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The Daily Genealogist: Monroe County, New York, Cemetery Databases

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Mt. Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records, Rochester, New York

The city of Rochester is located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario. It is the Monroe County seat.

The Department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation of the River Campus Libraries of the University of Rochester has made the Mount Hope & Riverside Cemetery Records database available on its website. This online resource contains records of the approximately 360,000 burials in Mount Hope Cemetery that took place between 1837 and 2002. The records of Riverside Cemetery through 2002 are also part of the database. Records since 2002 have been computerized and are available directly from the cemeteries.

You can search the database by entering the first two letters of the surname. If you know when the individual died you can select a date range from the menu box. The results include a link to the ledger book; click on it to view the ledger page. Look for the letter grouping containing the first letter of the first name of the individual whose record you are seeking and look for the person’s name. The data fields in the ledger book are subdivisions, date of interment, age, cause of death, residence, and where interred.

The website notes that although the Department of Rare Books & Special Collections maintains the databases for both cemeteries, the Department is not able to answer questions about burial locations, the names of others buried in a particular plot, and so on. This type of inquiry should be directed to the Friends of Mount Hope.

Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Rochester, New York

Rochester’s Holy Sepulchre Cemetery is located adjacent to Riverside Cemetery. According to its website, this 135-year-old cemetery is one of the largest and most active cemeteries in Rochester. I found this cemetery resource upon discovering that two members of my family are buried there. Click on the Locate a Loved One link to begin your search. The index can be searched by clicking on the Search by Name link in the contents list. Enter the following into the search box: last name only, first name only, or last name then first name. The results will appear below the search box. Each record is an active link. Click on the link to view the detailed record. The data fields in the detailed search results are name of deceased, cemetery, cemetery section, cemetery lot/tier, cemetery wall, grave number, burial date, additional cemetery information, and age. There are links to cemetery maps in the contents list on the left of the page.

Webster Union Cemetery, Webster, New York

The town of Webster is located in Monroe County, east of Rochester, near the southern shore of Lake Ontario.

This cemetery’s first burial occurred in 1820. The cemetery was established as a burial ground in 1824, and was first known as the Union Cemetery of Webster. Its name was officially changed to the Webster Union Cemetery in 1954. Click on the Burial Listings link to open a new page containing an alphabetical by surname index to burials. The data fields include last name, first name, middle/maiden name, age, birthplace, date of death, and lot, grave, and section numbers. Click on a data field to sort the records by that particular field. Burial plot maps are available on the website. They can be downloaded as PDF files. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the downloaded maps.

The Daily Genealogist: Diaries and a Recommended Website

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Lynn Betlock

Lynn Betlock


I was impressed — and rather envious — to see the results of last week’s survey and realize that over a quarter of respondents own at least one ancestor’s original diary. That number seems to me to be quite high. Fortunately, many of our readers seem to come from families who valued their history or were, perhaps, simply packrats.

Carol R. Austin of Garden Grove, California, wrote about her research into two diaries:

I transcribed my great-grandmother’s diary of a trip from her home in Puyallup, Washington, back to her hometown of Gallipolis, Ohio, by Model T in 1926. I mapped their travels and annotated the diary to identify the family members they visited along their route, which went through Oregon, California, and Oklahoma, among other states. Later, I was asked to transcribe an 1867 diary written by an unidentified schoolgirl at the Patterson Institute in Kentucky. The diary had been found in the effects of a cousin after she died, and no one was able to read it or knew who wrote it. After I transcribed it, I was able to identify the diarist as Eliza “Nina” Boone (1848–1909), the paternal grandmother of the cousin, Nina Boone (Willmott) Tucker Gibbons. It must have been given to the younger Nina since she was named after her grandmother. Priceless!

A Recommended Website for British and Irish Researchers

In his latest Tour Talk newsletter for Great Migration Tour participants, Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the Great Migration Study Project, recommends Geograph Britain and Ireland. He writes:

On the home page, this website describes its mission as follows:

The Geograph Britain and Ireland project aims to collect geographically representative photographs and information for every square kilometre of Great Britain and Ireland.

11,338 contributors have submitted 2,897,398 images covering 265,092 grid squares, or 79.9% of the total.

The home page also includes a very small map of Great Britain and Ireland. Clicking on this map allows you to zoom in until you reach a page devoted to one of the grid squares. There you will find one or more images, almost always including the church if there is one in that grid square. Once you have had your fill of that particular grid square, there is also a little box which allows you to move to the next adjacent grid square in any direction. Or, you may return to the original map and set off in another direction.

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