31 March 2017

Friday Funny

Lots of luck! Similiar to trying to tie your family tree into those of Kings & Queens

30 March 2017

Slingerlands Vault

Recently a Bethlehem citizens group, the Bethlehem Alliance for Historic and Community Preservation, was established to preserve the Slingerlands National Historic District. Within that district is the Slingerland Vault. The family burial plot of former US Congressman John I. Slingerland (1804-1861). The hamlet was named after his family. The vault is deteriorating badly and needs restoration. A photo of the vault is below.

But what appears to be more pressing is that it is proposed to put a large apartment building with a drive through bank upon the property of the former Mangia restaurant. This land is adjacent to the small family cemetery.

In January the town proposed a restoration plan for the vault but there are no plans to cordon off the area or prevent development next to the cemetery plot. Another link to raise public awareness about their efforts is here. Hopefully the Town will quickly move forward with plans to restore the vault and to also secure the adjacent land from development. A small park-like area with historical markers and a gazebo would be great in my eyes.

Over the years the Mangia property and the adjacent cemetery have been in the local news. A couple of articles from the Bethlehem Spotlight are cut and pasted below.

The Spotlight, 4 December 1980, pp. 14-15

Town takes control of cemetery
One mystery has been solved. but the modern-day drama surrounding the Slingerlands Family Cemetery remains.

The Bethlehem Town Board. having finally determined that the plot does not belong to somebody else. passed a resolution last week assuming control and responsibility for it. The practical effects are small: town crews will have access to the cemetery and will cut the grass at least three times a year. Supervisor Tom Corrigan said the land will probably also be fenced.

The drama revolves around the question of what happens to the hamlet which John A. Slingerlands founded in the early 1800s. Residents are still waiting to see what will be proposed for the Charles Sanders property. the land around the cemetery and to the east of it, some of it commercially zoned, which changed hands earlier this year.

The new owners, a partnership of Anthony J. Pizzitola of Delmar, his brother Vincent of New York City. and Gina Tomei of Voorheesville, are in the process of renovating the restaurant on the property. but have not said what they plan to do with the rest of the vacant land. Anthony Pizzitola said recently that reports that a supermarket is interested in the commercially zoned property behind the restaurant are incorrect.

While the town board's action will have no direct bearing on the future use of the vacant land. it appears to have some tactical value to Slingerlands residents who want to keep large commercial development out of the hamlet.

"There is something worthwhile to be said for a place which has history, and has the old trees and nice. set-back houses," says Mrs. Patricia Brewer, who is a neighbor of the Sanders property and a leader in the Slingerlands Homeowners Association movement to stop the commercial development.

The cemetery itself. she feels, "has an important value to my home" because the Slingerlands name is such an important part of the hamlet. Not only are the homes of Slingerlands and his children still standing and occupied. but Slingerlands was himself an important figure in the history of the state and the nation.

According to the resolution prepared by Town Historian Thomas E. Mulligan, Jr., Slingerlands was a Whig congressman during the tumultuous years of the "Anti Rent Wars". and originally proposed the Homestead Act which president Lincoln signed in 1861. one month after his death.

The last internment in the burial vault took place in 1910, and the cemetery and vault have since fallen prey to neglect, vandalism and desecration.

The question of who is responsible for the cemetery was raised about four years ago, according to Mrs. Brewer, but did not become vital until the Sanders property changed hands for the final time and a dispute developed over access.
It was only then that the town commissioned a search of the 1910 deed under which William H. Slingerlands, the son of John A., parceled out his father's vast land holdings. The 60 by 85 foot piece of cemetery land, according to a search of the records, was specifically excluded, as was a 16.5-foot right-of-way into the cemetery.

Under town law, the town may assume the right to maintain and preserve the cemetery as an historic place, and that was the action take!). by the board last week.

The Spotlight, 13 April 1994, pp. 1, 32
Judge sides with town in Slingerlands vault
By Mel Hyman

The historic Slingerland family vault, a source of controversy for years, will apparently revert to town ownership after a state Supreme Court ruling that Bethlehem has a perfect legal right to the property.

In 1990, the town brought a lawsuit in Supreme Court seeking title to the 19th century cemetery plot, which is located in a mounded area across from the Toll Gate off New Scotland Road.

Anthony Pizzitola, who owns the property surrounding the burial mound, has claimed dominion over the site since he purchased a large tract of land at the junction of New Scotland Road and Kenwood Avenue in 1981. Pizzitola has allegedly interfered with people seeking to visit the burial vault, which is the reason the town initiated the suit, according to Town Attorney Bernard Kaplowitz.

