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New York Cemeteries


 

Division of Cemeteries, State of New York
Under the supervision of the state's Cemetery Board, the division oversees the establishment, maintenance, and preservation of burial grounds for all not-for-profit cemeteries in New York State. As authorized by the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, the division works with cemetery officials on a wide range of issues including the sale of lots, service fees, and the acquisition of lands. There are some 1,800 cemeteries and crematories under its jurisdiction. Not-for-Profit Cemeteries (58 Pages)

New York Marble Cemetery
This small burial ground in Manhattan's East Village is sometimes called the Second Avenue Cemetery. It is the oldest public non-sectarian cemetery in New York City. Most of the 2,080 interments took place between 1830 and 1870; the last was in 1937. All burials are in 156 below-ground vaults made of solid white Tuckahoe marble. Although there are no gravestones, the names of the original owners are on plaques in the surrounding walls. Their descendants may still be buried here.

Cemeteries in Queens
Have you heard Queens, New York, called cemetery land? Since the 19th century when burials in Manhattan were banned, Queens has been known for its cemeteries. In many densely-populated neighborhoods the burials grounds occupy the high ground because they predate the neighborhoods.

Stories in Stone
Cemeteries are the "Great American Novel" and every gravestone represents a chapter in that novel. This site is our effort in writing a portion of that novel by documenting cemeteries. Of the six counties (Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton, and Essex) that comprise the "North Country" of New York, we concentrate on Jefferson and Lewis Counties. Our goal is to help preserve the rich history of this portion of the North Country and to assist you in your family research.

Manhattan's Forgotten Graveyards, Under Public Parks, Hotels and Supermarkets
If you're visiting one of New York's many amazing parks and squares, it's likely that you're standing on land that was formerly used as a cemetery or potter's field.

 

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