I went back to the Cemetery today

and used the techniques suggested by fellow Genea-bloggers. I also used water, a soft brush and a rag, removing some of the years of grime and yuck from the stone. I only removed enough to read the pertinent information. No harsh cleaning agents were used, and no stiff brushes. I felt this stone had survived…

How on Earth can I read this Headstone??

Elizabeth Auxer Kleiss was the wife of Johan Philip Kleiss and was buried along with him at the First Reformed Church in their cemetery in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  For eternity.  Really??? Well, only until they needed that ground for something else!  At that point they needed to find a final resting spot for the occupants of…

Catharine is always in mourning

If you read Catharine’s diary, the theme is established.  It is full of family, friends and neighbors either close to death or dying.  She seems to be obsessed with unhappiness. This picture seems to be a theme in her life. Catharine is the one on the right. I believe the woman on the left may…

I forgot to add another favorite cemetery!

. . . and how could I ever forget Marietta Cemetery?? Since my Leader family were original settlers of this river town, two cemeteries here reflect my family’s history.  The picture of the John Auxer’s family final resting place is one of my favorites.  It was a chilly day, leaves blowing everywhere, and even the…

My Favorite Cemetery

Since I love cemeteries, I thought I’d try to narrow it down to my favorite cemetery.  I visit so many,so often, you’d think I have a favorite.  Well, I do! I love the peacefulness and stillness I feel when I visit the cemetery at Donegal Presbyterian Church in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  It is in the…

I’m confused! But then what’s new?

So what’s new? This is genealogy, after all ~ just like a jigsaw puzzle. Some pieces look like they should fit, but are just a “little” off! This week I found an obituary for Daniel Gemperling while looking for a completely different obituary. DANIEL GEMPERLING DEAD. He Was in the Tin Business in the East…