The court decision, written by Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Kahn, noted that the town's case might have failed because of technical oversights. But on the issue of ownership, Judge Kahn wrote, "the Town of Bethlehem has acquired title to the property in question and may legitimately preclude defendants from maintaining any control over the land. Clearly, the defendants have no legal title to the cemetery plot .. ."

Kahn's decision said three of the four heirs of the late William H. Slingerland ceded ownership over to the town in the 1980s. The fourth surviving heir with rights to the mausoleum was never located.  

But the Pizzitola family's attorney sees it differently, noting that Judge Kahn indicated that a dismissal of the case was warranted, even though he declined to do so.

"It looks like the town lost. Case dismissed," said Albany attorney James - Bruner, who represented Anthony, Fulvia and Vincent Pizzitola in the action. While Kahn made mention of the deeds, he dismissed the injunction sought by the town on other grounds, Bruner said.

"If the town has unlimited resources and wants to go back and initiate another lawsuit," they are free to do so, Bruner said.

Kaplowitz said that while Judge Kahn indicated he could dismiss the town's suit, he opted not to because the town was so clearly in the right. Kaplowitz said that according to Kahn's decision it would be futile for Pizzitola to keep fighting over the plot of land, because even though the town lost on technical grounds, it won on the merits and could easily prevail by refiling the suit.
"Our lines of communication with the· town are open," Bruner said. 'The last thing we want to see is more litigation," which would not be in the best interests of the "town, the Pizzitolas or the residents."

The Pizzitolas are ready to negotiate with the town on issues such as egress and maintenance if the town board is so inclined, Bruner said. Upon his death in 1910, William H. Slingerland left a tract of land for his heirs at the junction of New Scotland Road and Kenwood Avenue. The parcel originally contained the old Slingerlands family home.

Pizzitola purchased the land outright in 1981 from Charlie Sanders. But, as Judge Kahn said, when the Slingerland heirs sold the family tract to Schade in 1920, they excluded the sliver of land containing the family vault. The Slingerland family retained ingress and egress rights to the mausoleum regardless of what happened to the surrounding property.

What happened, according to Kaplowitz, is that Pizzitola sometimes prevented groups of school children from visiting the site because of concerns over liability. Moreover, some of the neighbors along New Scotland Road ·have complained that Pizzitola had cut and removed brush and trees from the property as well as running a bulldozer over part of it.

"Baloney," said Pizzitola last week. 'Those trees were diseased .and were on my property. This is America, isn't it? ... (The plot) was a secret for years. When I took over, suddenly the town decided they wanted it. It was there for over 70 years and nobody did anything until my wife and I and the kids started to take care it."

Pizzitola said he is not opposed to people visiting the site, but he's insistent about having liability insurance because they would be crossing his property to reach the mausoleum.

''Would you let someone on your property without insurance?'' he asked. "No one has stopped anything from happening."

In 1980, the Bethlehem Town Board approved a resolution declaring the site to be of historical significance. A year later, Floyd Brewer took the Bethlehem Archeology Group to the mausoleum on its first dig. Brewer, who was senior editor of "Bethlehem Revisited, A Bicentennial Story 1793-1993," discovered that the vault and its surroundings had been vandalized over the years arid was in serious need of repair. Pieces of a long-lost marble marker were found in the soil and Brewer was able to reassemble it.

As the marker notes, the vault was constructed in 1852 and contained the remains of two of the town's most prominent citizens -John I. and William Henry Slingerland. Outside of the Nicoll-Sill house, "I know of no. other site in town that contains such rich and important information about a family," Brewer said.
The late U.S. Congressman John A Slingerland was probably the "most famous citizen the town has ever. had," Brewer said. His brother William Henry Slingerland, was a renowned engineer and architect who designed the town's first water system. "Now that the town would appear to have control over it, maybe they'll find some funds for restoration," Brewer said. For example, a heavy chain that once linked a series of cement posts that cordoned off the mausoleum area was stolen long ago.

"It would cost maybe $4,000 or $5,000" to make the necessary repairs such as replacing a door that is caving in, replacing the heavy chain that cordoned off a 14 foot outside area and erecting a stand with a glass-enclosed legend that explains the site's historical significance, Brewer said.

28 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Irving Magee Hitchcock

This week's Tombstone Tuesday is on Irving Magee Hitchcock. Very little is known about this individual because he died at the age of four months and eight days from Cholera.

