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Entries in Cemetery (8)

Wednesday
May042011

Planning a Maine Genealogy Trip - Laurel Hill Cemetery

I'm in the beginning stages of planning a trip up to Portland, Maine. This trip is MAINLY to celebrate my 2 year wedding anniversary, but I also have some family roots in the area and I can't not check it out! A brief overview of who I'm pursuing. Now that I've figured out who I will be "visiting" in Maine...it's time to figure out the where...

My first definitive objective is to visit  Laurel Hill Cemetery in Saco, Maine


I found this death record on ancestry.com for my 4x great grandmother Tamar Wentworth Tarbox.It says she was born in Buxton Me and died in Saco, ME October 27, 1893 at the age of 80.

Parents are Ebenezer Wentworth and Sarah Woodman, both of Buxton, ME. Father's occupation: Stone Mason

Place of Burial: Laurel Hill Cemetery

I gave the cemetery a call and they were very helpful. They did a quick computer search of their records and found Tamar's burial plot. They also found a record for my 4x great grandfather Nathan Tarbox, buried right there with her. This was a double yay because I didn't know when Nathan died and their record has "Nathaniel" not "Nathan"....more questions :) I'm also hoping to find a few others in the cemetery...

 

*I'd be willing to take 2 or 3 picture requests! If you know of an ancestor buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery, send me an email with the information and I'll do my best to get a picture for you.

This trip will also be a time when the hubs and I will be celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary! I'm a total beach bum and he likes the shade. One thing we both love to do while we travel, EAT. We've never been to the area so please send any suggestions of restaurants, lobster musts, home town spots near the Buxton, Biddeford/Saco, Old Orchard Beach, or Portland area. If there is a place you love please share!! Also- if anyone has any experience with genealogical or historical research in these areas or share your tips, suggestions, and experiences!

More Maine developments to come...

Tuesday
Mar292011

* historic philadelphia cemetery needs volunteers for clean-up day

A major breakthrough in my personal family research was as simple as finding a few matching records for FREE on familysearch.org . I was able to find the burial of my wright gg grandparents, they lived in Northern Philadelphia abt 1880-1940. From these matching death records I was lead to The Knights of Pythias Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. And now I know- this cemetery needs our help!!

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Thursday
Dec092010

* family history, why don't the records just match up!? 

Vital records contain key pieces of information, it's just a matter of finding them. It's easy to get excited and confident when you find a new record for an ancestor, but it's so important to check out all the details before inducting new records as fact. But even after everything checks out what to do when you find a new record completely blowing your theory?? My recent experience with conflicting and confusing information

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Friday
Dec032010

* finding graves without headstones, what happened? 

I use familysearch.org alot for record searches, and it's *free*! I have found so much information on this site.  A branch of my tree lived in the Philadelphia area circa 1850-1930 and I was lucky enough to find some death records matching my search ! These records can have REALLY helpful information, it just depends on what information was recorded. A few of the death records indicated my ancestors were buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Philadelphia and after some googling I found the cemetery, The Knights of Pythias Greenwood Cemetery. I contacted The Friends of Greenwood Cemetery, a nonprofit organization working to preserve the cemetery and it's records.

It was true!!!! They had a plot with 6 matches and for $15 they would conduct a search of their records and send me: any information they had for the plot and individual burials within the plot, maps of the cemetery, and someone would go to the cemetery for me to take a digital picture! I couldn't wait to hear back, and then the picture...The headstone is not for who I was looking for, but it is the bro of my gg grandmother!

Picture from Greenwood Cemetery

No headstone or marker for my Wrights?? I couldn't believe it! How could there be 6 people buried here without any marker? The owner of the plot is my gg grandfather John Wright (1848- 1922) and the others include: his wife (died at 45), sister (died at 30), son (died at 7), and 2 daughters (died at 1 and 57). He outlived all of them for such a long time. This made me really sad and these short lives are only a few of the deaths John endured throughout his life. The cemetery records included causes of death; diphtheria, small pox, consumption, heart disease.

I'm lucky to have this information, but it weighs heavy on my heart. I am working with my family to purchase some sort of marker/headstone for their plot. I never did find out if they had any record of an original headstone, could it be that a storm caused a tree limb to shatter the stone? Was it vandalized? John bought the plot and buried his family, was there anyone there in the end for him? At the time of his death he was living with his brother and sister in law who were also older in age and his only son was living in New Jersey. I will probably never know what really happened but I hope to gather some family and make a trip to the cemetery in the Spring when we get the marker figured out. I think it could be a good chance to connect and share family information we all have. 

Have you found yourself in a similar situation? What stories do you have from the grave?

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