Waking with the Dead

Coffee in hand, I head to my desk and start typing. Last name. First name. Date of birth. Date of death. Cemetery section. Photo number. Rinse and repeat. A second cup of coffee. More names. More dates. Lives begun. Lives ended. People buried alone. Families reunited for all eternity. Infants and centenarians laid to rest side…

Give of Your Local Cemetery

Graveyards of Chicago; the People, History, Art, and Lore of Cook County Cemeteries is a wonderful resource for genealogists, local historians, and lovers of the arts and social sciences. I carried the first edition with me in April during my Thousand Mile Journey, referring to it before and after every cemetery visit. As soon as I returned home, I…

Who Was Miriam?

She lived just seventeen years. Miriam was laid to rest in the Mauston [Wisconsin] Cemetery. The monument marking her grave bears the sentiment of someone who must have loved her very much. Yet with no surname on her headstone, Miriam’s story feels incomplete. A guess has been made. But we should know, shouldn’t we? Who…

Elk Grove Cemetery

Husband and I had just realized we missed a turn on the way back to our hotel when we saw Elk Grove Cemetery. This little cemetery appears to have been randomly dropped near a busy intersection of multi-lane roads and an expressway off-ramp. So imagine our surprise when we read about the Revolutionary War veterans buried…

Mount Olive Cemetery

I received Marilyn Yalom‘s The American Resting Place as a gift some months ago. If you haven’t yet read this book, I encourage you to do so. Genealogists and historians alike will find many items of interest among the 320 pages of text. Pages 184 and 185 in particular piqued my interest while preparing for our…