Gravestone of Irving Magee Hitchcock

The child was named after the Reverned Irving Magee, Pastor of the First Lutheran Church in Albany. His parents were James Henry Hitchcock (1834-1886) Caroline Gertrude Ruenburgh (1840-1908); my great great great grandparents. Irving was born on 15 March 1876 in Albany at 198 Green Street.

Irving Magee Hitchcock, Interment card from Albany Rural Cemetery

Irving died on 23 July 1876 and was buried in the family plot at Albany Rural Cemetery the next day. His very small gravestone became dislodged from its original base and for decades it lay next to other family member's gravestones. In May 2015 and new base was cast for little Irving's stone and his stone was mortared in. Barely legible, his stone reads "OUR DARLING."

27 March 2017

Military Monday : Adrian Charles Koreman, WWI

This week's military Monday is on Adrian Charles Koreman, one of my first cousins three times removed. He was a son of one of my great great grandfather's younger brother.

Adrian Charles Koreman

Adrian was born in Albany on 13 February 1890 to Charles Koreman and Magdelena Behrhof. His father was born in Zierikzee, Netherlands while his mom was born in Albany. Interestingly Charles' birth name was actually Adrianus Johannes Koremans. At some point after immigrating to America, his name changed to Charles; yet he eventually named one of his sons with his birth name.

Before enlisting in the Army during World War I, Adrian was a clerk for Dobler Brewing in Albany. He became a member of the 109th Machine Gun Battalion, American ExpeditionaryExpeditiary Forces (AEF), as a Private.

AC Koreman, right

AC Koreman, WWI Draft Card

AC Koreman, Military Record
Adrian never married nor had any children. He is buried with his parents at Our Lady Help of Christians cemetery in Glenmont. Adrian has no gravestone.

26 March 2017

Holy Cross Church, Albany, NY

The first German Catholic parish in Albany was the Heilige Kreuz Gemeinde or Holy Cross Parish. The parish was organized in 1842 as the German Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Cross, through the assistance of a Redemptiorist priest, Reverend Sebastian Gruber. The church was located on the corner of Hamilton and Phillip Streets.[1] 

Holy Cross Church, Albany, NY

On May 12, 1850, an enormous celebration was held for the laying of the church cornerstone. The festivities included a parade where approximately three thousand spectators viewed the gala.[2] The church had a seating capacity of over eight hundred and was dedicated on November 23, 1851. The final cost of the edifice and its interior decorations amounted to $9,000. The first Pastor was the Reverend Theodore Noethen from Cologne, Germany. He was able to preach not only in German, but also in French, Italian, and English. Noethen, therefore, ministered to the other immigrants in mission stations in the area.[3] 

Holy Cross Church interior

In July 1852 the church formed the German Roman Catholic Association for the purpose of providing the children with a “good religious education.” In 1864 an elementary school was established and the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet were secured as religious teachers for the children. On January 21, 1880, a new Holy Cross school was opened with the Sisters of Christian Charity as the school’s educators, until the religious community withdrew in July 1919 and was replaced with the Sisters of Notre Dame. During the summer of 1955, the Holy Cross School and convent were both closed and demolished. On the former site, a new and modern elementary school was built to serve both Holy Cross and Saint Anthony’s parishes. This was the first time that one elementary school was planned and constructed to serve the needs of two parishes.[4] 

Holy Cross school

The parish of Holy Cross used its Hamilton and Phillip Streets grounds until 1959, when the parish moved to its new and present location in 1960 on upper Western Avenue in Albany. Holy Cross also opened a Catholic secondary school in 1900. The high school was incorporated in September 1897, but closed in June 1919 due to a lack of students.[5]

Benevolent societies that aided the sick, poor, and old associated with Holy Cross church included the Saint Joseph’s Unterstützungverein und Wohlthätigkeitverein, founded on February 14, 1851, which was the first Catholic Unterstützungverein in the city. One hundred eleven members paid monthly dues of $.50 for a weekly sick payment of $4.00, a $200 death benefit, and a $75 disbursement for the death of a member’s spouse. By 1897 the society’s assets totaled $5,387.73. In 1874 the Verein joined the German Roman Catholic Central Verein.[6] Saint Peter’s Krankenverein und Unterstützungverein, established on February 28, 1856, became Albany’s second Catholic Unterstützungverein. Forty-two members paid $.50 per month for dues granting them sick payments of $3.00 per week, a $100, and $60 for the death of a member’s wife. The society’s treasury totaled $1,526.23.[7] 

On July 23, 1867, eighty-one members left Saint Peter’s Krankenverein to form the Saint Franziscus Verein on August 1, 1867. As of 1897 the society numbered ninety-five members and had paid out $27,311.35 in expenditures since its formation. Members paid quarterly dues of $1.25 for weekly sick payments of $5.00 per week, a $150 death benefit, and a $75 payment for the death of a member’s wife.[8] 

The Jünglingverein, or the Young Men’s Society, was established in January 1880 for the purpose of giving young boys a good moral upbringing. On May 16, 1880, the Jungfrauen Sodality, or Young Women’s Association, was organized with the same intent, but for young girls. 

