It is certainly helpful if genealogists can find most of their family buried in a single plot. Indeed, several members of my mother's paternal branch, the Gailliot family, are buried together at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Alexandria, VA (see image below). I was not so lucky, however, with my other ancestors, most of whom were late 19th century immigrants. Some of them, particularly those on my father's branch, are buried in unmarked graves in Pennsylvania.
Perhaps this web page will inspire our family to purchase a marker for
the unmarked. At least we will have a virtual cemetery on the Internet.
This project also brought to mind what kind of memorial I will want for
my own burial or urn of ashes.
|My daughter stands by the "Gailliot" memorial surrounded by individual markers for the Gailliot family including my maternal grandparents and great grandparents. Fresh grave is that of Clemens Gailliot, Sr, buried June, 1991. Incidentally, the St. Mary's cemetery has an interesting history- outside the gate is an historical marker describing its establishment including mention of our founding father, George Washington, a famous resident of Alexandria. (See photo and story).|
My Ahnentafel Chart in Images of Tombstones:Complete Ahnentafel Chart in text only, including those who do NOT have tombstones.
St. Mary's cemetery, Alexandria, VA- 4 persons, 4 stones
Braddock Catholic cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA- 2 persons, 1 stone
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