New York State Funeral Directors Association

Census Records Provide Important Clues for Family History Research

One of my ancestors – a farmer - got tangled up in the French & Indian War before rising to the rank of sergeant and fighting in the American Revolution.Willard and Son Ezra Munger

Another ancestor rode the ill-fated Lusitania from England to New York

Fortunately for Henry, it was several years before the ship was sunk and more than 1,000 passengers died during the First World War.

One of my ancestors had a young son kidnapped by Native Americans. Another traveled to New York City from Saratoga County, NY to sell apples each year.

Family History Month – October – provides great encouragement to learn more about where you came from – and you don’t have to hire a genealogist to do it.

Vintage Home Photo by Unsplash on Pixabay

It goes without saying that losing a spouse is an incredibly difficult part of life

Throughout all of the heartache and the headaches of dealing with everything that needs to be done, you have to figure out what your living arrangements are going to be like following your loss.

While many will remain in the home they shared with their significant other, others will look to move on or face the harsh reality that they simply must.

Statue of Liberty is Crying

It’s surprising to hear that so many American Veterans have passed away without the honor of a military funeral.

The issue dates back decades. Funeral homes willingly performed creation services for late veterans and the ashes were left there – abandoned.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


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