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Burial Societies: Next Steps to Take? #general


Alex Magocsi
 

Back at the end of August '06, links to various NY area cemeteries were posted,
I believe, by Steve Lasky. I was able to locate the burial data of 2 related
persons, Alex Greif and his wife Hannah, who were important to my Grandmother,
Hani Grosz, when she immigrated into the USA >from Nyirbator. Thank you to Steve
for his posting.

The burial site of this family is Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth, NY: the Burial
Society is / was Fidelis.

My questions are:
1.) Does this Burial Society still exist? Searching the Internet did not
produce any viable information. If it exists, can someone point me in the right
direction.
2.) If it does not exist, where might their records now be found?
3.) Might the cemetery administration have more burial related / family related
data than what is available via their database search engine? The first related
burial was in 1937, the last was 1987.

I am looking for hints as to what steps I can take to follow up on the found
data. I am pretty good at digging but occasionally need someone to point me in
a potentially useful direction.
My goal is to find some living person who might have more family history data.

Thank you
Alex Magocsi
York, Maine USA


Peregrine Maitland <273589roots@...>
 

The New York State Department of State Division of Corporations has an
online database that allows searching for active and inactive corporations,
including landmanshaftn that were incorporated in NY.

The link to the database is at:

http://appsext5.dos.state.ny.us/corp_public/CORPSEARCH.ENTITY_SEARCH_ENTRY

In this case the name of the society was:

Selected Entity Name: FIDELIS FRATERNAL LODGE, INC.

Selected Entity Status Information Current Entity Name: FIDELIS FRATERNAL
LODGE, INC.
Initial DOS Filing Date: AUGUST 06, 1881
County: NEW YORK
Jurisdiction: NEW YORK
Entity Type: DOMESTIC NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION
Current Entity Status: ACTIVE

Peregrine Maitland
273589roots@...
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from the return address given.
4. Assuming that this group is or was a non-profit corporation in the
State of New York, call the New York State Department of State to see if
they have any current information (unlikely, but worth a try), or
information about a merger with another group or a name change.

Regards,

Ira
Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.


Ira Leviton
 

Dear Cousins,

Alex Magocsi sought information about the Fidelis Society, which had a
plot a Mount Zion Cemetery in Maspeth (Queens), N.Y., and asked whether
the burial society exited, where their records might be found, and whether
the cemetery might have more information than that available on-line?
Their first burial was in 1937, the last was 1987.

Here are some things to do to obtain more information for any "burial
society"

1. Call the cemetery. They keep a last known contact number, usually the
group's president, cemetery committee chairman, or equivalent, for every
society. They usually don't know whether or not the group still exists,
but they always have somebody's name on record, whether it's somebody who
died 50 years ago, or a contact person who had nothing to do with a
disbanded group but received a small amount of money to arrange for
burials that were reserved while the group was still in existence.

2. Get the exact name of the group >from the cemetery. Then look on line
via www.jewishgen.org/Cemetery/ to see if there are other cemeteries (in
this case in the New York City area, which includes Queens, Brooklyn,
Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, and New Jersey) in which the
group may own another plot. The plot at Maspeth may have been filled, or
the fallen into disrepair, or simply fallen out of favor with the
membership for a newer cemetery, which may still be active, or at least
have more recent information.

3. Especially if this burial society was a landsmanshaft, call YIVO or
search their information at home.att.net/~landsmanshaft/yivo.htm
(unfortunately, in this case, Fidelis is not listed).

4. Assuming that this group is or was a non-profit corporation in the
State of New York, call the New York State Department of State to see if
they have any current information (unlikely, but worth a try), or
information about a merger with another group or a name change.

Regards,

Ira
Ira Leviton
New York, N.Y.