General Links to New Orleans
Simple and advanced queries to Internet search engines will return thousands of websites on cemeteries. Tighter searches such as "tomb restoration" or "historic cemetery" or the specific name of the cemetery will be more useful.
- Orleans Parish Page
- National Register of Historic Places in Louisiana
- Mardi Gras Guide
- A History of New Orleans: Donnald McNabb & Lee Madere
- Cities of the Dead
- Soul of America
- New Orleans Jazz Fest
- The Gumbo Pages
- New Orleans City Council
- For local GIS information: Regional Planning Commision
- The Vieux Carré Commission
- History of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
[Researchers] need to be able to critically evaluate a Web page for authenticity, applicability, authorship, bias, and usability. The ability to critically evaluate information is an important skill in this information age. — Kathy Schrock, Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, 2003.
When looking for historical information on the Internet, researchers look for:
- Primary source material
- Clear documentation of sources
- Balanced interpretation of historical facts, or a clearly articulated stance that separates fact from hypotheses and from the researcher's conclusions
- A sense of the field; Evidence that the material presented was developed by those well versed in the field
- Research tools, key word searches, on-line archives, links to related research sites
Researchers evaluate the worthiness of web-delivered information by certain criteria
- Who did the research?
- How has it been funded, Resourced? (Gives a clue as to how in-depth the work is, and/or how balanced is the interpretation)
- Links to primary material
- Inclusion of full citations, credits, and copyright information
A Selection of Sites for Historical Research
- American Memory
- History Matters: Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History courses.
- Do History: A site that shows you how to piece together the past from the fragments that have survived.
- Council of State Historical Records Coordinators: Links to records archives in all the states.
- Historical Research Gateways: http://www.ku.edu/history/VL/, http://chnm.gmu.edu/index1.html, http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/Other.Repositories.html
- Places in Time: Philadelphia based resources
- Making of America (Cornell)
- Historical Societies: Most state and large city historical societies have Internet sites with collection information and links to primary source material. The Historic New Orleans Collection and The Historic Society of Pennsylvania are examples.
- Census Information
- Jan Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate are recognized authorities on evaluating information on the Internet. Their advice and helpful checklists can be found in Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web, Lawrence Erbaum Associates, 1999.
Historic Cemetery Websites
Show me your cemeteries, and I will tell you what kind of people you have — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
- Mt. Auburn, Boston, MA
- Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY
- Laurel Hill, Philadelphia, PA
- Congressional Cemetery
- Gettysburg Cemetery