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Hillcrest Cemetery Archival Project

This project has been completed with the help of a grant funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and through the partnership of Heritage House Museum, Hillcrest Cemetery, Lanark County Genealogical Society, Kinkaid and Loney Monuments and the Town of Smiths Falls. The purpose of this project was to preserve the municipal archival records relating to Hillcrest Cemetery and promote the cemetery as a historical and genealogical resource for the community and beyond.

Photo: February 2012 - Natalie Wood of the Ontario Trillium Foundation presents Mayor Dennis Staples with a plaque representing Trillium’s $42,900 contribution to the Hillcrest Cemetery Archival Project. Project Partners & Volunteers (Left to Right) Nancy Lake, Sarah Rathwell, Shirley Somerville, Carol Miller and Gerald Linton. Missing from this photo are Mr. Randy Hillier MPP and Margo Loughren. (Photo Credit – Stacey Roy, Smiths Falls EMC)  

With the help of a group of dedicated volunteers and project partners the digitization of approximately 8,600 historic cemetery records from 1830 to present day has been completed. This information is currently available for public inquiry in the form of printed reference binders and a digital database, which are available at our Cemetery Research Centers (See Location information Below). 

At Hillcrest Cemetery signs have been physically installed along the roadways and a large interpretive panel with a map of the site have been installed to help with navigation of the cemetery. To use these resources first locate the grave reference of the resident you are interested in visiting by using our online database or Cemetery Research Centers. Once you have your grave reference information use our site map and street signs to help you navigate between the different sections of Hillcrest Cemetery. 

To help maintain this project a number of dedicated volunteers have stepped forward to become the Friends of Hillcrest Cemetery group. It is the goal of the Friends of Hillcrest group to raise awareness about the Cemetery, preserve and recall the stories of the people buried there, research and record its history and support its future growth. If you are interested in becoming involved please contact us!
 

Cemetery Research Locations

 With the help of a group of dedicated volunteers and project partners the digitization of approximately 8,600 historic cemetery records from 1830 to present day has been completed. This information is currently available for public inquiry in the form of printed reference binders and a digital database, which are available at our Cemetery Research Centers.

Lanark County Genealogical Society Reference Library

Located in the Basement of Heritage House Museum, 11 Old Sly’s Road, Smiths Falls

Hours of operation: 10:30am to 4:30pm daily from May 1 to December 21, and Monday to Friday from January 2 to April 30

Admission: A $2.00 Seasonal Researcher Pass will be required to access the genealogical section in the basement.

Hillcrest Cemetery Chapel Building

Located at Hillcrest Cemetery, Highway 43 at the intersection of HWY 43 and Spinelli Lane, Smiths Falls

Hours of operation: Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 4:00pm

If you have any questions or concerns regarding using the resources at Hillcrest Cemetery please contact the Cemetery Supervisor at the Chapel or call 613-283-4247 and leave a message.
 

Online Database

For individuals unable to travel to Smiths Falls to use our Cemetery Research Centers we have a digital resource available online. Please click the button below to access the digital database.

The Town of Smiths Falls maintains more than one set of cemetery records. The digital database has been extracted from the original cemetery records and may contain errors and omissions. The information will be updated when errors are brought to our attention and when proper verification is provided. We are in the process of completing this record and if you do not locate the individual you are searching for please contact us. 

This project was funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
http://www.otf.ca/

Other Contact Information

Heritage House Museum

613-283-6311
email
http://www.smithsfalls.ca/heritagehouse

Address

P.O. Box 695, 11 Old Sly's Road,
Smiths Falls ON K7A 4T6

This content was last updated on
Friday, February 1, 2013
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