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Spotlight: Brooklyn, New York Cemeteries

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Visitor Services Representative

Green-Wood Cemetery


The Green-Wood Cemetery was founded in 1838 as one of the country’s earliest rural cemeteries. The 478-acre cemetery with “hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths,” contains 560,000 graves. As noted on its website, an 1866 New York Times article stated, “It is the ambition of the New Yorker to live upon Fifth Avenue, to take his airings in the [Central] Park, and to sleep with his fathers in Green-Wood.” Click on the Historic Green-Wood link to view a dropdown list of options from which to select. Select About/History to read details of the cemetery’s history.

Many notable individuals are buried in Green-Wood Cemetery, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Horace Greeley, as well as Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. On the cemetery website you will find profiles of a few of these famous ‘residents.’ Select on the Famous Residents link from the dropdown list to access the biographies.


Select Map from the dropdown list under the Historic Green-Wood tab to view and download a PDF version of a comprehensive map of Green-Wood Cemetery. The map also contains the names and photographs of some of the more well-known cemetery residents. Their graves are noted on the map. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the map.


There is a photo gallery under the Photos link. Click on the Videos link to view a number of videos of the cemetery. You will also find a list of films and television shows shot on location at Green-Wood Cemetery.


The link to the burial database search page may also be found on the dropdown list under the Historic Green-Wood tab. It should be noted that the database is not complete. Some burials may be missing from the list, particularly some of the earliest ones. (The records at the cemetery are complete.) Select the Burial Search link to open the search page. The database can be searched by first name and last name. Searches can be limited by year of burial. You should note that the date of interment listed in the database might not be the date of an individuals' first burial at Green-Wood Cemetery. If an individual was moved from one grave to another, the date of interment listed in the database will be the re-interment date. The data fields in the search returns are last name, first name, burial date, and lot and section. Individual burial transcripts and a listing of names and dates of interment of all individuals buried in a plot may be ordered from the cemetery for a fee.


The Evergreens Cemetery


The Evergreens Cemetery was organized in 1849. It covers 225 acres and is located in Brooklyn on the Brooklyn-Queens border. More than 526,000 people are buried in Evergreens Cemetery. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.


Click on the Records tab to begin a search the interment records of The Evergreens Cemetery. Currently the records of over 300,000 of the more than 500,000 individuals buried at the Evergreens have been included in the searchable database. The list is nearly complete for the period from 1849 to 1877, and the period from 1942 to the present. The database is a work in progress with new records being added on a regular basis. You can search by first name and last name. The data fields in the search results are first name, middle name, last name, burial date, and burial number. Researchers may contact the cemetery directly for additional information.


Click on the Stories tab to find biographical information about some of the notable individuals buried in the cemetery and articles about historical events, including disasters, as they relate to the cemetery. The stories are organized under the following headers: The Revolutionary War, The Civil War, Famous Musicians, Entertainers and Artists, Quirky Characters, and Historical Disasters. On the right side of the Stories main page you will find links to the individual narratives.

Posted by Jean Powers at 12/12/2011 07:35:00 AM | 

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