Established 2-28-2009: The mission of this project is to capture digital images of gravestones, we are not a grave registration site. As decades pass -- many stones are becoming harder, if not impossible, to read the inscriptions they originally contained.
By archiving the images of both old and new stones, we can help document these important records and also assist researchers using this valuable resource.
The photographer is the copyright holder and retains copyright. One needs his/her permission to use any photo. Under U.S. copyright law, photos taken after 1977 are covered by copyright without the need to register it, use the (c), circled c, copyright, or any other notice. Using someones photo with citation is not a substitution for needing permission.
All photos on this site are COPYRIGHTED and may NOT be used on other websites without permission of www.southdakotagravestones.org or the original photographer. And Please, photos taken from other sites cannot be accepted.
Brad Kellogg, the administrator of southdakotagravestones is a historian, photographer, living history presenter and author. He has researched the stories buried beneath the sod of regional forgotten cemeteries by digging through newspaper archives, historical society material, centennial books, court records and above all, material from family memories. Most of these stories are around 100 years old, and are all but forgotten.
As D.R. Haskin, author of the "Hills of Mars" series writes, "I invite you to take a seat and let Brad Kellogg introduce you to some people who died many years ago. From the Aises of the Forgotten Graveyard they will tell you their compelling stories. For it is, "here they lay side by side, the violent deaths next to the natural causes, self-proclaimed society ladies next to their husband's mistress, war heroes and civilians, leaders and followers. They are all here together.....and they all talk".
This 245 page book is now available for $15 plus $3 postage. Orders can be mailed with check to:
Wakefield NE 68784
Inquiries can be made to the "contact us" at the bottom of the page.
PayPal is also available.