- Milwaukee County Genealogical Society membership meetings are now back in person at the Central Library (and will continue to be also online). The meetings will start with a short business meeting, followed by our speaker presentation at 1:30pm. Judy Klimt Houston will be speaking in person at the library.
Judy Klimt Houston is a member of our society and began researching family history in the 1990's with special thanks to the many classes provided by our esteemed member, Arlene Brachman. Although Judy learned of a family member who was buried at the Milwaukee County Almshouse and Poor Farm Cemetery back in 1998, it was just three years ago, when she learned of the two burial disruptions occuring at one of the three cemeteries on County Grounds. The ramifications of the burial disruptions, including the fact the remains of 2,480 are held at UW-M for scientific research, encouraged Judy to seek assistance from the State. In her discussions with the Wisconsin Burial Sites Preservation Department, our current burial laws (WI State Statute 157.70 & HS 2) were found to not protect our ancestors' burials. In fact, WE are the ones who are required to protect our loved one's graves.
Believe it or not, based on our current Wisconsin Burial Laws, ANY cemetery is subject to possible burial disruption - including Forest Home Cemetery, Union, Valhalla, etc. If a road needs to widen, a building needs to add on, land use changes; any of these may contribute to a request for burial disruption. Approval may be provided by the State...unless kin to the buried have applied for and are approved to be on a "Registry for Informed Persons", and they question the need for disturbance. Judy's presentation will include discussion of our current state burial
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