Voices in the Cemetery

Jim, a fellow Find A Grave contributor and blogger jokingly suggested conducting a séance after reading my post about the elusive Lily Flower. Our conversation continued by sharing experiences with the departed during our frequent cemetery visits. Jim mentioned a cousin who had been spoken to by cemetery inhabitants who asked “Who are you?”, “Why…

From and To

As a genealogist in America, much of my research is focused on my ancestors’ countries of origin. From whence did they come? Researchers on the other side of the pond are also curious about the “to”. My husband has been helping a Norwegian genealogist learn more about his emmigrant ancestors’ lives in America. For my small part, I located their final resting places.…

Monuments Carved and Uncarved

Monuments do more than just mark spaces in cemeteries. In Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Olaf, Christine and Effie Olsson rest near a large family monument with several meanings. The style itself – a stone that is half carved and half uncarved – symbolizes the transition from life to death. Closer inspection reveals a complete pillar with leaves and…

Cemeteries are Coming Back to Life

Winter dragged on forever here in the Midwest. I hadn’t been to Lakewood since January when the cemetery looked like this: For months I suffered headstone withdrawal, especially after Mother Nature’s 70 degree tease in late March. But yesterday, after a visit to the dentist, I rewarded myself with a cemetery visit. Just in time to…