Over the years she has traveled to 1426 cemeteries to photograph their conditions. Volunteering to Graveyardscom, local genealogists sites, cemeteries board members/owners and families.

As a cemetery preservationist, she promotes and teaches the learning that she has been taught through the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency out of Springfield, Illinois. It is a method of preserving the cemeteries to it's closest most natural condition. Angie recommends taking classes form the IHPA or teachers who have been taught their same methods.. Here in Illinois you need a permit to do preservation work in an unregistered cemetery. The IHPA is in charge of granting permits.

Every first full weekend of June she host a state wide cemetery crawl somewhere in the state. They travel photographing historical places and cemeteries for 2 days. Last year was in southern Illinois and this year they will be in the central area.

Angie is in the process of writing a book about burials and cemeteries in Illinois. You can read some of the stories on her facebook page call "Beneath our Illinois Roots"

In 2012, she started the Illinois chapter for the Association for Gravestone Studies. They travel twice a year to hold meetings through out Illinois. You can join them on facebook at Illinois Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies.

Angie Johnson
Bement, Illinois


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