Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Genealogy Gift

My genealogy and family history is really an important part of my life. I take great pride and derive great pleasure from my family history. One of the the things that I love the most is seeing or touching things that were part of my ancestors life. Buildings they worked in or lived in. Furniture they sat on or books the read. It makes them come alive for me and seem like real people. Not just names in a book. Well just this weekend I was fortunate to be given a very special gift. I went to visit my uncle Mac and he presented me with a direct link to my Great Great Grandfather Samuel Sandercock. His moustache cup. Samuel had a big moustache his entire adult life. And i guess it would get a little wet when he had his tea. So as was common at the time he had a moustache cup. Its not a valuable thing. At an antique store it would probably only fetch $50 or so but to me it is priceless.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Featured Coffin Plate: Robert Andrews

Today's featured coffin plate is for Robert Andrews 1786~1870

I wish I knew more about Robert but it's a rather common name! I also have the coffin plate for Lucy Andrews 1790 ~ 1869 and think it quite possible that they were husband and wife.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Ancestor Death Record Finder

Can't find your ancestor in death records?

Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? The free ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.

What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.

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Friday, August 06, 2010

Funeral homes subsidizing services for the poor

We can't afford to bury the poor, undertakers say

Local funeral homes say they can no longer afford to spend millions a year subsidizing dignified farewells for the poorest Torontonians.

Under Ontario’s Funeral, Burial and Cremations Act, municipalities have the discretion to pay for services for people who received Ontario Works benefits or were on the Ontario Disability Support Program. Most get pickup, embalming, a particleboard casket covered by grey cloth with white rayon interior, a service, clergy honorarium, a hearse, “lead car” and limo for family, and burial or cremation.

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Monday, August 02, 2010


Twenty bronze vases from grave sites were found when police stopped a vehicle in Montgomery County. At least 13 were found to be stolen from Conroe Memorial Park. Read the rest of this article at http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com/?p=9158