New York State Funeral Directors Association

Grave Markers of Irish Americans

A dozen veterans of the New York Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry spent a snowy Sunday morning, March 10 honoring Irish-American Civil War veterans buried at two Albany, N.Y. area cemeteries.

Adult Funeral Procession By Willam P. Chappel, From the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I was a young teen when my good friend’s grandfather passed away, and, as was typical for me, I didn’t know what to do or say.

So being asked to serve as a pallbearer on the day of the funeral was fulfilling. I felt that I could, at the very least, play some role during that difficult day.

It didn’t take long until I realized how difficult the day was going to be.

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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