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Vittoria Baptist Cemetery Video
by John Cardiff
Vittoria Baptist Cemetery is located at 1661 Vittoria Road, Vittoria, in historic Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County. The cemetery was established in the original Baptist church yard, in the early 1800s.
This cemetery is still in use, and consists of two parts; one to the west and one to the east of the single lane that provides the only access to the site. The part east of the lane contains only more recent stones, and appears in our video only as a backdrop for closing credits. The stone close ups in our video are all from the west part of the cemetery.
The Ontario Genealogy Society/Norfolk Branch's CD-ROM of Names in Norfolk Cemeteries, lists over 600 names on Vittoria Baptist stones, as of 2003.
Many of the surviving historic stones are still quite readable, but some can no longer be read, even with considerable effort. Although over a dozen stones can be transcribed by pausing the playback of our video when appropriate, our video is meant only as an overview of the cemetery itself, not as an alternative resource to cemetery stone transcriptions.
When it comes to cemetery transcriptions, older is frequently better. Volunteer transcribers from the Norfolk Historical Society transcribed this cemetery in the 1960s. A copy of that transcription is on file and available for viewing in the Reading Room of the Norfolk Heritage Centre (www.norfolklore.com).
The Norfolk Branch of the Ontario Genealogy Society subsequently transcribed this cemetery over a decade later, then updated that effort a few years ago. Their transcription is available for sale from their web site: OGS/Norfolk Branch. (See their "Published Resources" web page.)
Our videos are merely sneak peeks -- not exhaustive treatments -- of their subject. Hopefully they will provide a touch of perspective for those who live at a distance until they can visit.
Copyright 2006-2009 John Cardiff