A. E. Jordan
I am going to be heading back to Mt Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, Queens, New York and
am willing to take photos for people.
I am happy to look for graves and take photos provided you can ID the appropriate
person. Mount Zion has a database where you can start with your research but be
aware while the year is always correct, their database defaults to the first day of
the month when a date is not specified or the first day of the year when a month is
not specified. So if they did not have complete data when they were entering the
person into the database you might see the date as the first or it as January 1
when your research says a different date >from the death certificate or such.
Also a lot of times the date differs >from the death certificate because the
database mostly has date of burial not date of death.
I am pretty good at finding my way around in Mount Zion but some spots can allude
even the best searcher. But still I try. Infants, babies and children are the most
difficult because a lot of times they did not have as significant stones and they
do not survive the years. Some areas of Zion also unfortunately do not have maps.
Please be specific in your requests because I can not help you if you write with a
common name and say can you find for example Harry Cohen .... you can guess how
many there are in this cemetery. Mount Zion Cemetery has more than 210,000 burials
on its 78 acres.
If you know it is a child's grave please identify it as such when you contact me.
I do appreciate but do not demand a few dollars in return to help off set the cost
of doing these search for everyone and to make it possible for me to continue to
offer this as a service to the community. As you can understand the costs of these
repeated searches add up on me.
I am also happy to offer advice online if you email me. As I said I have been
through Mount Zion enough to know what's possible and also some tricks on how to
locate people in the database.