Recently my husband & I drove from our home in the Albany, NY area to a family wedding
LeopoldGartner/Gardner, my great grandfather, lived his final years in Buffalo, NY. He lived with his daughter, Florence Gartner Weisberg/Weissberg. I had discovered where he was buried but had never visited his grave. Because we were going to be driving through Buffalo I thought a quick stop was in order.
I found North Park Cemetery on Find A Grave but, as I often find with Find A Grave, there was no street address. I found the website for the JewishFederation for Greater Buffalo, found their community directory and called the number for cemetery information. The woman I spoke to quickly and efficiently gave me the street address and advice on where to park. She also gave me the location of the graves of Leopold, his daughter Florence, and her husband Samuel. I was nervous that it might not be as easy as it sounded and that we would be delayed on our long drive to Ohio. However, it went smoothly.
Ironically, for three years my husband & I had lived just a few miles from the cemetery. At that time I had not begun genealogy research and had no idea my great grandfather was close by.
We easily found Leopold, Florence & Samuel. I snapped more pictures than necessary, took a moment for prayer and we were soon on our way again. When we arrived at the hotel and greeted cousins no one was surprised at all that we had stopped off to do genealogy along the way!
[Later I added my photos & information to Find A Grave. They are now the only interments listed for that cemetery.]
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