I included some of the surrounding area because when searching for our ancestors,they are never where we expect them to be.!!
83-84 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417, (718) 845-9240
1126 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314, (718) 698-0162
80-35 Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417,(718) 843-4840
80-12 Cypress Hills Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385, (718) 366-3558 NOTE: Carolee Inskeep's book, "The Graveyard Shift" Beth-El Cemetery is also known as "New Union Filelds Cemetery".... Beth El (New Union Field) Records available from Salem Field Cemetery Office Salem Fields (Temple EmanuEl) Founded 1852 County: Kings / Brooklyn 775 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208 718-277-3898 First cemetery was in Brooklyn. The congregation gave that up and opened here in 1852. See also: Beth El (New Union Field)
Sometimes referred to as Branch of the Evergreen & Branchevergreen (one word).A section used about 1870s thru 1890s. See Holy Trinity Cemetery
Bushwick Ave. between Conselyea and Skillman St. Brooklyn, NY
80-01 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379, (718) 894-4888
833 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208, (718) 277-2900 NOTE: Aug.2000 Cypress Hills is under court ordered receivership & the company in charge is BPC. Cypress Hills Cemetery 718-277-2900 General manager is John Desmond, asst. manager is Bill Malloney. If you need to push a point, the Asst. Attorney General overseeing Cypress Hills is Robert Pigott, with an office in the Attorney General's Office at 120 Broadway New York, N.Y. 10271. Robert Pigotts phone number is: 212-416-8397. All of these people should be very helpful. Best regards, Don Davis Cypress Hills National Cemetery is closed to active burial. Its records are maintained at the Long Island National Cemetery. Contact information for the Long Island National Cemetery: Long Island National Cemetery 2040 Wellwood Avenue East Farmingdale (Farmingdale P.O.), NY 11735 tel: 516/454-4949 fax: 516/694-5422 e-Mail: email@example.com Cypress Hills National Cemetery, Brooklyn (Kings County NY) Address: 625 Jamaica Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11208 Telephone: (718) 277-2900 Other Information: This National Cemetery had been in operation from 1870-1954 and is under the jurisdiction of the National Cemetery System, Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Established as a burial ground for Union Civil War soldiers who died in military hospitals in New York City area. Contains the Garfield Memorial Site Monument, in memory of President James Garfield (1831-1881). Naval Yard Publications about this cemetery: Holt, Dean W., American Military Cemeteries. Jefferson, NC; McFarland & Company,Inc. 1992. Records Information: Availability of in-depth record searches will be determined by the specific details of the request; please contact the Director of the cemetery by phone or mail.
1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207-1849, (718) 455-5300 E-MAIL firstname.lastname@example.org
39-01 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11354, (718) 359-0100
See.. Holy Cross
E. 40th St. @ Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY
25th Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11232, (718) 768-7300,WEBSITE WEBSITE
(Catholic) 3620 Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203, (718) 284-4520 http://www.interment.net/data/us/ny/kings/holycross/holy_cross.htm This is from Henry Stiles' History of Brooklyn published in 1880: FLATBUSH CEMETERY A Roman Catholic cemetery, otherwise known as the Cemetery of the Holy Cross, which differs from Greenwood in this principal particular, that while in Greenwood persons of all religious shades of belief may be interred, in the Holy Cross cemetery none but those who die in the Catholic faith are buried. This cemetery was established in 1849, when Father McDonough, who was then pastor of St. James's Church, in Jay street, purchased so seventeen acres of ground in the village of Flatbush for the purpose of a burial ground. Previous to the purchase of this ground the Roman Catholics had used a portion of ground set apart by the government near the Navy Yard for the use of all denominations, and when the present ground was bought, the remains of nearly two thousand five hundred Catholics who had been interred in the old ground, were removed to it for burial. Since the first purchase nineteen additional acres have been added, making in all thirty-six acres, of which sixteen are already occupied, and at the average rate of burials now, which is about sixty per week, the remainder of the ground will be sufficient for twenty years longer. The cemetery, as before stated, is owned by the church, and while, as in all Catholic cemeteries, there is a portion set apart for the burial of' those whose relatives are too poor to pay for a plot of ground, the remainder of the ground is divided into plots containing, respectively, room for two or four graves; which are purchased from the sexton of the Cathedral in Jay street, and when so purchased, become for burial purposes the absolute property of the purchaser. Instead of the undulating succession of hills and valleys which make the appearance of Greenwood so picturesque, Flatbush cemetery presents a surface as level from one end to another as an Illinois prairie. From the main entrance a broad carriage-way leads to the chapel, a frame building some thirty-five by fifty feet, with A small tower, in which a clergyman, attached to the cemetery and surrounding district, is always in attendance, and when a funeral enters the cemetery, unless it be that of a very young child, thecoffin is borne into this chapel, and the mourners unite with the priest in reciting the prayers of the church for the repose of the soul of the dead, after which the body is interred. Immediately surrounding the church is the most attractive part of the cemetery to be found, for it is here that, as evidenced by the piles of monumental marble which surround it on all sides, are the graves of the wealthiest and best known classes of the Catholic community. Close by the church is the grave of the Rev. Father McDonough, the founder of the cemetery, who died in 1853. A plain and somewhat time-worn marble slab records the fact. In the same row are two similar slabs covering the last resting places of Father Schneller, the former pastor of St. Paul's church in Court street, and Father Curran, formerly pastor of the Roman Catholic church in Astoria. All the monuments in the immediate vicinity of the chapel are of the most beautiful and some of them of the most costly character. At Flatbush, also, is the Potter's field, connected with the county institutions. (Thanks to Michael Cassidy)
