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Headstone & Monument Inscriptions

There are many different kinds of cemeteries in the New York City area.  They include:

  1. The church yard cemetery, where members of a church are buried on the church grounds.

  2. The church owned cemetery.  They are located in another section of the town but they are owned and operated by the church.

  3. The government owned cemetery.  These are owned by all entities of government and include pauper and military cemeteries.

  4. Privately owned cemetery, may be owned by a corporation and operated as a business.

  5. Family cemetery.  These are usually part of the family owned land where a section is set off for burials of family members.

Determining the place of burial

Normally the death certificate states the cemetery of burial and the funeral home that handled the burial.  Other sources include US Government Geological Survey maps of the area which detail small areas, including small graveyards.

Manhattan Graveyard Situation effects Queens County

  • 1823 - forbade all burials in a grave or vault south of Canal, Sullivan and Grand Sts

  • 1851 - forbade interments south of 86th Street and prohibited the creation of new cemeteries

The Rural Cemetery Act

By mid-century the natural growth of population, increasing immigration from Ireland and Central Europe, and a shortage of open land in Manhattan and Brooklyn forced consideration of a change.  The new legislation commercialized death for the first time by authorizing corporations to buy land, open cemeteries and sell plots for money to private individuals.  Within the next five years cemetery corporations began to buy up farms in Queens County and lay out large cemeteries:  Calvary (1846), Evergreens (1848), Cypress Hills (1852), Mount Olivet (1852), St. Michael's (1852) and Lutheran (1852).  From Old Queens, N.Y. in Early Photographs, by Vincent F Seyfried, William Asadorian

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Queens County Open Cemeteries

Acacia Cemetery
83-84 Liberty Ave, Ozone Park
Jewish

 

Beth-El Cemetery
Cypress Hills St, Glendale
Jewish

 

Cedar Grove Cemetery
13004 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing
Non-sectarian

 

First Calvary Cemetery (Old Calvary)(4)
Laurel Hill Boulevard betw LI Expressway & Review Ave
Roman Catholic

 

Flushing Cemetery
163-06 46th Ave, Flushing
Non-sectarian

 

Fourth Calvary Cemetery (4)
58th St, Woodside
Roman Catholic

 

Fresh Pond Crematory
Mt Olivet Crescent & 62nd Ave, Middle Village
Non-sectarian

 

Hungarian Union Field of the Mutual Benevolent Society
8229 Cypress Ave, Glendale
Jewish, Hungarian

 

Knollwood Park Cemetery
5780 Cooper Ave, Ridgewood
Jewish

 

Linden Hill Cemetery of Central Synagogue
55-22 Metropolitan Ave, Ridgewood
Jewish

 

Linden Hill Methodist Cemetery
323 Woodward Ave, Ridgewood
Methodist Episcopal, Non-sectarian

 

Lutheran Cemetery
67-29 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village
Lutheran, Non-sectarian

 

Machpelah Cemetery, Queens
82-30 Cypress Hills St, Glendale
Non-Sectarian

 

Maple Grove Cemetery
83-15 Kew Gardens Rd, Kew Gardens
Non-sectarian

 

Mokom Sholom Cemetery
80-07 Pitkin Ave, Ozone Park
Jewish

 

Montefiore Cemetery
121-83 Springfield Blvd
Jewish

 

Mount Carmel Cemetery
8345 Cypress Hills St, Glendale
Jewish

 

Mount Hebron Cemetery
130-04 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing
Jewish

 

Mount Judah Cemetery
Cypress Ave, Ridgewood
Jewish

 

Mount Lebanon Cemetery
78-00 Myrtle Ave, Glendale
Jewish

 

Mount Olivet Cemetery and Mausoleum
65-40 Grand Ave, Maspeth
Non-sectarian, Protestant Episcopal

 

Mount Saint Mary Cemetery
172-00 Booth Memorial Ave, Flushing
Roman Catholic

 

Mount Zion Cemetery
5963 54th Ave, Maspeth
Jewish

 

Prospect Cemetery
159th St & Beaver Rd, Jamaica
Presbyterian, Public

 

Riker-Lent Family Burial Ground
78-03 19th St, Astoria
Private

 

Saint John's Cemetery, Queens
80-01 Metropolitan Ave, Middle Village
Roman Catholic

 

Saint Michael's Cemetery and Mausoleums
72-02 Astoria Blvd, Astoria
Non-sectarian, Protestant Episcopal

 

Second Calvary Cemetery
58th St, Woodside
Roman Catholic

 

