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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Another Local Cemetery Vandalized

Nearly two dozen tombstones were toppled in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Perinton last Thursday. It was the second time in two weeks that vandals have attacked the cemetery. This time, a family visiting the cemetery saw several men loitering. Then one of the men toppled a tombstone. The mourners called 911 but the young men …

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Cemetery Vandalism

Over this last weekend approximately 70 tombstones in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Rochester were toppled. At least 2 of the tombstones were destroyed beyond repair. The rest of the tombstones will be repaired by the staff of the cemetery. Broken beer bottles resting on some of the tombstones indicate that the vandals were drinking at …

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Another Cemetery Crash

It has happened again….  Back in November of last year a car crashed into the Pittsford Cemetery and knocked over and broke a bunch of tombstones. Last night at 3:30 AM a lady in her 70s crashed into the Honeoye Falls Cemetery which is on North Main Street in the Village of Honeoye Falls. Reports …

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Find A Grave

I’m surprised that I haven’t written before about Find A Grave. When I first discovered the website about 10 years ago there weren’t very many records on the website. Currently there are grave records for 62 million people on the website. Some of the records have photos of the tombstones of the person but I …

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New Cemeteries

I just got through updating the Cemetery Page on the Monroe County GenWeb website. While I was updating that page, I discovered that there were two new cemeteries here in Monroe County that started in 2010. The first is Ascension Gardens. It is at 1900 Pinnacle Road in Henrietta. The first burial was sometime in …

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Car crash at old Pittsford Cemetery

A car crashed through the wooden fence at the oldest cemetery in the Town of Pittsford; the Pioneer Burying Ground, and continued to plow through many old tombstones. The driver was said to be suffering a medical condition that caused the accident. The oldest burial in the cemetery, from 1797, is that of Rebecca, the …

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Where’s that tombstone?

Many years ago I ordered the death certificate for my great grandfather, Melvin Halsey, who died in 1920 in a town about one mile south of the New York – Pennsylvania border. It had hardly any information except that he was buried in the Rosstown Cemetery about ¼ mile north of the border in Southport, …

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