(Catholic)See Most Holy Trinity (RC) Cemetery
Knollwood Park Cemetery
(Jewish) Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207, (718) 386-6700
(Jewish) 52-22 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385, (718) 821-2279
67-29 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village, NY 11379, (718) 821-1750 --Note: Other websites state the address as Flushing, when it more accurately Middle Village. ---From the Ridgewood Times 2006 In 1848 the New York State Legislature passed the Rural Cemetery Association Act, which became law on April 27, 1848. As a result, a number of cemeteries came into existence in Queens County. Pastor Frederick Geissenhainer of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New York City, and his son, Frederick Geissenhainer Jr., an attorney, acquired land in Middle Village at prices ranging from $386 to $625 per acre. On March 22, 1852, Lutheran Cemetery was incorporated, and the land purchased by the Geissenhainers was turned over to the cemetery corporation. They hired John Adam Heuss, a civil engineer and a former burgermeister from Goeppinger in Wurtemburg, Germany, to survey the land for the cemetery. When this project was completed, he became its first superintendent. At one time 69th Street was the Juniper Valley Road, and Metropolitan Avenue was the Williamsburg-Jamaica Turnpike. Isaac Ferguson, a resident of Middle Village, who made his living as a market man or trader, owned slightly more than a half acre on the south side of the intersection. Land at this location was valuable for a hotel, restaurant or tombstone yard. He also owned land in what later became Glendale. Ferguson decided not to sell his land on the turnpike to the Geissenhainers, as he thought it was worth more than they were willing to pay. Accordingly, when John Heuss laid out "Old" Lutheran Cemetery on the south side of the turnpike, the cemetery ranged from what is now 73rd Street on the east to what is now Christ the King Regional High School on the west, with the exception of Ferguson’s land. "New" Lutheran Cemetery was laid out north of the turnpike.
82-30 Cypress Hills Street, Glendale, NY 11385, (718) 366-5959
P.O. Box 125, Elmont, NY 11003, (718) 347-0095 Maimonides Cemetery There are 2 Maimonides Cemeteries, both owned and operated by the Maimonides Benevolent Society: the first was opened circa 1850 and is at 895 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn and the second was opened in 1922 and is on Elmont Road, immediately north of Beth David Cemetery (it is separate from Beth David) in the Hamlet of Elmont, Town of Hempstead, Nassau County. The office for both is located at the Elmont location and can be reached by calling either: 718/347-0095 (NYC tie line) 516/775-6222 While the Maimonides Benevolent Society was created by German Jews, mostly Reform Jews, in the mid 1800s as a mutual aid and burial society, the cemetery has always operated according to the strictest interpretation of halacha (Jewish law). The secretary-treasurer of the Society as well as a cemetery manager work out of the office building at the entrance to the cemetery located in Elmont. Rabbi Moishe Ben Maimon, Maimonides, also known as the Rambam was born in 1135 C.E. in Córdoba, Spain and died in 1204 C.E. in Cairo, Egypt. See below for the Oath of Maimonides
83-15 Kew Gardens Street, Kew Gardens, NY 11415, (718) 544-3600
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10036, (212) 730-7676
Springfield Blvd., St. Albans, NY 11412, (718) 528-1700
83-45 Cypress Hills Road, Glendale, NY 11385, (718) 939-9405
P.O. Box 228, Flushing, NY 11352, (718) 939-9405
(Jewish) P.O. Box 125, Elmont, NY 11003, (718) 347-0095
(Jewish) Cypress Avenue, Mount Judah Cemetery P.O. Box 860177 Ridgewood, NY 11386-0177 (718) 821-1060
(Jewish) 7800 Myrtle Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385, (718) 821-0200
82-07 Cypress Hills Road, Brooklyn, NY 11208, (718) 366-4141
65-40 Grand Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378, 718) 326-1777
172-00 Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365, (718) 353-1560
'Holy Trinity Cemetery' Address: 675 Central Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11207 Mailing Address: 80-01 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, NY 11379 Telephone: (718) 894-4888
This Catholic cemetery has been in operation since 1820 and is owned/governed by the Brooklyn Diocese. Visiting hours are 9AM-4PM daily; office hours are 9AM-5PM weekdays 9am-1pm on Saturday. Records Information: Records are housed at Catholic Cemeteries Office; Middle Village, Queens. searches by office personnel only, no appointment is necessary. Branchevergreen or Branch Evergreen is a part of this cemetery. April 11th, 2002 issue of the Ridgewood Times / Times Newsweekly in the "Our Neighborhood: The Way It Was" Mr. James Mueller of Meshoppen, Pennsylvania writes the following: .. "In the 1800s, a Brooklyn tinsmith donated the land for Most Holy Trinity Cemetery to Most Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church on Montrose Avenue in the Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn. His only request was that all grave markers be either wood, copper or tin thereby ensuring his livelihood. Over the years the church maintained that rule, but now will allow flat stone monuments."
