New York State Funeral Directors Association

Some people voice their wishes when discussing what will happen with them after they pass away.

It’s hard to consider doing anything but what they asked.

But some have been placing ashes at the Vietnam Veterans National Memorial in Washington, D.C.

There are better places for the remains of veterans.

Image of Columbarium Where Ashes are Stored

Genealogy websites are a good way to find family you didn’t know about. Obituaries and searches of cemeteries are another way to find relatives.

But what about long-lost relatives who were cremated and whose ashes were never picked up by family members?

View of Ancestry.com depicts travel of Ed Munger's DNA from Europe to America

A long-neglected burial site has found friends – and family – brought together after a fortunate set of circumstances.

Finding out you are a descendant of an important local figure is remarkable.

Learning their burial site is neglected and all-but forgotten, is another.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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