New York State Funeral Directors Association

Family gathering for the holidays

My eldest uncle on my Mom’s side of the family passed away earlier this year, and with his passing went volumes of information I never got around to learning about that side of my family.

I’m working on a family tree, slowly but surely.

I realize now it’s going to be ten-times tougher without the knowledge of my dear uncle.

He was a veteran and longtime police officer who was nearly killed on the job trying to save a woman from an armed, crazy boyfriend.

A memorial to Romanian victims of the Holocaust

The tiny, hilltop cemetery serves as the final resting place for 228 people who once lived in the eastern European country we call the Slovak Republic today.

Their Jewish community comprised a major portion of the town of Banska Stiavnica’s population – until most of them were sent to death camps by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Image of the stained glass window at the Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Chapel Mausoleum

The likeness of prominent 17th Century Catholic figures will welcome friends and family at a new mausoleum built with local materials in Upstate New York.

Dozens of people gathered at a dedication ceremony for the Mary Immaculate, Patroness of America Chapel Mausoleum in November, 2017.

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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