We frequently have new employees in our office and the cemetery records are very easy for them to figure out. We love the 8 1/2" by 11" format. When Funeral Homes, the VFW or the general public needs information it is so easy to just mail or fax them a copy of what they need. It works good for them and for us. Public Works loves the 8 1/2" by 11" format too. They just make a copy of the map they need and take it with them out to the cemetery so they minimize burial placement errors. I haven’t found anything out there like this. I highly recommend this service."

Murray Hill Cemetery, T.H., City of Clatskanie, Oregon

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"Awesome! Wonderful! Precise! Pleasant to work with! Professional! This service has made our cemetery records (which were just terrible) a walk in the park. I can't say enough! I've been very, very happy and would not hesitate to recommend Cemetery Updating Services to any cemetery."


Fox Valley Cemetery, M.M., Lyons, Oregon

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"It is the best thing we could have done for our maps and records. Very much worth it! We have updated five times and it's impressive how efficient, cost effective and easy this method is. We have been very happy. Our records are better than they have ever been. Have it done now! You won't regret it."

 Crown Hill Cemetery, L.M.,Preston, Minnesota

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"The maps that Cemetery Updating Services redrew for us are just awesome! They are so clear and easy to read. People really love them. The information jumps out at you on these maps. They are clear and drawn so well. It is great. The old maps were awful."

Graceland Cemetery, B.H., Mitchell, South Dakota

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"We now have our records organized so that we can find them alphabetically, numerically and chronologically and because of that, no matter what information we have we can find what we need. I would highly recommend this service to anyone. Call me. I'd be happy to answer your questions."


West Immanuel Cemetery, D.W., Osceola, Wisconsin

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"We had such a mess and what we got back was great. Some of our board members were against getting it done but when we got the records and maps back everyone on the board was astounded and just so very pleased. The work was absolutely outstanding."


Oakland Cemetery, L.A., Star Prairie, Minnesota

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"Cemetery Updating Services has improved our records tremendously. We found out what we should have been doing for the past 100 years. This system is fantastic and I have already shown our records to two other townships."

Inman Cemetery, J.L., Henning, Minnesota

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"We are very satisfied with Cemetery Updating Services and we plan to use the service for our future updates. Our records were really improved. We were happy with the price too. It was very reasonable."

East Moe Lutheran Cemetery, H.C., Garfield, Minnesota

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"The things I was most impressed with was the familiarity the company had about the operation of cemeteries and the speed with which our records and the finished product was returned to us. Cemetery Updating Services took not so good records, gleaned out the information, and gave it all back to us in a very useable form."

Lenora Cemetery, G.T., Canton, Minnesota

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"We are very satisfied with the services we have received so far and once we have completed the entire process and cleaned up our records this will be a real help for us."

Rose City Evangelical Free Cemetery, G.D., Eagle Bend, Minnesota

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"We have no complaints at all. Really pleasant and fun to deal with."


Karmel Covenant Cemetery, V.O., Princeton, Minnesota

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"Now our records are in a nice, orderly form and the information is easy to find. It's also nice having the sheets in the protective plastic and having all of the information on computer disks and reproducible in case something should happen to our records."

Butler Cemetery, Letcher, B.S., South Dakota

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"I am just as happy as I can be and the price was fair too. This company will do you a good job!"

Caryville Cemetery, J.P., Caryville, Florida

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"When our cemetery board agreed that we had to do something, I contacted Cemetery Updating Services for help. Our cemetery maps and records were a total mess and such a challenge to work with. We knew it was only going to get worse. In the fall of 2007, Mike and Debbie arrived and began work on the Frieden’s Union New Cemetery. They first gleaned through our original maps and records, then measured our cemetery and recorded information from all of the headstones. Their completed books of our records were produced really quickly and were so much better than what we had been working with. Their records were a huge improvement from what we were used to. In 2014, we again hired Mike and Debbie to come on-site and work their magic. This time their focus was on the Freiden’s Union Old Cemetery. This cemetery is very old. There were very few records for them to work from and the headstones were very weathered (and we thought unreadable). When they were marking out the cemetery and piecing together the puzzle, it became obvious even to us where the lots and sections were but it took their expertise to make it all clear. When they pieced together their maps with the information they had gathered, what they produced was stunning. We were really amazed at their technique for gathering information from those weathered headstones. Our local newspaper even took pictures and published an article. Link to article We are so glad that we found Cemetery Updating Services. Their skills and unwavering ethic for quality and accuracy has made such a difference. Now we easily locate burials, sellable graves and access information. This service has been invaluable and has preserved history for this community!"

Frieden’s Union New and Freiden’s Union Old Cemeteries, E.K, Pennsburg, PA

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"Our records & maps were a mess! The winter of 2015, we started this process by purchasing Phase I and sending everything we had to Cemetery Updating Services. Within a short time, our records and maps were computerized and neatly transformed into the confines of a 3-ring binder. What an improvement! But the information that had always been missing was still missing so I decided to tackle Phase II and walk the cemetery.

