Re: Cemetery Photos: Mt. Sharon Cemetery, Springfield, PA #photographs

Eric Ellman


Thank you to those of you who suggested that I go to findagrave for cemetery photos.  Allow me to share my experience to help others.  I had some great success.

First, I contacted the cemetery by a snail mail letter, listing the names of the people for whom I sought plot locations.  I included as much information as  I had available, names, DOBs, and DODs, and I did not always have all of that.  I sent the letter with a self-addressed-stamped-envelope (SASE) (remember those?).  Sending a letter, with a return, stamped envelope allows the office to process the request fully on their time, rather than a phone call which might interrupt their day.  Second, with the plot locations, I went to findagrave to see that the database had about 1/3 of the people I needed and 10% of the photos I needed.  For those people who were not in the database, I put them in online; very easy.  Third, where the photos did not exist (about 90%), I put in a request via the database and, wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, I received photos in a day!    It was an auspicious first start.  

To quotes come to mind.  First, Blanche DuBois said, "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."  You know who you are; thank you. Second, kol Yisrael arevim zeh b'zeh, all of Israel are responsible for one another.  Help comes in many forms, from many people, and not always from Members of the Tribe.  Thanks, all.

Eric J. Ellman

N. Bethesda, MD



Searching: COHEN (London), COIRA, (Minkovsty, Ukr.), ELLMAN (Minkovsty, Ukraine), FAGIN (Dvinsk, Latvia), GREENBERG (Rzeszów, Galicia), GRUDMAN/GRUBMAN (Kedainiai, Lit./Riga, Lat.), KOTZEN (Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), KREIGER (Riga, Lat./Kedainiai, Lith.), LUFFER, ((Riga, Lat./Birzhay, Lit.), MAIDMAN (Minkovsty, Ukr),ROSENBERG (Lomza/Nowogrod, Poland), STORCH/STOCK (Rzeszów, Galacia), STERN (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), SZRENZIL (Narajow/Narayiv, Galicia), WYSZYNSKI (Mlawa, Poland)

Join to automatically receive all group messages.