Andrew R. Pulsifer, native of Rochester, NY stumbled across FindAGrave.Com while doing research on Susan B. Anthony, a noteworthy former resident of his town.
"I noticed how many unphotographed gravesites there were at Mt. Hope Cemetery, and being an amateur photographer, decided to get to work."
So he and his faithful companion Kokie Warner (see Frederick Douglass' gravesite), went all over the upstate New York area photographing gravesites. Needless to say, his family and friends did not (and still do not) understand the particular attraction of this hobby.
"It's like a scavenger hunt" says Andrew, "and there's nothing better than finding a long lost gravesite of a former celebrity!"
"They probably appreciate it too, I imagine" he continues. "It's fun to hunt down and dig up these formerly famous folks!"
Here are some of his noteworthy FindAGrave experiences:
"It can be real scary, like when this spooky 100+ year old man kept following us around while we were looking for Charles Webster's hidden grave in Albany (NY) Rural Cemetery."
"It can be very rewarding, when after searching for 2 hours in Interlaken, NY, a kind old couple led us to the modest grave of Rod Serling."
"It can be somewhat unrewarding, as when Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY sent me a scolding letter informing me that Myles Keough died at Custer's last stand in 1876, not 1878!"
"It can be frustrating, especially when someone beats you to a grave, as someone did with me and President Millard Fillmore at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo (I really wanted to "bag" a president - oh well...)"
"And finally, it can be surprising, as all of a sudden in the last few weeks I'm getting barraged with email asking me who John Meads in Albany Rural Cemetery was (I really don't know, a cabinetmaker?)."
"My suggestion to all potential contributors is to write a letter to the cemetery a few weeks before going, asking for the exact grave locations. And remember, these are not always very accurate..."
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