Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Searching the NYC Area Cemetery Databases

Within the last few years seven searchable databases have been created for Jewish cemeteries within the New York-New Jersey metro area. Since the Museum wishes that everyone has the greatest success when searching these databases, suggestions have been offered on how best to use them. You can find these suggestions and more at www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/erc-scdb.htm .

The first searchable database was created for Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Fairview, New Jersey. Their site can be found at http://www.mountmoriahcemeteryofnewjersey.org/. Then the creation of a series of six databases began: Mt. Hebron Cemetery (http://www.mounthebroncemetery.com/) in Flushing, New York; Mt. Carmel Cemetery (http://www.mountcarmelcemetery.com/) in Ridgewood, New York; Mt. Zion Cemetery (http://www.mountzioncemetery.com/); Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst, New York (http://www.mountararatcemetery.com/. Then a database for Mt. Judah Cemetery in Ridgewood, New York (http://www.mountjudah.com/) was created. The latest database was created for Mt. Lebanon Cemetery (http://www.mountlebanoncemetery.com/), in Glendale, New York. The database of Mt. Carmel increased in 2007 when they took over the management of the nearby Hungarian Cemetery. Subsequently, Mt. Carmel Cemetery took over management of nearby Knollwood Park Cemetery. Hopefully at some time in 2009 the data from Knollwood Park will be online (as part of the Mt. Carmel database.)

In all, there are at least 700,000 burials within the combined databases. Though there are many more area cemeteries that don't have searchable databases than do, they are nevertheless a great tool for finding the location of a loved one's "final resting place."

Please visit the Museum's Cemetery Project at www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/cp-main.htm where you'll find a cemetery directory, cemetery maps and more.

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