During the 2016 summer, I spent many hours in the cemetery gleaning information from the headstones and then researching old parish membership records in an attempt to fill in as much of the missing data as I could. Again, I sent everything I had gathered back to Cemetery Updating Services for them to clean up our records and then purchased their Phase 3 service. 

It has been my experience that what they say they will do, they do. They will cater their services to fit your needs. If you only want Phase I and you want to do the rest, they will help you do just that. This service has worked out very well for us and has been a huge asset to our parish and our community. I can’t imagine working without it. We couldn't be happier."

St. Joseph’s Parish Cemetery, J.B., Grey Eagle

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"It is so nice since we had our books updated. Now we don't have to go through a mess of old records to find someone. Anyone can go through our records now and find what they need. It is just really nice. I have worked with Debbie from Cemetery Updating Services for many years. She originally set up the records for the City of Bagley and did a wonderful job. She has also done updates on our books wh ich were also very helpful and necessary. The Cemetery records were really bad but thanks to all of her help, we now love the books and our records are in great shape. I would highly recommend Cemetery Updating Services to anyone who needs to upgrade their cemetery records."

Bagley City Cemetery, C.L., Bagley, Minnesota

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"We’ve utilized Debbie of Cemetery Updating Services professional services twice! First to update our very old cemetery records into professional and usable reports and maps and a second time ten years later to provide another needed update. We plan to use her services again in the future and would highly recommend her to others!"


Greenwood Cemetery, B.H., Bayfield, Wisconsin

 

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"The records are very easy to work with and the maps are very nice! It’s very easy to record things alphabetically, numerically and in the Veteran’s and Lot Owner’s sections. Sales are easy to keep track of and record. It has just worked out very nice for us. We have used this system for many years and I don’t have any suggestions of what could possibly make it better. This has been very easy to use."

Hillside Cemetery, C.C., Carlton, Minnesota

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"We have had the privilege of working with Debbie and Mike Wiczek on two different occasions, first in 2007 and then when we updated our books in 2015. When they came to our city and did the very first EVER mapping and computer spreadsheet of our cemetery, they took dusty boxes of index cards, handwritten maps and old deed books that had been passed down for years, (what a MESS I gave them). They walked and measured every inch of our cemetery documenting every grave to the utmost detail possible. What surfaced after months of research, patience on their part and a tremendous challenge that we put before them, was documentation and historical data that will forever be a huge value to the families in our community."

Redmen Cemetery, D.J., De Queen, Arkansas

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"We first contacted Cemetery Updating Services in 2000, and she helped us organize the data in a meaningful format that has been a great help to our cemetery association. Debbie has always been courteous and has made us feel that our cemetery, though quite small, is as important to her as if it were some huge cemetery. She is very personable and takes a distinct interest in the cemetery, the people buried there, and those of us in charge of its upkeep. It is that personal touch that makes such a difference. We had our cemetery records updated again in 2016 and again found her work to be first rate and reasonable considering the time involved in this kind of work. We highly recommend her work!"

Satersdal Cemetery, L.D., Thief River Falls, Minnesota

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"This service has worked out very well for us. There were many discrepancies in our old records and because of that I knew our records were never going to be perfect but Cemetery Updating Services has made them as good as possible. When someone has passed on and I’m trying to find a gravesite or am helping someone locate a relative, this system works out slick. The three-ring-binder works great. The ability to cross-reference the information is very invaluable whether for lot owners or chronological or the numerical sections. Having the entire cemetery mapped on a regular sized sheet and then having the detailed burial maps to reference is also very helpful. I am now able to find information to sell a grave or locate a burial site quickly and efficiently. If I have ever had any questions, Debbie is always very good about getting back with me to help. I have been very happy."

Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, M.S., Rollingstone, Minnesota

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"Cemetery Updating Services has provided excellent service for all three cemeteries in Sauk Centre, Minnesota – St. Paul’s Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery, and Greenwood Cemetery. They first converted the cemetery records in 2001 and we finally had a set of maps and cross-referenced records that could be e asily scanned or photocopied. We average three inquiries a week from family genealogists searching for long-lost relatives. With the set of records Cemetery Updating Services provides it is so easy to perform the search and provide them with copies. We also had Mike and Debbie come to St. Paul’s Cemetery in 2008 and assist us with the actual location of the graves in the four oldest sections of the cemetery. A few years later we also had the maps and records for all three cemeteries updated again. That included assistance with mapping an entirely new section of Greenwood Cemetery so it will be ready when we need it. I can’t say enough about the terrific services provided by Cemetery Updating Services."

Calvary, Greenwood and St. Paul Cemeteries, P.P., Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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 "Cemetery Updating Services has provided our cemetery with easy to read maps, lists of burials and lot owners which are on an Excel program. Maps are easy to read and show to potential lot owners. Looking up burials and lot owners is just moments away on a paper copy or on the computer. The maps are also on paper which makes finding graves a snap. Debbie did the initial drafting of the original copies and maps.....now updating is an easy process that we can do ourselves or have her do for us at a nominal fee. I would not enjoy being a sexton in our large cemetery without these resources at my fingertips."

