Sheila Green-Stevenson is a frequent contributor to the Afrolumens
Project, and is very dedicated to the dissemination of genealogical and
historical data over the Internet. While researching her own
family history in Virginia, she noticed that many Harrisburg and
Steelton area surnames were showing up in the records from Orrick
Cemetery. She has very kindly offered to do lookups for family
history researchers. She can be reached through the email address
In researching my family
that originated from Winchester, Virginia, I became very frustrated in
the fact that there are very few black cemeteries online. Winchester,
Virginia has an historic black cemetery called ORRICK. During one of my visits to the city, I contacted the Board of
Directors of Orrick and the Handley Library Archives for their records. I was given copies (39 pages). I have now alphabetized the listings and I'm in the process of retyping the information to be sent to Orrick & Handley.
I noticed so many surnames from Steelton & Harrisburg that if any
researcher out there would like a lookup, I'd be more than happy to oblige. If there was any information available to help researchers, it was included on the listing. A lot of families from that area left through the underground railroad and settled in various cities in Pennsylvania.
In speaking to Dr. Brooks, the head of the ORRICK board, I was told that churches and cemeteries in the tri-state areas of Virginia, West
Virginia and Maryland. have formed a committee to gather the info and make it available online. I might also add that Orrick now requires all headstones to list the parents
and siblings. Hope this information can be of some help.