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The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

If Only All Cemeteries Would Do This


For several years, I have been going to the Old Burying Ground in Lexington, Massachusetts to try and locate a few cemetery stones of individuals related to me. It has always been a challenge to find them, because no updated map with a listing of names was available. The FindAGrave.com was of no help either.

Two years ago, this month, I was told by a cemetery clerk that a listing of names and map was in the works, so I called about every six months, for an update. (You can read about that in one of the posts below.) Today was the day I was going to call again, but before I did, I fortunately did a little checking around on the internet. Wow, what a wonderful surprise...Lexington has done a great job putting together an  Old Burying Ground brochure with annotated map (pdf, prints on 11"x 17" paper)! The document is very large, print rather small, but I've no complaints.

After reviewing the list of names and looking at the cemetery map, I called my contact at the cemetery and thanked her, since she worked on the project, along with others. Their cemetery site, with other information will be very useful to the many who want to find out if their ancestors were buried there.


The Home Page for The Old Burying Ground  includes the following topics with links:


My two previous posts about the cemetery, included many fall photos of the cemetery, my google map, and an old hand drawn map, with a short listing of names of those interred there.

How to Find a Tombstone in the Old Cemetery (Burying Ground) in Lexington, MA, My Stearns / Stone for Tombstone Tuesday (Nov. 2015)

Is This About Six Deaths of the Children, My New Relatives OR Research  Problems? (Oct. 2016)


You might be interested in this post, written two years ago. The memorial monument is missed by many people.
Lexington, Massachusetts -- One monument with 77 Names