Petoskey History

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Dear Friends,
Welcome! My daughter and i founded this site to honor departed classmates. But as you can see, it quickly grew to honor any who have contributed to our lives, directly or indirectly. Because of so much help from the Greenwood Cemetery web site and various knowledgable friends we can freely admit we don't do it alone. Bottom line? The Petoskey History site is committed to honoring the lives of all those who have crossed our paths one way or another. If we have not yet memorialized your loved one, let us know. We will be happy to help you do it, or include them ourselves. And If you want a mother, father, or spouse transfered directly to you please let us know.

Now for a few answers to questions you might want to ask: "May I add a memorial from a newspaper or other 3rd party source?"

Find-A-Grave does not discourage the legitimate indexing of the deceased through obituaries or other 3rd party accounts. Quote: "Newspapers represent a very good source of information as a public record. What we ask is that those who index and memorialize the deceased from newspapers and other 3rd party accounts do so with full respect of copyright.

What's a cenotaph? It's a tomb or a monument erected in honor of a person or group of persons whose remains are buried elsewhere. It can also be the initial marker for a person who has since been interred elsewhere.

To add a cenotaph, create a memorial just like any other. Only add relationship links to the actual burial memorial, when a cenotaph and an actual burial both exist.
Some who help us research memorials created on Find-A-Grave "Petoskey History" are local historians or history buffs. They are connected to the people we write about. If not directly, then through obituaries of their parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and neighbors. We do our best to honor everyone and comply with Find-A-Grave guidelines, but mistakes happen. You can help by either writting your own obituary or one for a friend or loved one. If you need help, let us know. So far we have not had to do this, but if we ever do, rest assurred it is free.

Remember this: no one is ever purposely excluded from Petoskey History. But at the same time, consider it a fortuitous event if you see a memorial we have created for your friend or family member. As one person said, "Seldom will you run across so much care given to each individual as you will on Petoskey History." Eventually, we hope to honor every family in the area. Family "link"s" within each memorial connect the younger generations to the older ones back 100 or more years. Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey has made this possible. Not just for Petoskey residents, but all of Emmet County and the adjacent counties. Even for former residents!

We will transfer memorials for good reason, but most folks would rather leave their loved ones where they can easily be found on Petoskey History (1852-2022). But even if we do not personally create a memorial for you, we will often simply add a flower and add you your loved to our latest virtual cemetery. That way, he or she can still be found. Just NOT as easily). Note: Family members are always linked whenever possible.

Find-A-Grave is to be commended for all the good work and services it provides. This wonderful organization has rules and guidelines that benefit every one .Being aware of the current guidelines goes a long way in helping everyone to understand the mechanics.

Please use the edit function to send your corrections and feedback (along with a smile and a nice word). Creating beautiful memorials for those who have gone before us, is a pleasure and a goal––a work of love, and one for which there is never a payment requested of any kind. The reward is knowing memories will be perserved and future generations will enjoy reading them and feel connected to their roots.

Note: Memorials created by Find-A-Grave Members other than Petoskey History, are also included here. They are added to Petoskey History's VIRTUAL cemeteries.

Now it's time to give credit where due! Hats off to Karl Crawford. He, as his father and grandfather before him, served as Greenwood Cemetery Superintendent. Karl's staff––all those who have created and maintain the extraordinary Greenwood Cemetery Genealogical Website. It is an AMAZING resource for Emmet County and Charlevoix County Genealogists. One of the very best in the United States of America if not the entire world.
The News-Review and Greenwood Cemetery, along with help from the Petoskey Public Library, Emmet County Historical Society, Authors/Historians Rick Wiles, Karl Crawford, Karla Howard, Richard Smith, Jerry Donnelly, and others, have worked hard to make local history easily available, through publications and old news articles at

The amount of work that's been put into the Greenwood Cemetery Web Site is extraordinary!! How in the world did they do it? Imagine having to start with piles of old Petoskey Papers and finding the news and obituaries of all those buried, not only in Greenwood, but area cemeteries for the past century. It reminds me of one of my favorite sayings: "Make no small plans for they fail to excite the imagination, but big plans build up sufficient steam to get the job done!"

I encourage you to send notes of thanks to Greenwood's Superintendent Karl Crawford and his Staff. Rick Wiles and others. What they have done is amazing. Without a doubt, we do have one of the best cemeteries in the nation (if not the very best). It is not only beautiful for the living to enjoy, it helps us who love to learn our local history. (And be sure to view Rick Wiles "White Papers" on the 2nd. floor of the Petoskey Public Library.)

P.S. You may have observed there are "Gravers" on Find-A-Grave who walk cemeteries writing down names, and taking photos. They can generate thousands of names, however, they add little information. Some call it, mowing the rows. This is NOT what we do, but nevertheless, this breed of gravers do have an important mission--one that serves a higher purpose. How? Their mission is to help as many people as possible by going for quantity rather than substance. They mostly take photos for you, and record data from county records or headstones. Some take photos, others do not. (They leave the biographical details to be filled in by others at a later date.) The service they contribute is valuable and does indeed help many to locate friends and loved ones. BUT A WORD OF CAUTION: ONCE A GRAVER HAS MADE A MEMORIAL, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR YOU, TO GET A TRANSFER, OR YOUR OWN BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ADDED. So, keep this in mind: if WE don't write about your loved ones (or YOU don't) it's likely that sooner or later someone else will, and perhaps with no biography. Here at Petoskey History, the aim is to create lovely memorials based on original newspaper obituaries or other information believed reliable.

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