Short Genealogy Notes

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester has added death dates to their online records. Previously they had burial dates but no death dates online. Start from their search page and after you find someone, click on “More Information / Condolences” to see the death date. Mocavo has made U. S. census searches free for everyone. You …

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Memorial Day 2014

The children on this old postcard are going to decorate the graves of our veterans that died during our past wars. The official origin of Decoration Day, as it used to be called, was in Waterloo, NY in 1866. Other places claim to have celebrated before that date but there is no other collaborating evidence. …

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Ancestry.com acquires FindAGrave.com

Ancestry is buying the volunteer website Find A Grave. Many, including me, were at first worried that all the volunteer work that we have done adding to F-A-G would be just another database on the giant Ancestry. Ancestry CEO, Tim Sullivan, says that “We will maintain Find A Grave as a free website, will retain …

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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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