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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Sampson Vets Mem. Cem.

On Monday, 26 Sept., was the first burial in a new veterans cemetery that has been in the planning for over 15 years. Clinton Van Gelder, formerly of Intelaken, NY, who died on 22 Jan. 2010, had told his wife, Eva, that he wished to be buried in the new veterans cemetery. Van Gelder had …

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Honeoye Falls Cemetery Crashed; Again

Back on June 1st a car crashed into some tombstones in the Honeoye Falls Cemetery. Now it has happened again. This time, six tombstones and a fence were damaged in the cemetery including some tombstones that were over 100 years old. The Village Administrator says police told him a vehicle lost control and drove into …

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Arlington Cemetery Records

Dick Eastman on his blog has been following the story of lost records at Arlington National Cemetery. This story started back last year in June when an article in the Washington Post said¬† that dozens of burial plots appear on maps as occupied but have no headstone, and some graves that have a headstone are …

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