The Christliche Mütterverein, or Christian mother’s society, was organized in July 1893 and stressed a Christian upbringing and aid to the poor. Other societies included the Saint Aloysius Sodality, established circa 1883, the Young Men’s Sodality, founded in 1895, the Young Ladies Sodality, and the Ladies Catholic Benevolent Association, Branch 360, established circa 1901.[9] The Holy Cross choir was highly esteemed in the musical circle of Albany as a recognized force in the musical organizations of the city.[10]

In 2009 St. Margaret Mary Church merged with Holy Cross Church and became All Saints Catholic Church.

Pastors of Holy Cross Church
  • Theodore Noethen, 1850-79 
  • Joseph Ottenhues, 1880-1918 
  • James Hilden, 1918-59 
  • Monsignor John F. Bourke, 1959-63 
  • Lawrence E. Ryan, 1963-1974 
  • Richard J. Downs, 1974-94 
  • Daniel J. Maher, 1994- to the present (2005)
[1] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 61.
[2] Joel Munsell, Annals of Albany, Volume II (Albany: J. Munsell, 1870), pp. 338-339. Reynolds, Albany Chronicles, pp. 603-604 & 614. Phelps, comp., The Albany Hand-Book, p. 59.
[3] Rowley, “Albany: A Tale of Two Cities, 1820-1880,” p. 291.
[4] Leary, The History of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Albany, pp. 37-38, 135. Church of the Holy Cross: 125th Anniversary, 1859-1984. (Albany: 1984), p. 5-9.
[5] Leary, The History of Catholic Education in the Diocese of Albany, p. 136.
[6] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 191.
[7] Ibid.
[8] Ibid.
[9] Ibid., p. 65.
[10] Louden, ed. Catholic Albany, pp. 165-166.

25 March 2017

Saturday's Society : Deutscher Kriegerverein (DKV)

German immigrants who fought in the Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War established the Deutscher Kriegerverein, or the German Veterans Society, on December 1, 1889.  Members paid dues amounting to $.10 per month.  

Albany Times, 3 December 1889

Gustav Zinserling, the proprietor of the Hotel Columbia, was the leader of the veterans’ group for many years. 

Gustav Zinserling in uniform
Gustav Zinserling

They met monthly at the Hotel Columbia until 1901, then they met at the Grand Army Hall, located at 31 Green Street.

1893 Albany City Directory ad

In 1908 the society moved to its final meeting place- the German Hall.   

German Hall, 48 Beaver Street, Albany

The Veterans’ Society celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary at Shafer’s Grove.  The group had 150 members in its heyday; by 1897 membership included seventy-two members and two honorary members, but by March 1918, membership had dwindled to twenty-nine individuals, and the society dissolved itself after twenty-nine years.[1]

[1] n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, p. 179. Schenectady Herold-Journal, March 29, 1918, 1:2.

24 March 2017

Vandalized Jewish Cemetery in Philly Being Restored

Recently a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia was targeted by vandals numerous times. A plan is underway to restore the 175 gravestones that were toppled. Joe Ferrannini of Grave Stone Matters will be leading the project. A link for an article on this venture is here.

Friday Funny

As a youngster my grandmother would sometimes bring me to the cemetery when I asked her. Not yet old enough to drive, I remember loading shovels into her car to help turn over stones that had fallen. My grandfather said "we'd be arrested for digging up graves." This comic was found on Pinterest.com.

