Updates to Find A Grave and Billion Graves

Since Ancestry bought Find A Grave last year, the change that I like best is that they added a list of siblings to each person’s memorial. That only took some minor reprogramming as the siblings were from links that people created when they added children to a parent. My grandfather, Archie Halsey, (click image for …

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Short Followups

In took the book, Hundertj√§hrige Geschichte des Deutschtums von Rochester (1915) by Hermann Pfaefflin to the RootsTech 2013 conference. FamilySearch scanned the book and were going to place a digital copy online. It has been almost a year and it still isn’t online This web page on FamilySearch says there is a digital copy but …

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Tombstone Tuesday: A Tombstone for Grandma

Back in the first week of September I went to Dunkirk, NY to take a photo of the tombstone of my grandmother, Jocelia (Buell) Halsey. She was buried in the Wollowbrook Park Cemetery and as I remember it, she was buried near her sister, Grace, who had died before her. It took a while but …

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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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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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Tomlinson’s Corners Cemetery, Mendon, NY

Over at the blog called “The Graveyard Rabbit – Western NY State” is a description of the Tomlinson’s Corner Cemetery in the Town of Mendon, NY. Also there are some very good quality photos of very old tombstones in the cemetery. You can click on the photos and they open as much larger images. That …

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Jack the Ripper suspect; Tombstone Tuesday

This is the tombstone and an enlargement of the inscription for Francis Tumblety who is buried just about a mile from my home in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. Search on the internet and you will find those that say he was Jack the Ripper and those that say he could not possibly be the Ripper. Francis …

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Tombstone Tuesday – 4/14/09

This year is the 175th anniversary of the City of Rochester. The City is named for Nathaniel Rochester who was an early promoter of the small village. Nathaniel died three years before Rochester became a City. He and his family are buried at the top of lot R in Mt. Hope Cemetery in the City …

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