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Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby deejasmine » 15 Aug 2012, 03:04

I have received my GG-Grandfather's death certificate from the state of NY - Place Of Burial is listed as Calvary. Singulary the largest cemetary in NY with over 3 mil burials - Apparently you can request info on a burial site and there is a cost - I can find no web site for the cemetary and am wondering if anyone has been through this process - looking for some feedback!

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby Tessa78 » 15 Aug 2012, 03:13

Hi Denise :-)

Maybe the "Find a Grave" website will provide what your want...

Here is their link for Calvary Cemetery in Queens County, NY
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cg ... 4&CSst=36&

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby amerital43 » 15 Aug 2012, 15:20

You might also like to try this link:

http://www.interment.net/data/us/ny/que ... metery.htm

This cemetery is divided into 4 sections with Section 1 being the oldest. It IS a huge place so it is good to know where you're going as there are entrances in other places. To walk through without destination is a very big walk. Good Luck!
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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby joegov » 13 Apr 2013, 03:01

I am new to this site and just saw your post from August... My Grandparents are buried in Calvary and I had very good luck calling the cemetary up for grave information information...if you know the date of death, they can identify the grave...it is a huge cemetary...also, an interesting fact, it is the cemetary used in Godfather I...good luck
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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby erudita74 » 13 Apr 2013, 05:12

My one great grandmother is also buried in Calvary Cemetery, and years ago I also was able to get the exact location of her burial by phoning the cemetery office. I did have her date of death, and date of burial though, from her NYC death record. What I sadly discovered was that she was buried in a potter's field section of the cemetery where there are no headstones. Just a sign near the road, which runs through the cemetery, marks this section in the cemetery. A cousin visited the cemetery and took a photo of this "potter's field" section of the cemetery for me. It looks like a small area in someone's backyard, with just a few trees on the perimeter and the rest is just an open grassy area.

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby gentilejoy@yahoo.com » 13 Apr 2013, 19:37

My understanding is that if you have the specifics off of the death certificate like the full name and date of death and /or date of burial- you can call the cemetery office for the plot location information. About a year ago, I was able to locate my great-grandmother's grave by calling the cemetery with the information off of the death certificate. Basically, they need the full name and exact date of death. Good Luck, Joy.
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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby lilbees » 14 Apr 2013, 16:19

I recently had a family member write for information from Calvary.

"Calvary Cemetery is a cemetery in Queens, New York City, New York, United States. With more than 3 million burials, it has the largest number of interments of any cemetery in the United States; it is also one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States. It is owned by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York and managed by the Trustees of St. Patrick's Cathedral."

The wrote or called about the Trustees. I do not remember the address or the phone number but they certainly can be some help. One thing the family member learned was that the cost of the information he needed would be a little over $100.00.

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby carmine1917 » 15 Apr 2013, 01:55

My grandparents are buried in Calvary, as well as other relatives. Also, my cousins great-uncle is in the potters field.

When you call Calvary, they might do one free look up, but when you call give the list of every name you are looking for, because they could be in the same plot, easier for the person to look up. Everything is on microfilm, so the person you speak to has to go and roll up the film. Otherwise they are charging 167.00 for a look up. A lot of people put pictures up on findagrave.

Another way to find the grave location would be to find the death record. NYC Vital records office has death certificates up to 1948 and that is how I find the burial locations for other relatives, it is listed on the death certificates.

There is only 1 flower shop left at Calvary, they are really nice and the prices are reasonable. They will give you a map and will go and place flowers on a grave, they may have access to the microfilms, that was my impression when I went there last time.
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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby deejasmine » 15 Apr 2013, 14:40

Carmine;
Thank you for the information - can you give me more information on "potters field" - assuming that is for the extensively poor - did they keep records for that area? - are there even markers?

I have his death certificate - but unfortunately the plot information is not listed - just the cemetary name. I will have to call for the free lookup and see if I can get anywhere with that.

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby erudita74 » 15 Apr 2013, 15:01

deejasmine wrote:Carmine;
Thank you for the information - can you give me more information on "potters field" - assuming that is for the extensively poor - did they keep records for that area? - are there even markers?

I have his death certificate - but unfortunately the plot information is not listed - just the cemetary name. I will have to call for the free lookup and see if I can get anywhere with that.

Thanks again;
~Denise



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The info I got from Calvary concerning my great grandmother's grave in the Potter's Field there is as follows:

3rd Calvary, section 39, range 16, plot M, Grave 1.

I just don't know if there are other potter's field sections in this cemetery. I have never been there. Normally the poor who couldn't afford a burial were buried in a potter's field. Interesting is that her stillborn child, who was born/died three days before her, was buried in the potter's field of City Cemetery, located on Hart Island off of the Long Island Sound (the Bronx). I only know this because I found this info on microfilm. Anyway, my great grandparents were living in Manhattan at the time that my great grandmother died in 1904-and my great grandfather was left with three young girls, including an 18 month old. So I'm sure he didn't have money to bury both his wife and stillborn child. It is my understanding that he would have needed the help of a local priest (financial or otherwise), to have had his wife buried in Calvary rather than in City Cemetery like his stillborn daughter.

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Re: Calvary Cemetary in New York

Postby carmine1917 » 15 Apr 2013, 15:41

I will look at my map. I am busy this morning, if I don't get back to you, please remind me later. If it is the same, which I am sure it is, my cousin has pictures from last fall, I can send you.
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