Third Calvary Cemetery
58th St, Woodside
Roman Catholic

 

Union Field Cemetery
8211 Cypress Ave, Ridgewood
Jewish

Queens County Closed Cemeteries

Alsop Family Burial Ground
Gravestones dated 1718 - 1881
Within Old Calvary Cemetery, Woodside
 
Astoria Village Cemetery, First
Years of use:  1842-1849
14th Place, Astoria
Public
 
Astoria Village Cemetery, Second
Years of use:  1850-1869
Broadway, Astoria
Public
Bodies moved to St Michael's Cemetery, Flushing
 
Betts Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  1762-1896
section of Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth
Private
 
Blackwell Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  1780-1857
Vernon Blvd, Astoria
Private
 
Bowne-Parsons Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  1804-1906
Roosevelt Ave, Flushing
Private
 
Brinkerhoff-Adriance Cemetery
Years of use:  1730-1872
182nd St, Fresh Meadows
Private
 
Burroughs Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1793-1871
Alstyne Ave, Elmhurst
Private
 
Colored Cemetery of Flushing
Years of use:  ca 1838-1898
46th Ave, Flushing
African, Public
 
Cornell Family Burial Grounds
Years of use:  gravestones date 1841-1850
225th St, Little Neck
Private
 
Richard Cornell Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  1694-1821
Caffery Ave, Far Rockaway
Private
 
Cumberson Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1829 - 1849
58th St, Woodside
Private
 
Delafield Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  nineteenth century
Vernon Blvd, Astoria
Private
 
Douglass Memorial Park Cemetery, Frederick
Years of use:  gravestones date 1800-1935
Northern Blvd, Douglaston
Protestant Episcopal
 
Duryea Farm Cemetery
Years of use:  before 1919
30th Ave, Woodside
Private
 
Eliot Avenue Cemetery
Years of use:  gravestones date 1812-1857
Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
Private
 
First Methodist Church of Jamaica Cemetery
Years of use:  gravestones date 1816-1933
Liberty Ave, Jamaica (on grounds of York College)
Methodist Episcopal
 
First Presbyterian Churchyard of Newtown
Years of use:  ca 1723-ca 1929
Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
Presbyterian
 
First Reformed Dutch Churchyard of Newtown
Years of use:  gravestones date 1794-1933
Broadway, Elmhurst
Reformed Dutch
 
Fish Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  18th - 19th century
LaGuardia Airport grounds, Astoria
Private
 
Fort Totten Cemetery
Years of use:  Civil War
Fort Totten, Bay Terrace
Military
 
Friends' Meeting House Cemetery
Years of use:  ca 1694-1893; gravestones date 1821-1893
Northern Blvd, Flushing
Quaker
 
Grace Episcopal Churchyard
Years of use:  1734-1908
Jamaica Ave, Jamaica
Protestant Episcopal
 
Hallett Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  ca 1724-1861
Main St, Astoria
Private
 
Lawrence Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  1832-1939
216th St, Bayside
Private
 
Lawrence Manor Burial Ground
Years of use:  1703-1975
20th Rd, Astoria
Private
 
Leverich Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones dated 1765-1818
Leverich St, Jackson Heights
Private
 
Luyster Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  ca 1695-1816
LaGuardia Airport grounds, Astoria
Private
 
Macedonia African Methodist Episcopal Churchyard
Years of use:  1838-1909
37th Ave, Flushing
African, Methodist Episcopal
 
Moore-Jackson Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1733 to 1867
51st St, Woodside
Private
 
Morrell Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestone dated 1816
39th Ave, Woodside
Private
 
Mott Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestone date 1826-1877
Maspeth Ave, Maspeth
Private
 
Mount Neboh Cemetery
Years of use:  1886-1913+
Cypress Hills St, Glendale
Jewish
 
Old Newtown Cemetery
Years to use:  ca 1652- ca 1880
90st St, Elmhurst
Public
 
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Churchyard
Years of use:  gravestones date 1844-1926
21st St, Astoria
Roman Catholic
 
Pullis Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1846-1851
63rd Ave, Middle Village
Private
 
Queens County Cemetery
Years of use:  1737-ca 1898
Hollis Ave, Queens Village
Public
 
Jacob Rapalye Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestone date 1776-1830
21st Ave, Astoria
Private
 
Remsen Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1790-1819
Trotting Course La, Forest Hills
Private
 
Ryerson Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestone dated 3 Aug 1798
Under sidewalk of a high school, 29th St, Long Island City
Private
 
