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Joy Bugos (#47060571)
 member for 6 years, 5 months, 16 days
Philip Hayes
RE: westchester almshouse
Many of the people who died in the Almshouse were buried at Potters Field. New York State is tough when trying to obtain a death certificate. It wasn't until 1881 that vital records were required to be filed. And between 1881 and 1900, records were spotty at best. Do you know when your relative died? But there are Almshouse records at the Westchester Archives. You can see some samples of what I collected at my family blog:

You would start with the index and then request the appropriate microfilm.

Here is a link to a story I wrote about the unfortunate circumstances of the early Potters Field.

New York State has a birth, death and marriage index (1881-????) that is ONLY AVAILABLE in certain locations. I have found a library up in Syracuse that is willing to do look-ups for free. They are one of the few that have it. Armed with info from the index, you can order the certificate from New York State for $22. If you can't drop it off in person, it does take a while to get it. I have been waiting for about two months for some certs I requested. I have heard that if you can find someone to drop it off for you, the turn around is much quicker.

FYI.. The NARA office in New York city has the index on Microfilm.

For more info, check out....

I have found many matches where the first name is blank or not known. So if you request a search, be sure to specify that you want to include the various name variations. Below is the Library I use when I can't get to NYC.

========From the blog above==============
Holly said that they will be happy to chat with patrons by telephone, through email or will even take requests by U.S. Mail. You should check out their excellent website also which gives additional information about their collections and services.

Holly Sammons, Librarian
Onondaga County Public Library
Local History/Genealogy
447 So Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

OCPL website:

OCPL email address:

Added by Philip Hayes on Jun 24, 2011 9:56 AM

Joyce Mize Worsham
RE: Genealogy
Not directly related to Hare family, from Baswell/Cooley/Hare. I will be at Hopewell Cemetery tomorrow for a Civil War dedication ceremony for my 2nd great-grandfather, Hilliard Dillard Bridges. If you are in the area, please come, time @ 10 am.

Added by Joyce Mize Worsham on Jun 10, 2011 6:26 AM

Debbie (Turner) Stanley Hall
pleasant gap cem
Thank you, yes I have relative who was there in Nov 2009. and his info came from his mother.

Added by Debbie (Turner) Stanley ... on Jan 11, 2011 11:54 AM

Debbie (Turner) Stanley Hall
pleasant gap cem
Joy, I have a question, I just found out I have relatives in this cemetery, but without headstones, How do I get cemetery listing of persons in this cemtery so I can list them in this cem. debbie

Added by Debbie (Turner) Stanley ... on Jan 10, 2011 2:22 PM

David & Gail Ray
East View Cemetery


Thank You for your generosity, all your time and help. (You go above and beyond)

Have a great day

David & Gail

Added by David & Gail Ray on Sep 20, 2010 6:19 PM

Robert Fowler
RE: Ella Swindall Wright, Hopewell Cemetery, St Clair County, Alabama
Thanks for letting me know. I'm not sure if you are around St Clair County, Alabama or not but if you are there were some Fowlers there that moved to Texas in the early 1900's from St Clair County. One of their sons won the Medal of Honor in WW II and is in a cemetery in Wichita County, Texas. A building a Texas A&M University is named in his honor.

Added by Robert Fowler on Sep 20, 2010 5:28 PM

Floral Designer
whalen St Joe's on all their memorials also

Added by Floral Designer on Jun 21, 2010 12:23 PM

Robert Fowler
Ella Swindall Wright, Hopewell Cemetery, St Clair County, Alabama
Mrs Bugos, do you happen to have any further background information on Mrs Wright?


Added by Robert Fowler on Mar 03, 2010 5:34 PM

David & Gail Ray
East View Cemetery


Buddy "Shority" & Evelyn G. Colston Thacker, would you please transfer them to us? (#46920414)


David & Gail

Added by David & Gail Ray on Feb 06, 2010 8:32 AM

Thank You !
I wanted to thank you for the photos of the memorials for both James & Sarah Cotten. I've never received such an immediate and welcome response! The stones are very old and worn and it is difficult to make out all of the inscriptions, but the names and dates are clear enough, which is great. Thank you for you efforts, they are appreciated!


Added by Anne on Jan 10, 2010 8:05 AM

Re: Smiths
Thanks, Joy!

Added by J on Dec 16, 2009 11:33 AM

David & Gail Ray
Sunset Hills Memorial Gardens


Thank You

David & Gail

Added by David & Gail Ray on Dec 16, 2009 10:22 AM

David & Gail Ray
Liberty Hill Cemetery


Thank You so much for the great photo for Kenneth Shelton and your time.

Have a great day,

David & Gail

Added by David & Gail Ray on Dec 12, 2009 3:30 PM


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