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Cemetery Work

2011-2022

2014: Portsmouth, Virginia

Acquisition of Fisher's Hill Cemetery

Submission of complete title search to Vice-Mayor of Portsmouth, Virginia. Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex named a city cemetery. Over fifty of our ancestors rest here.

2014-2023: United States Colored Troops

United States Colored Troops Lost Burials

Identification of lost graves and burial sites of United States Colored Troops. Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

2015: Portsmouth, Virginia

Lincoln Memorial Cemetery Interment Database

Completion of full interment list for Lincoln Memorial Cemetery (est. 1912). Over thirty ancestors rest here.

2015-2018: Portsmouth, Virginia

United States Colored Troops Headstone Project

Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1885). Application, personal funding, and replacement of eighteen African American Civil War veteran headstones.

2016-2022: Portsmouth, Virginia

United States Colored Troops Headstone Project

Lincoln Memorial Cemetery. Application, funding, and replacement for three African American Civil War veterans' headstones.

2016: Portsmouth, Virginia

Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex Interment Database

Completion of full interment database for the Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1879).

2016: Portsmouth, Virginia

Mt. Calvary Cemetery Complex Historical Marker

Research, text, and collection of all supporting documentation, submitted to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

2017: Warren County, North Carolina

Warren County slave cemetery database

Completion of research on interment list of a slave cemetery in Warren County, North Carolina.

2018: Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina

Haywood Baptist Church Interment Database

Completion of full interment database for Haywood Baptist Church cemetery. Eight of our ancestors rest here.

2019: Suffolk, Virginia

Oak Lawn Cemetery Granted Virginia State Funding

Eligible list of burials researched and submitted to DHR by Nadia K. Orton, January, 2019. VA HB2311, Oak Lawn Cemetery approved for Virginia state funding. Oak Lawn Cemetery (est. 1885). Five of our ancestors rest here.

2019: Suffolk, Virginia

Oak Lawn Cemetery Historical Marker

Research, text, and collection of all supporting documentation, submitted to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Marker approved June, 2019.

2019: Wilson County, North Carolina

New ancestors added to family tree

The discovery of several members of the Neal Family of Franklin County, North Carolina, maternal ancestors, interred in Wilson cemeteries (Odd Fellows/Rountree-Vick/Rest Haven).

2020-2021: Suffolk, Virginia

Oak Lawn Cemetery Veterans

Fifty-two additional veterans documented. They served in the Civil War, Spanish American, and World Wars I and II.

September 15, 2021: Unity Cemetery Preservation Project Proposal

Proposal for preservation of Unity Cemetery records and cemetery grounds, to be presented before Rocky Mount City Council. Submitted to Rocky Mount City Managers in October, 2021, and February, 2022.

November, 2021: Rocky Mount, Edgecombe County, North Carolina

Unity Cemetery Preservation Project

Hired by City of Rocky Mount, North Carolina, as lead genealogist/historian for Unity Cemetery Restoration and Preservation Project. Unity Cemetery, est. 1901.

February 11, 2022: Unity Cemetery website launches

The City of Rocky Mount creates a website for Unity Cemetery. Information includes a history, timeline, gallery, biographies and other information supplied by Unity Cemetery staff.

Memorial Day, 2022: Unity Cemetery staff identifies and confirms gravesites of service members

As Memorial Day approaches, the city of Rocky Mount would like to inform residents that the graves of 83 service members have been identified to date at Unity Cemetery, according to research conducted by Nadia K. Orton, Genealogist/Historian, Unity Restoration and Preservation Project.

June 22, 2022: A Gravestone for a Veteran

A Gravestone for a Veteran

In response to the Memorial Day Veteran flyer, a descendant contacted me about his ancestor, a WWII Veteran, who rests in an unmarked grave in Unity. I assisted him with his ancestor's date of death, and all necessary records and paperwork to receive a new headstone for his ancestor from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

july 8, 2022: New Office for Unity Cemetery Preservation Project!

The City of Rocky Mount closed on a home, located at the corner of E. Holly Street and E. Grand Avenue, to function as the new office for the Unity Cemetery project. Steps away from the entrance to Unity Cemetery, the location is perfect. Future visitors will be able to learn the history of Unity, see artifacts, consult with the cemetery staff on in-depth information about their ancestors, , and then walk through the cemetery to visit the graves of loved ones and family members.