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New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 10 Jan 2007 8:34AM GMT
Classification: Query
Wanted to let everyone know,
I have the book, "The Graveyard Shift: A Family Historian's Guide to New York City Cemeteries", by Carolee Inskeep.
It gives contact info and historical info on NY City cemeteries, interment removals, years of operation, etc.
***This is info on the cemeteries, not specific burials***
If anyone needs a lookup, let me know.
Lisa

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 3 Feb 2008 3:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Gardiner
I saw your notice on the message board and would appreciate any help you may be able to give me. I am looking for the family of my G G Grandfather, Charles Henry Gardiner, b: 1810 in NY. I don't know any more than that, but I am reaching out to anyone that may be able to help me put the pieces together. He is found in Titus County, Texas in 1850. I have not been able to find out who his father and mother were or any siblings.
If your book has any listings for Gardiner's I would appreciate knowing about them.
Thanks

Mary

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 1 Mar 2008 7:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Smutnick
Hi Lisa, My G Grandfather Paul Smutnick purchased a coffin from George Peth, Dr. Furnishing Undertaker, of 123 & 125 Boerum St in the Williamsburgh section of Brooklyn on 21 Set 1889 and another coffin from Nicholas Blasius, Dr. Undertaker, of either 501 E 84 St or 523 E 12 St on 11 Jul 1903. I don't know who his father is but his mother was Mary Ziddopky. Could you give me a direction to go. I seem to be stuck.

Thanks David Smutnick

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 2 Mar 2008 9:16AM GMT
Classification: Query
I assume you are looking for whom Paul purchased those coffins? I did find Nicholas Blasius, Sr.'s obit in the NY Times. He died 28 Sep 1933; what is interesting is that his burial was being handled by his own "Nicholas Blasius Funeral Chapel" at 710 Knickbocker Ave., Brooklyn. His 4 sons were also undertakers.
Here is what I believe is a current listing:
Alexander Blasius & Son 207 Avenue A, NY, NY (212) 228-7110

One of the sons listed was Alexander...I'm sure it's not him but maybe his son? Probably the same family. I wonder if you contact them, if they would still have records back that far? You never know!

Likewise, George Peth's obit appeared in NY Times 11 Mar 1931; it only says he was an undertaker in Brooklyn for more than 40 yrs. He died at his home at 85-77 Eighty Seventh Ave., Woodhaven; in his 65th year.

I am not finding a current listing that matches Peth.
Are you looking for more info on Paul Smutnick? What more do you know abt. him?

Lisa

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 2 Mar 2008 11:08AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lisa,
Thank you for getting back to me so quickly. You are correct. I am looking for info on my Great Grandfather Paul Smutnick as well as his mother and father.The only documented info I have on Paul Smutnick is his death certificate; he died 5 Dec 1913 in Willington, Ct. There is no mention of him at the Town hall. The only info at St Edward's cemetery is his and his wife's name, Johanna Pavelka, and where they are interred. Paul (b, 13 Jan 1847) and Johanna (b. Sep 1868 d. 9 Oct 1922) are both listed being born in Austria.Paul's name is spelled incorrectly as Somutrick and Smutrick. I appreciate any further information or hints on which direction to go from here. I will call Blasius and Son on monday.

David Smutnick

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 2 Mar 2008 8:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am not sure I have any suggestions really, beyond what I gave you. For such an uncommon name, it is pretty awful to search for. It has obviously been mangled in the transcriptions. The only thing I have found that I know for sure is them is in 1910 Manhattan Census. I think I see their sons in Brooklyn in 1930...atleast the name was spelled right. Anyhow, in 1910 Johanna is listed as Jennie.

I checked Footnote.com hoping to find a petition for naturalization...but came up empty. That would be the goldmine record. I have one in Pennsylvania for a John J. Smutnik from Austria in 1897. I've got one in PA for Andro Novotni, witnessed by Emil P. Smutnik in 1928. Also, in PA, one for a Charles Kremnez, witnessed by Joseph Smutnik in 1903. Another one again for John J. Smutnik in 1903; one for Peter Duricek in 1903, witnessed by John J.; John Sadecky witnessed by John J. in 1903; Albert Lubitsky in 1905, witnessed by Josef Smutnik; George Chladek in 1903, witnessed by Joseph Smutnik; Charles Wisnovsky in 1903, witnessed by Joseph. Unfortunately, I am not getting anything biographical on John J. to indicate whether he could be related to Paul. These were all in PA.

Of interest, is an FBI investigation record that comes up on a Joseph Smutnik, interviewed by Agent Pannell at Akron, OH in 1919; an alleged Bolshevist, whatever that means. It looks like they let him walk for lack of evidence. He was a suspected member of Union of Russian Workers. In the interview he said he was born in Russian Poland. Nothing else biographical, except that he was not married. Interesting anyhow.

There is a Petition for Naturalization in the NY index 1917-1950 for an Ernest Smertnik; a Josephine Smertnik in 1930 Brooklyn, and a Mary Smrtnik in 1930 Brooklyn.

I honestly don't know what else to tell you. I really had no obvious luck searching Passenger Lists either.

Well, I hope I have been of some help. Good luck.
Lisa

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 25 Mar 2008 11:26AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Liza ... On a trip Easter Weekend to NYC, flying by on the tour bus I, and many others, were in awe at the size of 2 cemeteries off the I278 (near a cross street I noted of Meecher). Two absolutely hugh cemeteries which seemed to go on forever. What could you tell me about their history, size, first burial, etc.
With my thanks.
Betty (near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada)

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 25 Mar 2008 11:45AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Betty,
Well, I am looking on the map; I'm not sure where Meecher St. is...can't seem to find it. Do you know what Borough you were in? There are a few large cemeteries along 278. In Queens, 278 runs right between Calvary and New Calvary cemeteries. Do you think that could be them? I don't have my book with me but I can get back to you in a couple of days.
Lisa

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 29 Mar 2008 1:45PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Lisa - thanks for your reply. One of my friends who travelled with me thinks it is "Flushing All Faiths Cemetery in Queens" with over 5 million graves.
Thanks
Betty

Re: New York City Cemetery Guide

Posted: 29 Apr 2008 8:07PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: hoedt, henry, stearns, rowland, berns, cazer, smith, miller, etc.
sounds great! hoedt@verizon.net
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