Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - McCormick Family, St. Agnes Cemetery

For some time now, I've been wanting to locate my great-grandparents' graves in Albany. Interestingly enough, it was through my continued search to link Thomas and Margaret McCormick with John Stoddard McCormick, that I found them at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands.

Some weeks ago, after following a link in a comment on Find-A-Grave, I found the Troy Irish Genealogy Society's index to St. Agnes Cemetery interment records. I knew from Find-A-Grave that Thomas and Margaret McCormick were in St. Agnes Cemetery, so using the TIGS's index, requested Thomas' record. I received a speedy reply and was impressed with the extra details written in on the returned form.

I then re-examined the obituaries I had for John Stoddard McCormick, Irene Gillespie McCormick, and John Stoddard McCormick, Jr. I found that John Stoddard McCormick was buried in St. Agnes Cemetery (according to his obit.). Irene's obituary did not name a place, but I decided to operate on the assumpotion that she'd be buried with her husband. John Jr.'s obituary stated he'd be buried in Albany (he died in Houston). I hoped that if he was moved from Houston to Albany for burial, that he'd also be with his parents (having never married). Since I was heading to Albany anyway to do research at the State Library, I decided to see if I could add an appointment at St. Agnes to my roster.

I sent St. Agnes a list of who I was looking for, including dates when and where they died. I spent about an hour with a staff member looking at copies of their index and she escorted me to their grave site. (Thank goodness because St. Agnes is huge and even with two maps at different levels of detail, I'm not sure I'd have found them on my own.)

And here I am, now with photo documentation and maps detailing where they are. The folks at St. Agnes clearly do a good job tending to the grounds, and promised they do some neatening up around the base of the stone, removing some old buried vases and some minor landscaping.

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