21 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Joseph Kline Emmet

This week's Tombstone Tuesday is on the mausoleum vault of Irish-American Joseph Kline Emmet (1841-1891). His family vault is located in Albany Rural Cemetery. Emmet was a stage actor who successfully promoted Germanism in the Albany theatre and stage. Emmet became known as the originator of German dialect comedy. His performances combined graceful dancing, singing of sentimental or comic songs, and yodeling. Emmet became enormously popular in December 1869, when he created a character known as “Fritz Von Vonderblenkenstoffen” in a show called Fritz, Our Cousin German. The performance returned to Albany for an eleven day run at the Academy of Music in April 1870.[1] On October 18, 1870, Emmet again returned to Albany, this time at the Trimble Opera House, with his performance of Fritz. He had just completed seventy-five consecutive nights at Wallack’s in New York City. The Albany Argus advertised the show as a “magnificent reception of the talented young comedian, Mr. Joseph K. Emmet… in his great specialty of the German Emigrant… in which he will introduce songs, dances, and instrumental solos.…”[2] Emmet made Albany his permanent home in 1882. He erected a mansion on Van Rensselaer Boulevard known as “Fritz Villa.” Later, his former property was transformed into Wolfert’s Roost Country Club.[3] The former Laughlin Street in North Albany was renamed to Emmet Street in honor of Albany’s celebrated performer in June 1879.

Emmet vault

Peek inside the Emmet vault

[1] Phelps, Players of a Century, p. 305. Albany Argus, April 20, 1870, 1:9.
[2] Albany Argus, October 18, 1870, 1:9.
[3] Reynolds, Albany Chronicles, p. 722. Howell and Tenney, eds., History of the County of Albany, N. Y., pp. 706-707.

18 March 2017

Saturday's Society : International German Genealogy Partnership

The International German Genealogy Partnership's slogan is " Uniting German Genealogy Researchers Worldwide." The IGGP is a group of partner societies interested in German Genealogy. The partnership is a network to share ideas, contacts, research information and resources to help our members trace their Germanic heritage wherever it is found.

The IGGP facilitates German genealogy research globally as the internationally recognized federation of German genealogy organizations. IGGP was formerly known as German-American Genealogical Partnership (GAGP).

The IGGP has a new website and will be hosting its first conference at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest on 28-30 July 2017. Registration for 2017 Conference has begun. Register now for best pricing. Prices will go up.

17 March 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here is a throwback picture supposedly from the first St. Patrick's Day parade in Albany. Walter A. Sheahan, my grandmother's first cousin was the parade Grand Marshall.

Walter A. Sheahan

Blog Anniversary

Just a quick note that tomorrow, 18 March 2017 this blog will be three years old. Until recently I have not been posting articles as regularly as I should have. Hopefully my momentum is rolling and I can keep this going.

Friday Funny

Not so much a funny but definitely a strong truth.

15 March 2017

Wordless Wednesday

City Flag of Oosterhout, Province of Noord Brabant, Netherlands
Homeland of my Koreman Clan

14 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : What Not to Do

Ok, this photo is not a tombstone. The gravestone photos are below and should be a strong example of what not to do when restoring grave markers. The stones are in a local cemetery and obviously repaired by someone with good intentions but no clue. The above stone was photographed in April 2016 and the lower photo was taken three days ago. It was simply a matter of time before the upper part of the stone broke away from the lower. The extreme angle that the stone was leaning also did not help the repair's cause.

The proper method would have been to level the lower stone, clean both pieces with D2, bond the stones together with an epoxy such as Akemi 2030, clamp and hold the stones in position for 24 hours, and then fill the seam/joint with a Lithomex mortar.

12 March 2017

March & May Genealogy Programs

Upcoming genealogy programs at the East Greenbush Community Library. Details are below:

10 Essential Websites for Genealogy
Thursday, March 16 at 6 PM

There has never been a better time for discovering your Irish ancestors than NOW! Join genealogist-in-residence for the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, Lisa Dougherty, for a practical guide to where you can access these resources for documenting your family story! PLEASE REGISTER.

10 Websites for Genealogy
Thursday, May 18 at 6 PM

Join professional genealogist Lisa Doughtery for a presentation on free websites where you can find records, record your family information, share stories and pictures, browse old newspapers, view photographs, or read the musings of hundreds of genealogy hobbyists. PLEASE REGISTER.

Both of these programs require attendees to register.

For further information please contact:
East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: 518.477-7476
Web: www.eastgreenbushlibrary.org

11 March 2017

Saturday's Society : Troy Irish Genealogy Society

This week's Saturday's Society is on the Troy Irish Genealogy Society (TIGS). For a heads up: the society is not only about Troy's Irish. The group aims to make local genealogical records available online and its focus covers many areas in the Capital District.

A few of their "projects" that are online that helped me greatly in my research are:

TIGS has many many more records that were transcribed and put online and can be found on their website. Check them out. Join the group. Get involved and volunteer in the Capital District's genealogy community.

