The book is called “Cemeteries of Cadiz and Trigg County, Kentucky.” Metts said the last book about Trigg County cemeteries was published in 1978 and was written by Judith Maupin. Maupin was a native of Calloway County and died not long after the book was finished, she said. In November 2000, Metts began working with the other contributors to the book for an updated version. She said the new book will contain more than 400 cemeteries, and that more than 100 of those have never been recorded before. She said the cemeteries located in Land Between the Lakes are not included because they had already been working on the book for a long time and wanted to complete it before much more time passed. Finding all the cemeteries in LBL and compiling the names of people buried there would be a project with challenges all its own, and might warrant its own nook in the future, she said. This, however, has not been decided yet.
The cemeteries contained in the book were compiled by Metts, library employee Kim Fortner, David Sumner and Charles Morris. Metts said that genealogy is a popular hobby and that many people have come into the library trying to track down where their ancestors are buried. She said that Sumner often used to come in wanting to know where a few of them were, and that this helped to inspire them to start work on a new, more complete book.
Metts said that they occasionally got tips from people who called the library to identify where a few of the cemeteries were. They occasionally had to use four-wheelers to get to them. Once there, the four of them painstakingly wrote down not only the names of the people buried there, but also copied each of the headstones’ inscriptions verbatim.
“It took a lot of time and a lot of gas.
Metts said the headstones sometimes included wedding dates and the names of all that person’s children, as well as other information. They were often hard to read, but she had a “cemetery kit” in her car. A can of shaving cream and a squeegee were included in her makeshift kit, and proved to be quite handy.
“The shaving cream goes in the crevices so you could read the stone without hurting it,” Metts said.
Read the full version of this story on County cemeteries in the March 5 Cadiz Record.