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RobM (#47428152)
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To request a memorial transfer or to add additional biographical information, click on the edit tab and suggest a correction.

I am unable to get to the cemeteries when the office is open (and get plot information). Please ask for the section and plot and a photocopy of the plot scroll. This shows the number of graves, the burial orientation and surrounding stones. Very helpful if your ancestor has an unmarked grave. There should be no charge from the cemetery for this information.

If your ancestor was buried in CT prior to 1934 and is not in the Hale index, they probably don't have a stone. To get a photo, you will need the plot map/scroll referenced above.

CT Death Index 1897-1966
CT Marriage Index 1897-1965

Bridgeport BMD’s up to 1902 are online, but unindexed, at --> search United States, Connecticut, Fairfield, Bridgeport. --> Click on United States, Connecticut, Fairfield, Bridgeport - Vital records ( 5 ). --> Click on the available record sets. This will provide you a list of films. If the film is online, there will be a camera icon next to the movie reel. These are scans of the vital records books at the vital records office in Bridgeport.

A record of burials, 1856-1877, is included at the end of the record of deaths for 1870. It is unclear if “Catholic Cemeteries” refers to St Michael, St Augustine or St James. Pembroke Cemetery is now called Lakeview Cemetery.

When you call or email the cemetery to find out the plot and section of your ancestor, ask if anyone else is buried in the plot (they may need to review the plot scroll so ask for a photocopy). Some family plots include unmarked burials. For example a family bought a 6 person plot and marked the plot with a family stone. There are 4 names on the stone. Are there 2 empty graves or is someone buried there?

There are Bridgeport, Norwich, & New Haven papers online at the library of congress site.

Some Fairfield/Southport & Wilton newspapers are available at

The Bridgeport City Directories (on ancestry and contains more towns than just Bridgeport) includes death dates (if the person died the year before) in the 1920's through 40's. Not all years are indexed and not all deaths are included, but is a way to identify deaths until the Connecticut death index starts in 1949.

CT Residents can access the Hale Index by going to this link You will need a CT library card.

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J. Fenn- Lawson
RE: James Bradley/Mountain Grove cemetery
Thanks again. I had several ancestors who served with the 2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery out of respect for the veterans I'm trying to group them in a virtual cemetery. I'll add the Arlington cemetery memorial for James Bradley
Added by J. Fenn- Lawson on Nov 16, 2016 3:42 PM
J. Fenn- Lawson
James Bradley/Mountain Grove cemetery
Rob- Thanks for the great picture of the centoph l didn't think James was actually buried there but thanks to you I now have the other veterans names. I'll check and see if the others are on Find-A-Grave if they are not I'll submit photo requests so you get credit for them. JIM LAWSON
Added by J. Fenn- Lawson on Nov 16, 2016 3:10 PM
Hi Rob, I have 2 more transfers from the Williams family, If I can have them please. #97283498 & her husband # 97283537.Thanks for the other transfer!!
Added by I.C on Nov 11, 2016 1:59 PM
Hi Rob, I was hoping you could transfer my great grandfathers memorial over to me so I can fill in the rest of the memorial. Many thanks!
Added by I.C on Nov 07, 2016 11:36 AM
Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin
Alfred Crump #160227275
I found another article that appears to be connected to one of your memorials. It is the wedding announcement of Alfred Crump and Helen M. Coggswell. It appears in the Bridgeport Evening Farmer on 10/20/1916.

I thought you might find it interesting.
Added by Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin on Oct 20, 2016 6:12 AM
Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin
William Williams #160624224
I enjoy reading old newspapers (Library of Congress website) and trying to match the stories and articles to the memorials here on F-A-G. I discovered a very complimentary memorial to William Williams in the Bridgeport Evening Farmer on 10/19/1916. I can't be sure it's the same William Williams but the article says he was from Bridgeport and the date of the death seems to be consistent to the marker and the article. I just thought you might like to see it. The anonymous writer thought very highly of Mr. Williams and I would like to think this is him.

I thought you might like to read it.
Added by Rebecca Sheehan-Plotkin on Oct 19, 2016 2:54 PM
Jeff Hall
Thank you
Hello Rob, thank you for the name correction and for the excellent headstone photo added for PFC Francis W Bresler, great work.
Added by Jeff Hall on Oct 06, 2016 6:01 PM
Karyl Jorgenson
Lucy Bump Bissell
Hi Rob,

Can you remove the pic you took for me now that we know Lucy is no longer buried at Mountain Grove. Thanks again.

Added by Karyl Jorgenson on Oct 05, 2016 3:07 PM
Karyl Jorgenson
Lucy Bissell
Hi again Rob,

I called Mountain Grove Cemetery & found out Lucy's remains were moved to Central Cemetery in Brookfield CT in 1943. Thank you for suggesting I call. Is it possible for you to note that on her page so someone doesn't request it again later?
Thanks so much.

Added by Karyl Jorgenson on Oct 03, 2016 9:45 AM
Karyl Jorgenson
Stephen Osborne & Lucy Bissell
Thanks very much Rob!
Added by Karyl Jorgenson on Oct 02, 2016 6:57 PM
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