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Bill Bourbeau (#47387362)
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I'm a middle school English teacher that spends "spare" time conducting genealogical research. I have spent lots of time in the Forest Hill and Laurel Hill cemeteries, but recently focused most of my efforts at St. Bernard's and St. Joseph's.

Please feel free to use photos that I take for whatever purpose you choose. However, any and all photos must include proper source information in the citation. This allows other researchers to maintain the integrity of the research process.

I often have additional and/or higher quality images, and sometimes additional information, for many of the memorials. Please contact me if interested.

Please note that although I strive to take the best possible quality photos, I occasionally upload pictures that I plan to replace in the future.

I generally create memorials with the same spelling used on the marker, when one exists. Additional information, such as names of parents, also utilize information/spelling as seen on the primary sources.

Several gravestones at Laurel Hill no longer stand where they were first erected. Several factors, including erosion and vandalism, have led to these stones being placed in seemingly random locations. I try to document both where these stones are now, and where they should be.
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finnlin
Re: Forest Hill Memorial Transfer Request
Many thanks, Bill!
Added by finnlin on Sep 18, 2014 5:27 PM
SimonRousseau
Control please! :)
Hi Bill.

Could it be possible to get control or at least, to allow me to add information on this virtual grave please : 134086208, 133871110, 133871101 and 134086224 .

Arthur Rousseau (134086208) as Vilbon Rousseau (136049818) as a father and Marie Croteau (136049818) as a mother. I just added those virtual graves tonight.

Arthur Rousseau (134086208) and Ferdinand are my great-great-grand-father's brothers (Édouard Rousseau - 136044830). I'm trying to make family links between the family who went to live in the US many decades ago and the one who stayed here in Québec.

Thank you and have a nice day!

Simon Rousseau
Added by SimonRousseau on Sep 17, 2014 8:40 PM
finnlin
Forest Hill Memorial Transfer Request
Do you mind transferring a family memorial (all 4 at same stone on Boxwood Ave at Forest Hill, Fitchburg) to me (#48309173):

Olga Koukkari Hirvi #130643657 (g-ma)
Isaac Hirvi # 130643648 (g-pa)
Sylvia C Hirvi Burnap # 130643700 (aunt)
Rodney F Burnap # 130643687 (uncle)

Many thanks!!
Added by finnlin on Sep 15, 2014 2:39 PM
307th Airborne Engineer Battalion
Thayer Baum
Thank you very much for adding a photo to the memorial page of Thayer Baum
Added by 307th Airborne Engineer B... on Sep 15, 2014 7:25 AM
paul houle
Francis R. Brunette
Mr. Bourbeau-

I travelled to MA this past summer and cleaned off the headstone of my great-uncle Francis R. Brunette. I have been trying to find his military records through the military but have had no luck. In your notation, you wrote about the application for the headstone. Where did you find the application?

Paul Houle
houlpau@aol.com
Added by paul houle on Sep 13, 2014 7:35 AM
PCgolfgrl
picture of headstone
Thank you Bill. He was my gg grandfather.
Added by PCgolfgrl on Sep 12, 2014 8:34 PM
Kitty
looking for family
My great grandfather is either buried in forest hills or saint bernard's cemetery. His name is Thomas M. McCann and he was born 1887 I believe. he died in 1961. When you are in any of these two cemeteries if you could see if you could find him that would be a great help. My family seems to take up a good bit of space there. before I forget if you see his dad and mom-Patrick McCann and Mary Murray or McCann and could put a memorial on here for them that would be great. Daniel McCann seems to be one of there youngest sons and Thomas's younger brother if you were wondering why im contacting you. Thanks for any help you can provide it is duely appreciated.
Added by Kitty on Sep 11, 2014 4:38 AM
Natalie Deveney
RE: Gokey Headstone
Bill,
Thank you so much for posting this photo. I don't know if the lot and range are mixed up that I gave you - I was going by the info that the cemetery office gave me. This is the headstone I was hoping existed. When I saw the size of the gravestone for Harvey I thought perhaps the other side might have the info for my great grandparents,grandmother and her sister. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you taking and posting this photo. Thank you again.
Regards,
Natalie Deveney
Added by Natalie Deveney on Sep 10, 2014 12:45 PM
Natalie Deveney
Gokey Headstone
Hello Bill, I live in Pennsylvania and my grandmother, great grandfather and great grandmother are buried in St. Bernard's in Fitchburg. I don't know when I will be able to get up there and was wondering if the next time you were at St. Bernard's you would take a photo of the their gravestone (if there is one). They are: Nathalie (Nettie) Gokey Thomas, Joseph B. Gokey and Rose Gokey. They are buried in Lot 11, Range 2, Graves 1, 2 and 3. I just saw the photo you took of the memorial gravestone for my great uncle, Harvey R. Gokey who was killed in World War I and buried in France. Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Regards,
Natalie Deveney
Added by Natalie Deveney on Sep 09, 2014 2:15 PM
Dawna
Ella Lowe
Thank you for the corrections. Your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.
Added by Dawna on Sep 07, 2014 9:47 PM
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