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Subject: Graves etc...
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 90 09:48:40 EST
Yesterday I visited the two cemeteries on the mountain here in
Montreal. I was surprised at the difference in the administration
of the cemeteries. One, the Mount Royal Cemetery, operates on a
file-card system. It took the clerk a good ten minutes to
find the information I was looking for. I was very pleased with the
information she supplied my father and me with. The other cemetery,
the Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery, has modernized its information so that
everything is on a database. For a dollar (Canadian funds :-)))) per
printout, they will supply you with your information.
I'd also like to mention a brief word about gravestones. When I was at
Cote-des-Neiges Cemetery I visited my grandfather's grave. To my
surprise his marker is the only one on the plot. I expected mention
of the eight other people resting in the grave. What makes the story
a bit strange is that he rests in my grandmother's family plot.
To keep the story on track, I just wanted to mention that the
genealogist should not rely solely on gravestones as his (her) source
of information. In my case, my ancestors could not afford a gravestone.
I'll write more about what I have discovered this Christmas when I
return to Guelph tomorrow.
Kenneth W. Quinn
University of Guelph
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