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St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY

More Photos from Cousin Bernie. Since Bernie is the photographer, he naturally chose a cemetery with family in it. St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, New York is quite a large cemetery, and I found many family names among the Kwiatkowskis buried there, including my great grandfather and great-great grandmother (Bernie's great-uncle and great grandmother), . The… Continue reading St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY

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Graveyard Month 2017

Happy October! I'm featuring cemetery photos from my cousin Bernie Kubiak this month.  This one is from Chestnut Hill Cemetery in the village of Portville, New York (near Olean). I don't think we have any relatives buried here. You can find a complete listing of interments  here.

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Death-It runs in the family

A curious thing about my ancestors--they're all dead.  It's the one thing they have in common. When they die, they get buried.  At least back in the day, that's what they did.  Today, cremation is a definite possibility, and it's getting more common.  Especially in Europe where they are running out of room for all… Continue reading Death-It runs in the family

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Colonel Wyckoff’s Lost Tombstone

My mom is a first generation American.  This means that she and her siblings are the first in the family to be born in the United States. My Grandfather on my dad's side is also first generation American.  Mom is half German and half Austro-Hungarian Jew, and Grandpa on Dad's side is 100% Polish. Grandpa… Continue reading Colonel Wyckoff’s Lost Tombstone

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The Red Cemetery of West Weber Hides a Secret

It looks like thursday posts are becoming a habit. So thursday it is. This Cemetery is Hiding a Secret I found the West Weber cemetery while driving the back roads in Weber County.    It is in a small farm town located West of Ogden, Utah on the plains between the mountains and the north end of the… Continue reading The Red Cemetery of West Weber Hides a Secret

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Springville Cemetery Tells its own Stories

The tombstones tell the stories.

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October is Graveyard Month

"We grow up believing graveyards to be haunted. It was almost a rite of passage to test your bravery by visiting the forgotten after midnight. We all thought we saw ghosts as shadows danced from grave to grave by the reflective moonlight..." --Jeff Roberts

Caroline Smart Smith Skeen, Frenz Denial Skeen, Mary Davis Skeen, Plain City, Utah, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, William Dolby Skeen

What Happened to the Skeen Family?

History has not treated polygamous wives kindly--especially those who were not the first wives.

Caroline Smart Smith Skeen, Plain City, Utah Cemetery, Skeen, Untold Stories, William Dolby Skeen

What I found in Plain City

William Skeen was a polygamist--he had two wives!  (I would have noticed this in 2002 if I had not been so focused on the death dates on the tombstone.)