Next to Dutch Reformed Church, New Lots Ave. Opposite Barbey Street North and South sides of New Lots Ave, between Barrey St and Schenck Ave, East New York, Brooklyn Mailing address: Mr. Peter Rapelje 48 Circle Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542
16th Ave. @ 85th Street, Brooklyn, NY
In the area bounded by Devoe St., Union Ave., Powers St. and Lorimer St. Reportedly, the bodies were removed to Cypress Hills Cemetery about 1856. I don't know whether Cypress Hills has detailed information on mass removals to its grounds or if the Methodist churches kept reliable burial records. The burying ground at Williamsburgh had been owned by the Attorney St. Methodist Church (actually, the Grand Street Methodist Church at Grand and Attorney Streets, Manhattan) in New York City and by the First Methodist Protestant Church of Williamsburgh, also known as the Grand Street Methodist Protestant Church. These Methodist congregations also owned property in the outlying section of Bushwick and had opened a new cemetery (Union Cemetery) there in 1851, on a large plot bounded by Irving Ave., Putnam Ave., Palmetto St. and a line slightly northeast of Knickerbocker Ave. Union Cemetery was filled by the early 1890s and large removal operations began in 1897. Many of the remains from Union Cemetery were removed to Cedar Grove Cemetery - I believe they were placed in Section 14. This may be in what is now the Mount Hebron Cemetery. The Union Cemetery records were apparently poorly kept and very incomplete. There were thousands of additional remains found that were far in excess of what the records indicated. Thanks to: George Miller
Church Ave. @ Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY
(Catholic) 361 Sharronton, Staten Island, NY 10309, (718) 356-7738
(Jewish) 775 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208, (718) 277-3898
(Catholic) Metropolitan Ave. and Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village, NY 11379, (718) 894-4888
(Catholic) 72-02 Astoria Blvd., East Elmhurst, NY 11370, (718) 278-3240
(Catholic) 1759 Castle Hill Avenue, Bronx, NY 10462, (212) 792-4044
1137 North Broad Street, Hillside, NJ 07205, (201) 352-7940
74 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006, (212) 285-0836
Union Cemetery, Brooklyn
This cemetery, once located near Wyckoff Ave. was closed in 1897 to make way for Bushwick High School. Over 20,000 burials were reinterred at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Flushing in the 'Union' section. It is said that very few headstones remain and that all records have been lost. Originally owned jointly by the Grand Street and Attorney Street Methodist Churches.
