This photo is from Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Visit the cemetery’s page at Find-a-Grave, including a map.
An early spring photo from St. Mary’s Cemetery in Port Washington, Wisconsin. With the leafless trees and gentle blue sky, it’s a mix between beautiful and a sinister this time of the year.
Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee is one of the city’s most famous cemeteries. Though, I have no family buried there, Laura Ann at “Dreaming About Home” wrote up a nice post about her trip to Calvary Cemetery.
I ran across a show on Netflix about cemeteries that was definitely interesting. Any of you out there with Netflix access may enjoy it. It is also available for “Instant Streaming” so you can either watch it on your PC directly or any other device you use for that (like the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3.)
It’s called Rick Sebak: A Cemetery Special from 2005. Netflix’s descriptions says:
Writer-producer Rick Sebak serves as your tour guide for this hourlong journey through America’s most notable cemeteries, examining the history and artistry of headstones, crypts, monuments and family plots. Stopping in Florida, Alaska and numerous points in between, this fascinating program explores humans’ diverse methods for honoring the departed — and the myriad ways in which graveyards relate to modern culture.
It’s an interesting look at this history of modern-day cemeteries and a nice tour of some of the country’s more popular locations.
This site gets few updates during this time of the year. I can’t really do much cemetery research or photography due to the bitter cold and covering of snow. But, I will be back come Spring since I usually have some backlog of stuff I need to check out. Happy Winter!
I found this tombstone when I was visiting St. Francis Borgia Cemetery in Cedarburg, Ozaukee Co., Wisconsin.
Here is one of my favorite photos.
It was taken a few years ago at Forest Home Cemetery in Milwaukee. I had gone in the fall and the colors make it look really beautiful and peaceful. The cemetery itself has a lot of visuals like this due to the fact that it is very large and full of large trees and monuments. Unfortunately, I took the photo a long time ago on an old camera and I no longer have the original. This one is in decent condition, but I wish I had a larger, higher-quality one.
I chose to do a multiple tombstone post. This is a view across part of Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A lot of my Polish ancestors are buried here including my ZALEWSKI, TROKA and SZULTA family. It literally looks like a “City of the Dead” as it goes on and on.
If anyone happens to have ancestors buried in the Cedarburg, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin area, you’re in luck. I just noticed that Cedarburg has most of their cemetery records available online. This only includes city cemeteries, not church-related cemeteries (with included Find-A-Grave links.)
- Immanuel Cemetery
- Zur Ruhe Cemetery
- Hilgen Cemetery
- Cedarburg Cemetery
- Immanuel Heritage Cemetery
- Founder’s Park
The records (as of this writing) are from October 2007. They include maps of some of the cemeteries and also much information on the burials. For the burials, it includes: burial date, name (include first, last, middle initial), birth date, death date, cemetery, section, lot, and grave number.