Olive Branch Cemetery Restoration

Cemetery Restoration

Respectful cleaning and restoration of overgrown and neglected cemeteries for the benefit of future generations.

Records Preservation

Thorough transcription and indexing of information from burial registers and gravestones. Compilation of unique cemetery maps and photo collections.

Education and Outreach

Thoughtful interfaith service opportunities for genealogists, translators, photographers, and youth groups.


Olive Branch Cemetery Restoration is a non-profit organization dedicated to preservation of at-risk, Indigenous-Native, Jewish historical cemeteries via site clean-up, records digitization, and enhanced community awareness.  Current projects include:

  • Pioneer Cemetery, Bay Center Washington, The Chinook Indian Nation; Papua New Guinea
  • Bayside, Acacia, and Mokom Sholom in Queens, New York
  • Baron de Hirsch and numerous cemeteries in Staten Island, New York
  • Cemeteries in Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho
  • Namibian disproportionately marginalized communities of South West Africa
  • Kremenets in Ternopils, Ukraine



The helming efforts of Olive Branch Cemetery Restoration are guided by the Spirit in a "four-fold" purpose, as well as reverential respect of all groups, communities, faiths and nationalities.

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Our ongoing development of database, maps and indexes are prepared from original ledgers, interment lists, gravestone images, volunteer visits, and personal dialogues.

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The progressive, inspirational, self-effacing efforts of everyone have been recognized by The New York Jewish Week, New York One, LDS Living and IAJGS.

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Updates Coming Soon

Watch for new updates to the Pioneer Cemetery, Bayside, Acacia, and Mokom Sholom collection.

History of OBCR

Learn about OliveBranchCemeteryRestoration and its founder, Michael Shane Wamsley.

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