TIGS is also on Facebook.

10 March 2017

Friday Funny

Another genealogy statement found online which rings true especially after coming off recent elections.

09 March 2017

Ancestor of the Week : George Eger

This week's ancestor biography of the week is on one of my great great grandfathers, George Eger. George was born in Trausnitz, Bayern on 29 January 1865. According to my grandmother he had a twin sister, Maria. Their parents were Johann Eger (1825-1904) and Anna Katharina Meindl (1827-1883). George had the following siblings.

  • Maria (1865- 1944) married Benedict App
  • Josef (1870-1954) married Anna Simon
  • Johann (circa 1871-1959)
Josef and Johann remained in Trausnitz. 

Ancestral Eger home in Trausnitz

Not much about George is known while he was living in Germany aside from that he was in the German army for a stint. Below is a photo of him in his military uniform.

George Eger

George and his future bride Katharina Schuster (1870-1935) immigrated from Antwerp, Belgium to the United States and landed at Castle Garden in New York City on 26 May 1891 aboard the Ship Waesland. The next day they were married in Manhattan on 27 May. 

The newly weds headed North to Albany and settled and raised their family. George and Katharina had the following children.
  • Margaret Eger (1891-1892)
  • Mary Frances Eger (1893-1985) married John Joseph Kane
  • Catherine Madeleine Eger (1895-1949) married John Joseph Aloyisus Gannon
  • Michael G. Eger (1897-1942)
  • Louise Eger (1899-1960) married William Herrington
  • George (1902-1968) married Mildred Elmer Smith
  • Joseph (1906-1906)
L to R, Louise, Mary, Michael, Catherine, George, George, & Katharina
George received his naturalization papers to become an American citizen on 07 May 1900. Below is his naturalization paper.

George and Katharina became members of the German Catholic parish of Our Lady of Angels where their children were baptized. George was a blacksmith for the New York Central Railroad at the West Albany shops for many years. The family lived in Arbor Hill for many years until land was purchased on Mereline Avenue circa 1914. Mereline Avenue is now know as Tremont Street. Their home which appeared to also be a farm was in the vicinity of what became Public School #26 on Tremont Street. Below are three views of the Eger homestead.

Mereline Street

George Eger & son Michael

George became a member of the German Gun Club located off Central Avenue and his wife Katharina became involved in numerous religious societies in Our Lady of Angels parish. 

George, wife Katharina, & daughter Louise

In 1922 George returned to his former home in Germany to visit his family. Below is a scan of his US passport and passport photo.

On 05 October 1935 George tragically lost his wife Katharina when she was struck by a car while attempting to cross Central Avenue. She was buried in the family plot at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery. George joined her on 21 March 1940.

08 March 2017

Genealogy Programs: Certificate & Degree

The world of genealogy has expanded; especially online. Today numerous certificate programs can be found online and there are also a few degree programs available and many webinars are offered. A list of these offerings have been compiled. The list is extensive but by no means all encompassing. A link to the web site is provided. Check with the web site for further details, contacts, and prices.

Degree Programs

Certificate Programs

Online Courses

Onsite Courses


Wordless Wednesday

Home of my Murray ancestors, Cushina, County Offaly, Ireland

07 March 2017

Tombstone Tuesday : Jennie

Today's tombstone Tuesday is not of a relative of mine. It is that of a gravestone that was overgrown and unlevel at this time last year. Below is a photo of the gravestone of Jennie Nopper after her site was rehabbed. She is buried in the Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in Albany.

wife of 
Co E. 172nd Inf. N.Y. Vol
Died May 2, 1897
Aged 42 years

03 March 2017

Saturday's Society- Harmonia Gesangverein

On October 31, 1881 a German singing society was founded; the Saengerbund Harmonia or Harmonia Singing Society. The group later reorganized itself on March 23, 1884. Over the years, the Gesangverein met and practiced at many locations, including the Hotel Columbia, Caecilia Halle, and Saint Matthew’s schoolhouse. The society began with fourteen members and grew to include thirty active members and fifty passive members by 1886. Eleven years later the club numbered twenty-two active and seventy-five passive members.[1] Harmonia disappeared from city directories after 1910.  

An undated photo of the Harmonia Gesangverein

[1] Howell and Tenney, eds., History of the County of Albany, N. Y., p. 745. n. a., Geschichte der Deutschen in Albany und Troy, pp. 81, 167, 169.

02 March 2017