St George's Churchyard of Astoria
Years of use:  ca 1827-1928
14th St, Astoria
Protestant Episcopal
 
St George's Churchyard of Flushing
Years of use:  ca 1790-1896
Main St, Flushing
Protestant Episcopal
 
St James' Churchyard
Years of use:  gravestones date 1805-1934
Broadway, Elmhurst
Protestant Episcopal
 
St Mark's African Methodist Episcopal Churchyard
Years of use:  1828 to ca 1899
Corona Ave, Elmhurst
African, Methodist Episcopal
 
St Monica's Churchyard
Years of use:  ca 1901-1910
Liberty Ave, Jamaica
Roman Catholic
 
Schenck-Wyckoff Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  ca 1724-1858
Flushing Ave, on Booklyn-Queens border
Private
 
Southside Cemetery
Years of use:  ca 1687-1919
Redding St, Ozone Park
Private
 
Springfield Cemetery
Years of use:  ca 1670-1934
Springfield Blvd, Springfield Gardens
Private
 
Trinity Churchyard, Queens
Years of use:  ca 1842-1886
Astoria Blvd, Astoria
Methodist Episcopal
 
Troytown Cemetery
Years of use:  ca 1853-1903
149th St, Flushing
African, Private
 
Van Alst Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  pre-1887
Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Private
 
Water Cemetery
Years of use:  gravestones date 1859-1904
Northern Blvd, Little Neck
Native American, Private
 
Way Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  one confirmed burial in 1839
Way Farm, Maspeth
Private
 
Willett Family Burial Ground
Years of use:  gravestones date 1722-1797
South Flushing (Cedar Grove Cemetery)
Private
 
Wyckoff-Snedicker Cemetery
Years of use:  gravestones date 1793-1892
Jamaica Ave, Richmond

 

LDS Cemetery Queens County Films

Burroughs Family Burial Ground
Alstyne Ave, Elmhurst, Queens
Private
LDS film #968408
 
Mott Family Burial Ground
Maspeth Ave & 57th St, Maspeth, Queens
Private
LDS film #962408
 
Southside Cemetery
Redding St, Ozone Park Queens
Private
LDS film #962517
 
Springfield Cemetery
Betw 198 & 199th St, Springfield Gardens, Queens
Private

Years of Use:  ca 1670-1934
LDS Film #860297

Transcribed Records Online

St. John's Cemetery, Middle Village
New album started with full page of tombstone pictures and name index
 
 

 

Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens
Almost 1,000 indexed Irish surnames, over 600 pictures of tombstones
***last updated January 04, 2011

Calvary Cemetery, Irish Brigade members, Civil War
Born from the 69 Regiment, NYS Militia, added 63rd, 69th & 88th NYSM
***hoping to add more names

Calvary Cemetery Burials, Dempsey Funeral Home Records
Mostly Irish, database building regularly

 

Calvary Cemetery Family Pages
McCollum, includes McCollum, McAllister, Kirwan, Rooney, Dowling, Rogers, Clair
McAllister, includes McAllister, Reid, McDonnell, O'Brien
McAllister, includes McAllister, Hayes, Cummings
Stulz, includes McAllister, Cooke, Morrison, Mohrmann, Stolz, Smith, Stulz, Diddle

Do you have a family tombstone that you would like to contribute to the site?  Send a picture and the inscriptions.

 

List of Internments by Surname - Calvary Cemetery
Published by Irish Genealogical Society, Intl.
5768 Olson Memorial Highway, Golden Valley MN 55422
Surnames A to D
Surnames E to L
Surnames M to Q
Surnames R to Z

More transcriptions of Calvary Cemetery Tombstones

 

Prospect Cemetery, 159th St, Jamaica, Queens
Index of names from Frost's book, Inscriptions from Prospect Cemetery
 

 

INTERMENT.NET's Online Transcriptions

Queens Calvary Cemetery, Woodside, Queens
  Cedar Grove Cemetery, Flushing, Queens,
  Cypress Hills Cemetery, East New York, Brooklyn
  Flushing Cemetery, Flushing, Queens,
  Fresh Pond Crematory, Middle Village, Queens,
  All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens,
  Maple Grove Cemetery, Jamaica, Queens,
  Mount Olivet Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens,
  Mount Judah Cemetery, Ridgewood, Queens,
  Mount Saint Mary Cemetery, Flushing, Queens,
  Mount Zion Cemetery, Maspeth, Queens,
  St John's Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens,
  St Michael's Cemetery, Astoria, Queens,
 

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