I apologize ahead of time, this is going to be an exceptionally long post...though I may decide to split it into three (like The Hobbit...) Enjoy!
One of my favorite activities is working on family genealogy and helping others do the same. This entails a fair amount of time spent in cemeteries looking and and taking photos of headstones. Back in May I went to visit Rochester to see my mom and go walking through the two big Jewish cemeteries there (Britton Road and Stone Road) as well as take short visits to non-Jewish cemeteries where I also have family buried (Mount Hope, Riverside and White Haven). I did not glean too much new information from there as my mother's records and recollections are fairly complete, but I was able to take photos of many of my relatives' graves - many that I had never seen before.
Sophie Kremer was my great-great-grandmother and is buried in Stone Road Cemetery. Morris Raskind was my great-grandfather and is buried in Britton Road Cemetery. I'm actually named for him.
My first stop was one of the most emotional. My father was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. More specifically in the apartment pictured below.
My next stop was Washington Cemetery, which is also in Brooklyn. It's a very old cemetery, and I only have a handful of family members buried there. Most importantly are my great-grandmother Fanny Bellin (my grandma Sadie's mother) and her oldest daughter, Katie. A funny story goes along with Katie Bellin. My parents went searching for her grave many years ago and couldn't find it...because her headstone says "Tillie Bellin" on it. I know it's her because it has her exact birth and death dates and the correct Hebrew name. I was delighted when I found the grave. As Jews we put rocks on headstones when we visit them, and most of the graves I visited on this trip probably hadn't had stones in years, if not decades. Who knows who was the last person to visit Katie Bellin...
To be continued...
Did We Create Digital Addiction?
14 hours ago