Article in Bklyn Standard Union 6 November 1906 WANT OLD BURIAL GROUND FOR PARK Demanding more public parks for Brooklyn, a host of Brooklynites stormed the Board of Estimate meeting in the City Hall, to-day. Most of those present were there to advocate the laying out of a public park bounded by Knickerbocker avenue, Putnam avenue, Palmetto street and a new street to form the southwesterly boundary of said park; in other words, on the old Union Cemetery site. Jared J. CHAMBERS, president of the Twenty-eighth Ward Taxpayers' Protective Association, headed the delegation, which represented thirteen Brooklyn civic bodies. Mr. CHAMBERS did all the speaking, because when he got through the Mayor said Mr. CHAMBERS had fully enlightened the Board, Mr. COLER adding that there was apparently no opposition. Mr. CHAMBERS said in part: "We are here to advocate a public playground for the Bushwick and Ridgewood section, on the old Union Cemetery site, in the Twenty-eighth Ward. Our ward is composed mostly of tenement houses, and many of the parents who occupy them can ill afford to send their children to the country in the summer, and the time after school hours and before dark will not permit the child (even if their parents would allow them) to visit the playgrounds and large parks in other parts of our borough." "In 1896, notwithstanding our ward, the Twenty-eighth, was the largest in the old City of Brooklyn, the authorities purchased a small plot of ground, three and one-half acres, for a park. This park, Irving Square, is one of the smallest in the borough, and the children have no room in it to play. In 1897, the first year of the consolidation, the Union Cemetery, right in the heart of a congested district of the ward, was sold, and the bodies were removed to Cedar Grove Cemetery. The ground was left in a terrible condition, and it is worse to-day than ever. This large plot is surrounded by large tenements, some of them containing eight familes." "In view of the fact that this congested section, known as the Bushwick-Ridgewood district, has no park or playground, and that this site presented an ideal place for a playground, where the children could play, exercise and having a breathing place, and as this was unimproved property, we started a movement to secure a public playground on that site. According to the census of 1900 the ward numbered 77,913, and so rapid has been the growth that to-day we have a population over 100,000, and still increasing. A large part of the Twenty-seventh ward and a portion of the Borough of Queens which borders on the Twenty-eighth ward would be benefited by this playground, as it would be very close to them." In the book, "The graveyard shift," Carolee Inskeep states that about 30,000 people were buried in Union Cemetery (Methodist Protestant) between 1851 and its closure in 1893. Bodies were moved to Cedar Grove Cemetery, along with records, after it was sold for development. Write to: Cedar Grove Cemetery 13416 Horace Harding Expressway Flushing, NY 11367-1099 718-939-2041
122 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10306, (718) 351-0230
(Jewish) McDonald Avenue and Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11230,
Founded 1867 County: Kings/Brooklyn
5400 Bay Parkway at MacDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Records can be retrieved alphabetically by deceased's last name, chronologically by date of burial, and by burial society.
They have excellent maps of each burial society plot area.
(Jewish) McDonald Avenue and Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11230, Washington (Brooklyn) Founded 1867 County: Kings/Brooklyn 5400 Bay Parkway at MacDonald Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230 718-377-8690
Records can be retrieved alphabetically by deceased's last name, chronologically by date of burial, and by burial society. They have excellent maps of each burial society plot area.
(Jewish) P.O. Box 340, Farmingdale, NY 11735, (718) 947-5425
400 Saw Mill River Road, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706, (914) 478-1767
233rd Street and Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10470, (212) 652-2100
Bay Pkwy & McDonald Ave., Brooklyn "Most of all the plots are held by Societies, Lodges, & congregations". Carolee Inskeep, The Graveyard Shift
From www.infoplease.com: Maimonides [Pronunciation: [mImon´idEz] or Moishe (Moses) ben Maimon [Pronunciation: [mI´mun] ] 1135–1204, Jewish scholar, physician, and philosopher, the most influential Jewish thinker of the Middle Ages, b. Córdoba, Spain, d. Cairo. He is sometimes called Rambam, from the initials of the words Rabbi Moses ben Maimon. His organization and systemization of the corpus of Jewish oral law, is called the Mishneh Torah [the Torah Reviewed] and is still used as a standard compilation of halakah. He also produced a number of discourses on legal topics; a work on logic; a treatise on the calendar; and several medical books, including an important work on hygiene. His great philosophical work is the Moreh Nevukhim (tr., Guide for the Perplexed, 1963), written in Arabic, in which he explained the esoteric ideas in the Bible, formulated a proof of the existence of God, expounded the principles of creation, and elucidated baffling metaphysical and religious problems. The Moreh Nevukhim, which reflects Maimonides's great knowledge of Aristotelian philosophy, dominated Jewish thought and exerted a profound influence upon Christian thinkers. The Oath of Maimonides The eternal providence has appointed me to watch over the life and health of Thy creatures. May the love for my art actuate me at all time; may neither avarice nor miserliness, nor thirst for glory or for a great reputation engage my mind; for the enemies of truth and philanthropy could easily deceive me and make me forgetful of my lofty aim of doing good to Thy children. May I never see in the patient anything but a fellow creature in pain. Grant me the strength, time and opportunity always to correct what I have acquired, always to extend its domain; for knowledge is immense and the spirit of man can extend indefinitely to enrich itself daily with new requirements. Today he can discover his errors of yesterday and tomorrow he can obtain a new light on what he thinks himself sure of today. Oh, God, Thou has appointed me to watch over the life and death of Thy creatures; here am I ready for my vocation and now I turn unto my calling. Walter Greenspan
Wonderful book out by Carolee Inskeep: The Graveyard Shift. Available thru Ancestry.com. You can use the link below if you want to take a look.
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