Mound Cemetery, D.K., LeSueur, Minnesota

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"In the spring of 2004 we contracted with Cemetery Updating Services to update our records and maps and to come to our cemetery to verify the locations of graves and the information from the headstones. The work was done in a very timely manner and with more than satisfactory results. We would highly recommend this service and intend to keep using them. The work was done for a very reasonable fee and there were no surprises or hidden costs at the end. Their approach to organizing and verifying the records made good sense, was well thought out and informed. In 2016, we contracted with them again for another update. The experience was as satisfactory as it was the first time. It is such a relief having our records safe and accurate." 

St. Mary Cemetery, K.E., Cross Plains, Wisconsin

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"To us, the big advantage of this system was finally getting our records organized. We have also found that the maps are wonderful. I like the ability to sort the data in the computer and find what I am looking for quickly. Our cemetery manager prefers to use the book at the cemetery. He then gives me the new information and I enter it in the computer as a back up. This system has worked really well for us and keeps our data much more secure. We are happy we took this step of putting our records on computer. After years of using Cemetery Updating Services to update our maps, we have now purchased software so that we can update our own maps. This system is working out great for us."

St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery, L.T., Hutchinson, Minnesota

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"The City of Frostproof first contracted for Phases I, II & III with Cemetery Updating Services in 2004. This system of record keeping worked out great for a few years until the administration changed hands and then somehow, keeping up with the cemetery records wasn't much of a priority anymore. The records fell by the wayside. By the time I started in this position as City Clerk, I walked into a mess. In 2015, I contacted Debbie of Cemetery Updating Services for help. It was a process but she was able to help me get everything to a point that I could go through and start fixing errors. This is a large cemetery. We hadn’t updated our records for 11 years and it was such a mess to fix. Debbie did an awesome job and now has us organized again. Everything worked really smoothly. It was easy working with this company. The only thing that would have made it better is if we had tackled this project sooner. I can highly recommend this service.” 

Silver Hill Cemetery, NM, City Clerk, N.M., Frostproof, Florida

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"Cemetery Updating Services has done an excellent job in taking the available data from our cemetery and turning our records into something we can use. I love these records. I rely on them. The records that they did are accurate, I can trust them and they are clean and wonderful. I would highly recommend this service!"

Glenns Rest Cemetery, L.F., City of Glenns Ferry, Idaho

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"Money well spent. It has worked out great. Our town clerk is keeping up the records."


North Craftsbury Cemetery, P.H., Craftsbury Common, Vermont

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"Years ago, I volunteered to take care of the St. Peter’s Cemetery and the records. Let me tell you, this service has made my life a whole lot easier. When I took over, the cemetery records were basically pieces of paper in a shoebox and a notebook. It wasn’t very well organized and I knew that I was never going to have the time or the talent to make it any better. It was clear from the beginning that taking care of this cemetery was going to be a constant uphill struggle. Then I found Cemetery Updating Services. After a couple of phone calls, they showed up, staked out the entire cemetery and went through the old records. When they were finished, they had put everything together in a very useful, readable, well-organized system that has saved me a ton of time. It is much more accurate than anything I could have done. Now when I get a call telling me that someone has passed away and there is a funeral in two or three days, I can pin point a grave in about five minutes and get it laid out quickly. That is about the best deal in the world. That is really nice because there isn’t always a whole lot of time (with what is going on in my life) researching records and then spending time in the cemetery finding the correct grave and then measuring things. Every time I look in this book I think of that first phone call I made and the fact that this company and their services was the best thing that could have happened. If anyone is waffling about whether or not to purchase this service, just give them my phone number and I will give them a first hand golden recommendation. They can call me out of the blue and I will sell them this service. I will tell them, "Life is too short! If you are stuck with a mess of papers that don’t make sense and you need it organized, just call up Debbie and get it done and don’t even think about it. You won’t be sorry." No one has ever complained about the money I spent for this book. It was so well worth it!’"

St. Peter’s Cemetery, T.D., Crookston, Minnesota

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"We dance around every time we open the cemetery book now instead of cussing and swearing."

Blooming Prairie Cemetery, City Office, M.J.,Blooming Prairie, Minnesota

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"It is the best thing we could have done for our maps and records. Very much worth it! We have updated four times and it’s impressive how efficient, cost effective and easy this method is. Our records are better than they have ever been. Have it done now! You won’t regret it."

 Crown Hill Cemetery, L. & J.M., Preston, Minnesota 

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"The things I was most impressed with was the familiarity the company had about the operation of cemeteries and the speed with which our records and the finished product was returned to us. Cemetery Updating Services took not so good records, gleaned out the information, and gave it all back to us in a very useable form."

Lenora Cemetery, G.T., Canton, Minnesota

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"The part I love the best is having access to everything in our records on the computer. It makes it so fast! I would definitely recommend this service. When family members come into our office it’s nice to be able to pull up information for them on the spot instead of having to find the sexton to go out to the cemetery with them. It’s also nice to be able to let them know for sure if their loved one is even buried in our cemetery. That works out very nice."

Benson City Cemetery, V.A., Benson, Minnesota

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