Cemetery Updates

I have two cemeteries that send me updated copies of their burial records every few years and both sent updates within the last couple of weeks. Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield has over 15,600 burials. It is run be an active association. The other cemetery that sent an update is Lakeview Cemetery. It has slightly over …

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Find A Grave on FamilySearch (Again)

Back in August 2013 I posted that Find A Grave records were on FamilySearch. There was a problem. Only about 15% of the records from F-A-G  were on FamilySearch. Then within a couple of weeks the F-A-G records disappeared off FamilySearch. This week FamilySearch announced that they now have Find A grave records and this …

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Valley View Cemetery, Rush, NY

Back in August of last year i wrote this blog post about Valley View Cemetery in Rush. That cemetery was used by the School of Industry which was a school for delinquent boys. Yesterday, the Democrat and Chronicle ran a long story titled “Neglected in life, abandoned in death” by David Andreatta that gives a lot …

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Poorhouse Cemetery

On July 25, 1984 a bulldozer working on terracing land in Highland Park unearthed some bones.  The operator immediately stopped working and the coroner was called. He determined that they were very old bones and that there were many burials. That first day they uncovered ten adults and two children. A team of archaeologists headed …

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Vandalism in Batavia Cemetery

Twenty five tombstones were toppled over the weekend of April 5-6 in the Elmwood Cemetery on Harvester Ave. in Batavia, NY. Then it happened again over last weekend with 29 more tombstones being damaged. Superintendent of the cemetery, Steven Davis, had just finished repairing the tombstones damaged the first time.  Mr. Davis has been the …

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Old Cemetery in Penfield

I recently found out about an old cemetery in Penfield that I hadn’t known existed. I am transcribing an old newspaper column from 1911 and found this reference to the cemetery.: “The first school house and pioneer burying ground was situated on the southwest corner of the village, and in 1809 when the then “new …

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Forest Lawn Cem. (Buffalo) adding Genealogy Building

Construction has begun on a new 3,140 square foot building at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. It will house all the records of the cemetery dating back to 1849. Also included within the building will be the records of  Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg; St. Matthew’s Cemetery in West Seneca, and Williamsville Cemetery in Williamville which are …

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Mt Hope Cem. – 175 Years

Mt Hope Cemetery in Rochester had an anniversary last week. The cemetery was dedicated on Oct. 3, 1838. Last Saturday Mayor Tom Richards and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter were at a anniversary celebration at the cemetery. In the last 175 years the cemetery has grown in size. Originally it was about 54 acres and now it is about …

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Tombstone Tuesday; Martha Ford

I went on a genealogy trip yesterday. I made stops at a few cemeteries and one of those was Maple Lawn Cemetery in Akron, Erie Co., NY. Buried there is my ancestor Mary (Holcomb) Ford. She was born in Simsbury, Hartford Co., Conn. on 11 Jan. 1756. On 24 Aug. 1772 she was married to …

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Another Cemetery in Rush, NY

I have found out that there is a cemetery in the Town of Rush that very few people knew about. It is called the Valley View Cemetery and is on the grounds of the School of Industry. There were only 13 boys buried there between 1903 and 1940. All graves are marked with tombstones. The …

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