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


Eric Ellman
 

Friends,

If anyone is going to Mt. Sharon Cemetery in Springfield, PA, I would be grateful for photographs of the headstones of 15 long-deceased family members, 11 of whom are in Sec. J, two of whom are in Sec. K, and two of whom are in Sec. Q.  I have all the names, sections, lot numbers, and grave numbers for someone who can help.  Thank you.

Eric J. Ellman
N. Bethesda, MD
USA

 

 

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)


Fred Kolbrener
 

Mount Sharon Cemetery is 68% photographed already per its entry in Findagrave.com (https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/45540/mount-sharon-cemetery/photo).  Chances are that some of your relatives' burials have already been photographed.  If not, you can join the site (it's free) and update or enter data on their burials and then request a photo be taken by one of the 696 volunteers who live within 10 miles of the cemetery.  That is often the fastest way to get a photo of a burial - to request a photo, you must be a FAG member. 

Fred Kolbrener
Woodbridge, VA

Researching: KOLBRENER (LezaJsk); SCHWARTZ (Glogow Malapolski); ZINDEBAND (Minsk); LIFSHITZ (St Petersburg); JABELOW (Minsk); BOHRER (Lezajsk)


Kenneth Ryesky
 

Problem with Mt. Sharon is that the office is frequently unstaffed (at least it was on the occasions (plural) I tried to get photos about 6 years ago).

Problem with the Find-a-Grave website is that once a photo request is submitted, only two things can happen:  (1) Request gets fulfilled; or (2) Request does not get fulfilled.  If #1, then all is well (assuming that the photo is clear and the photographer knew what he/she was doing).  If #2, then no new requests are accepted, and only the requester can cancel the request.  So if there is a previous request for that particular grave, then you cannot nudge anyone to pick up on a stale request.

-- KHR
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Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

Researching:
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)


Steve Hamburg
 

I definitely second Fred Kolbrener's suggestion to check out the Findagrave.com entries for Mount Sharon. I also highly-recommend becoming a member, as you may discover a number of family memorials that are already there but require someone more engaged (like a family member or friend) to step in and manage them. Yes, the site has its drawbacks, as Ken Ryesky pointed out, but I have generally found it to be an incredibly valuable resource. Thanks to FAG I was able to discover the graves of great-grandparents (and in my great-grandmother's case, her English first name and actual date of death) when family interviews and other research had come up with bupkis (e.g., the Death Certificate for my great-grandfather said he was buried at Mount Lebanon Cemetery, but there were no records of him at the cemetery's office). 

Even more germane in your case, I was able to connect with a major contributor (over 100K photos!) on FAG who lives in Delaware County and can almost certainly assist you. Please contact me directly and I'll give you her contact information, as I'm hesitant to share it in this forum. But users of FAG who frequently search in Delaware County cemeteries will no doubt already be familiar with her!

 

Steve Hamburg
Chicago, IL 


Kenneth Ryesky
 

Mt. Lebanon and Mt. Sharon are frequently conflated with one another, being just a 3.5 km walk or drive apart.

As for Mt. Lebanon, it is adjacent to, has interconnecting roads with, and is maintained by the same crew as Har Zion Cemetery (though they have separate offices), so naturally, confusions between the two are not unknown.

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Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

Researching:
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)


MARLISE GROSS
 

Just to clarify what Kenneth said for people interested in Har Zion (I know, I am verging off of the original topic of this post, but since this lives in online history...), Mt. Lebanon does not have any information on the people buried at Har Zion.  When I saw Kenneth's response to this post, I got excited and thought they might be able to help me find someone at Har Zion, but alas, they are completely separate from Mt. Lebanon.  Har Zion is one of those cemeteries where the owner has practically deserted the property and getting grave locations is futile.

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ


Renee Steinig
 

Unfortunately, the "% photographed" shown on FindaGrave is not the
percentage of a cemetery's total graves. It's the percentage of FAG
memorials for graves at that cemetery that include photos.

Suggestion for better results on FindaGrave: Whenever possible, call
the cemetery yourself to get exact grave location and add that to the
FAG record. FAG volunteers are more likely to photograph graves when
this information is provided.

Renee

Renee Stern Steinig
Dix Hills NY
genmaven@...

Fred Kolbrener <fkolbrener@...> wrote:

<<Mount Sharon Cemetery is 68% photographed already per its entry in
Findagrave.com (https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/45540/mount-sharon-cemetery/photo).
Chances are that some of your relatives' burials have already been
photographed....>>


Kenneth Ryesky
 

Marlise,

Thanks for further clarifying my posting.

Actually, Har Zion's "office" is a caravan-type trailer which, since the last time I was there about 6 years ago, seems to be staffed on only a sporadic basis.

Having determined my Uncle Jack's grave location in Har Zion from his Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs burial record, I decided to visit him while visiting other relatives in Mt. Lebanon.  The trailer "office" door was open, but nobody was in there, so I walked in and found a map of the various cemetery sections, and thus located his (and his wife's) gravestones.  Had I not known Uncle Jack's section, lot, and grave numbers I could have directly accessed the cardfile in the office.

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/180411851/jack-paul-silberman

--
Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@... 

Researching:
RAISKY/REISKY, ARONOV, SHKOLNIK(OV), AEROV; Gomel, Belarus
GERTZIG, BRODSKY; Yelizavetgrad, Ukraine
BRODSKY, VASILESKY; Odessa, Ukraine
IZRAELSON, ARSHENOV; Yevpatoriya, Ukraine (Crimea)