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Gridley Herald - Gridley, CA
  • Eagle Scout project a great service for cemetery

  • Thanks to Ian Sannar and his 35 volunteers that converged on our local cemetery Tuesday, 13,000 graves at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery will soon be included on a website entitled BillionGraves.com which ties in with Ancestry.com.
    Visitors to this website can type their ancestors names in and find out where their loved ones are buried if the cemetery has been indexed.
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  • Thanks to Ian Sannar and his 35 volunteers that converged on our local cemetery Tuesday, 13,000 graves at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery will soon be included on a website entitled BillionGraves.com which ties in with Ancestry.com. Visitors to this website can type their ancestors names in and find out where their loved ones are buried if the cemetery has been indexed. On Tuesday, as Sannar's Eagle Scout Project, volunteers began photographing every headstone in a special BillionGraves camera app on their Smart Phones. Sannar came prepared with maps with highlighted sections to photograph for each of the volunteers. Sannar had several family members on hand to help, including grandparents Dick and Juanita Sannar. Juanita pointed out her parents graves where the work was being dispersed to volunteers. Ian's great-grandparents Neils M. Johnson (1876-1932) and Florence Johnson (1874-1939) were two of his ancestors buried there. Sannar is the son of Rindee and Rick Sannar and the family moved to Spanish Fork, Utah nine years ago from Gridley where Sannar lived for three years. His father grew up in Gridley. Sannar noted his love for Gridley for his choosing to do his Eagle Scout project here during his spring break. His mom explained, “His talent with computers made this a simple choice but also because Gridley had not been indexed when the cemeteries in Utah had.” As part of his Eagle Scout requirements, Sannar kept track of all of the volunteers hours and was very pleased at the turnout to help. Noting that many of his ancestors are buried at Gridley-Biggs Cemetery, Sannar felt good about his choice, knowing that this project will benefit so many people as they trace their heritage. Cemetery Manager Pat Teague is also pleased to have this big job completed.

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