Mt Hope Cemetery on TV

Had I known beforehand, I would have posted about the documentary that was on tonight about Mt. Hope Cemetery. As it turned out, I only saw that it was on about 10 minutes before it started. “A Walk Through History in Mount Hope Cemetery” was on WXXI-TV. Great nature photography in all 4 seasons help …

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Hurricane Upearths Bones in New Haven, CT

Hurricane Sandy knocked down a historic tree called the “Lincoln Oak” on Monday. That tree on the Upper Green (commons) was planted in 1909 in honor of President Lincoln’s 100th birthday. As the hurricane blew through the northeast on Monday, the tree was uprooted. Later a lady passing by the destroyed tree noticed the back …

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Arlington National Cemetery Online

Back in 2010 there were reports that the record keeping for Arlington National Cemetery were a mess. Reports said that some graves that have a headstone were recorded as vacant. Cemetery workers dug graves only to find that someone was already buried there. They were keeping all their records on paper and some records were …

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Cemetery Vandalized

The Beechwood cemetery in the Town of Kendall, Orleans County has been vandalized. On 21 Oct. a Sheriff’s Deputy discovered that a building had once been a Chapel had some damage including the windows being knocked out. Then a couple of days later the caretaker, who is also the Town highway superintendent, discovered that 32 …

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Cemetery Search in Oneida County

Last week I went to a few cemeteries in Oneida County, NY looking for relatives from the early 1800s. My Nicholas Groat died in 1818 and left a fantastic will that named all of his children and some grandchildren. It was a great help putting the family together. One person he didn’t mention was his …

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Batteries !!!

In my genealogical research I had that one of my ancestors; Elizabeth (Whaley) Adams was born Oct. 27, 1834 in Elizabethtown, NY. Her husband, Cummings Adams was born either in Mass or Vermont depending of which source you believe. Elizabethtown, NY is in Essex County which is near the Vermont border. Recently I saw some …

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Spotlight on Monroe Co. Cemeteries

American Ancestors has a blog called the Daily Genealogist and today they posted a column spotlighting on-line cemetery databases in Monroe County; Mt. Hope, Riverside, Holy Sepulchre and Webster Union Cemeteries. Go read the article by Valerie Beaudrault. While you are there you can also subscribe to receive future articles from American Ancestors for free …

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Missing Burial Records; part 3

I’ve been seeing if the records of the Rochester sexton from the early 1800s still exist.  I made a couple of phone calls to the Rochester City Archives. Finally got to talk to the director of the Archives. She said that the only early records that they have are the “Proceedings of the Trustees of …

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Missing Burial Records; part 2

I was at the Rochester Public Library yesterday to look at a few things and I asked the librarian if they had the old Sexton records of burials in Rochester’s earliest cemeteries. First thing he did was check the manuscript collection on his computer. It appears that the index to the manuscript collection is not …

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Missing Burial Records

I recently created a web page of marriages and deaths extracted from newspapers from the first half of 1830 (see that web page). In an article on page 15 of the 22 Feb. 1830 issue of the Rochester Observer is an article titled “Health of Rochester.” It notes that the Recorder of Burials (AKA Sexton) …

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