Friday, November 11, 2011

Spanish Cemetery Evictions

{NSGS Newsletter Editor: Below are excerpts from an article that was recently posted on Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter. The practice of leasing space in cemeteries is fairly common in many countries. Links and citations are provided to allow access to the complete article.}

The following information is from Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter and is copyright by Richard W. Eastman. It is re-published here with the permission of the author. Information about the newsletter is available at < http://www.eogn.com >. (Accessed 09 November 2011)

Torrero, Spain, Evicts Thousands of Ancestors' Remains

A crowded Spanish cemetery has begun placing stickers on thousands of burial sites with lapsed leases as a warning to relatives that their ancestors face possible eviction. The deputy urban planning manager for Zaragoza in Spain's northeast, said Monday that the city's Torrero graveyard has already removed remains from some 420 crypts, and reburied them in common ground.

The cases involve graves whose leases had not been renewed for 15 years or more. Torrero, like many Spanish cemeteries, no longer allows people to buy grave sites, instead leasing them out for periods of five or 49 years.

7,000 of the graveyard's 114,000 burial sites have leases that have run out.

You can read more in an article in the EITB.com web site at < http://goo.gl/OKjhC >.

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