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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
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Baltzer Meyer Historical Society, Greensburg, Pennsylvania


Greensburg is located in Westmoreland County. It is part of the Pittsburgh metro area. The Baltzer Meyer Historical Society is “a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of Old Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, with an emphasis on Southwestern Pennsylvania families.”


The Society has made an obituary index available on its website. The database currently contains nearly 27,000 records. It is a work in progress, with new records being added over time. It is an index to the Society's "storehouse" of obituaries of individuals who resided in or had connections to Westmoreland County. Click on the link to the index in the right-hand column of the text. This will open a new page with links that have been organized alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the deceased. The data fields in the index are name, date of death, comments, and location code. The comments field lists the relevant materials the historical society has in its obituary holdings, which might include a “photograph, memorial card, news item, funeral notice, etc.” The location code indicates where the obituary can be found in the Society’s collections. You may order copies of obituaries from the Baltzer Meyer Historical Society for a small fee. Be sure to include all location codes associated with the deceased so that you receive all available copies of obituaries related to that individual.


Allegheny Cemetery, Pennsylvania


The Allegheny Cemetery is located in Pittsburgh, which is in southwestern Pennsylvania. The cemetery, established in 1844, is said to be one of the largest cemeteries in the country. It comprises 300 acres and has fifteen miles of paved roads. More than 130,000 individuals have been buried there.


There is a burials database on the cemetery website. Click on the Genealogy link in the menu bar at the top of the home page to begin your search. This will open the cemetery records search page. The database can be searched by first name and last name. The search results returned are full name, if known, date born, date died, burial plot location (section, lot, and grave numbers), and a link to a section map.


There are additional resources on the website. One is a database of notable individuals buried in Allegheny Cemetery. Click on the Notables link in the contents list on the left side of the webpage, which will open a new page where you can search or browse the list. In many cases, photographs of the deceased are included. For most, there is also information on why they are notable. There is also a database of burials of individuals who served in the military. Click on the Pictures link to browse through all photographs of individuals buried in the Allegheny Cemetery. This list contains the photographs and portraits of historical figures as well as individuals who died in the past two years. For those who died in 2011 and 2012, click on the Condolences and More Information link to read their obituaries.

Posted by Ellie Spinney at 04/02/2012 07:40:00 AM | 

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