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Have you ever tried to find an old grave in a cemetery?

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Jul-20-14 9:01 PM

Having trouble answering a legitimate question I see paulie. No wonder your column was so heavily edited,just can't tell and stick to the truth can you? Nite nite paulie.

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Jul-20-14 7:13 PM

Don't you have a Gun Show or a Military Music fest to advertise Joey? Why do you always pretend to be so stupid. Or are you really that stupid? Try to lay off the Military Mind Altering substances to at least NOON, it might help.

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Jul-20-14 7:02 PM

Paulie what does a poll question have to do with agreeing and advocating for what the Observer prints? I'll hold my breath oh wise one!

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Jul-20-14 6:23 PM

Jaycee DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES USE BLEACH ON OLDER TOMBSTONES!! The next day it will look great but down the road you will regret using that solution!

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Jul-20-14 11:11 AM

A) It was NOT inaccurate, and B)I was responding to YOUR post, so I guess it was relevant to this series of posts. And C), if you call that a RANT I need to get you a dictionary. :)

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Jul-20-14 10:16 AM

joew, the best cleanser for the marble and granite headstones is a 50-50 solution of water and bleach. Spray it liberally (soak) onto the stone in the morning of a bright sunny day and let it sit overnight, come back the next day and soak it with just water and wipe with a rag. The sun works in unison with the bleach. Works great!!

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Jul-20-14 10:03 AM

What does your latest inaccurate rant have to do with a poll question paulie?

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Jul-20-14 8:10 AM

Yes, lighten up folks! Joey is doing his job advocating for anything and everything in print in the Observer!! (Well, other than things he disagrees with written by people not employed by the Observer)

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Jul-20-14 7:51 AM

Yes joew, I've made good use of that site. Of course it's just one "tool" in the ancestor research box. I've found that once you locate where somebody was living, you can then explore local newspaper & governmental records to flesh out the person's life. Sometimes it's amazing as to the volume and detail of information about someone that's been retained. Of course often there's nothing to be found. We just recently discovered that my wife's 6x great grandfather was with Washington at Trenton; details of his service confirmed through government records and subsequent civilian based chronicles in the years after the war.

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Jul-19-14 5:32 PM

kcw it's so interesting to do the ancestor dot com thing,have you tried that?

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Jul-19-14 9:27 AM

there's lots of them, no trouble finding them at all.

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Jul-19-14 8:20 AM

After doing some research I found out where my forth great grand parents where buried just outside of Geneva NY. They were among the very 1st people to homestead when the area between Seneca Lake and the Genesee River was initially opened in the late 1700's. He was a veteran of the revolution. In touring the cemetery we too noted the evidence of apparent epidemics involving young children. Of course very large families were common during that era. In one case a single stone noted the passing of about 10 children, aged from just several months to early teens, within only about a four week period! I would imagine that something like typhoid was the cause.

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Jul-18-14 5:57 PM

The pure ignorance of the "NOW" Dunkirk is in the answers provided by 4 of the respondents. And not the one's who have gone graveyard hunting as I, and a couple of family members, did in Ireland.

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Jul-18-14 4:43 PM

no, but i have seen necro's digging up bodies.

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Jul-18-14 1:34 PM

Phil you're absolutely right. My wife and I found(after much research)her Great Grandparents markers near Cooperstown. We are heading up that way soon to clean,straighten,and spruce up the headstones. Something that I learned is to make sure you use a non-ionic cleanser on the older gravestones and never but never use a wire brush! We at times as well help out at the older VA cemeteries cleaning and straightening up,time well spent!

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Jul-18-14 8:40 AM

Yes - on a recent trip to Onano Italy to visit relatives, we made sure to find time to visit the Onano cemetary. The village of Onano (near Rome) only has about 1,000 residents but the cemetary was huge reflecting the centuries old history of the village. We were suprised to find that most of the graves were in mausoleum type concrete structures, beautifully decorated with a variety of flowers. Of course there was also in ground buriels. We were told that after a number of years the in ground buriels were removed and placed into a common buriel under ground vault. We were fortunate to find the tombs of several of our relatives including photos. For someone studying geneology a cemetary is a good place to start.

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Jul-18-14 8:12 AM

Dumb, dumb, dumb question. Guess who loves it????

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Jul-18-14 7:44 AM

The question is tied into the Local History article and is part of tracing ancestry as well. Lighten up folks.

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Jul-18-14 7:43 AM

My mother and I were able to find one of our ancestor's grave in a cemetery in Cape Ann Massachusetts dating back to the 1700s. We have a family book that described this ancestor and her courage to save a wounded soldier during the war. Amazing we found the grave. Love this old history. Just walking around grave sites, like the ones in Fredonia, is so interesting. Sometimes it makes you sad when you see the graves of small children and babies who died more frequently in years past from diseases we now prevent. Other times it gives much hope as you read the markers of men and women who lived long lives.

I love the memorial in Memorial Park honoring every person who served in WWI from Dunkirk. What a tribute to those men who served our country. I was able to see my husband's grandfather who served in that war.

Went to the grave of the madam of voodoo in New Orleans. People still leave notes, pictures and little tokens all around that grave which of course is above ground

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Jul-18-14 6:57 AM

Why? Who on the staff is responsible for these questions? Does the Observer have a contest as to can come up with the dumbest question and receive a prize if he/she wins. Wake D' Augustino.

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Jul-18-14 5:11 AM

why even ask ?'s like this.

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