Doyle Glaze II: Cemetery Researcher
Interview post on CemeteryTravel.com on Oct 5, 2012
Interview done by Loren Rhoads
In 2010, Doyle Glaze II started the CemeteryRegistry.US project. This let him link his two passions — technology and genealogy — to create a unique tool to assist others in locating where their family members were laid to rest.
CemeteryRegistry.US strives to be the most complete and accurate free list of cemeteries in the United States. Each listing includes date of establishment, affiliation, type of access, contact information for the cemetery (including its website), as well as additional resources such as lists of transcriptions, photographs, and video.
Shortly after starting this project, Doyle was diagnosed with cancer. He found cemetery hunting to be great therapy for dealing with the emotional, physical, and medical aspects of cancer. He says, “It was, and still is, very motivating for me to continue moving forward with my life, including this project. I’ve spent a lot of evenings and weekends doing research and cemetery hunting with the support of my wife Barbara. Without her, I would not be here and this project would not be where it is today.”
Cemetery Travel: Why should people care about cemeteries?
Doyle Glaze II: Everyone, deep inside, has the fear of being forgotten. The cemetery is the last place for a person to say, “I was someone. Someone cared about me.”
Cemetery Travel: What sparked your interest in cemeteries in the first place?
Doyle Glaze II: Doing my own genealogy. I wanted to get photos of my ancestors’ headstones. When looking for the cemeteries where they’re buried, I was unable to find where they were located or how to get there. The more I looked, the more disappointed I was. Even if there was some information, a lot of it was incorrect. I discovered the need for a registry of cemeteries with as much correct information as possible to help people locate a cemetery.
Cemetery Travel: So that inspired you to start CemeteryRegistry.us?
Doyle Glaze II: I wanted to help people in their searches to find someone that has passed. I know there are websites that have lists of people buried in cemeteries, but if you can’t find the cemetery, then what is the use of knowing that?