I volunteer at Oakwood Cemetery in Niagara Falls and I enjoy putting up memorials for our residents. I will gladly accept transfers for Oakwood folks, too. I will take good care of them.
I have some limited access to St. Mary's and Sacred Hearts Cemeteries, which are adjacent to Oakwood, although most of their records have been destroyed and the cemeteries are in ill repair.
St. Joseph's, Holy Trinity and Gate of Heaven (Lewiston) are not far away and within my travel range for photo requests. I will only take photo requests that already have grave section/area info because these are HUGE cemeteries. Call the cemetery office, tell them you are from far away and ask they provide you with the info so you can send someone else to get the photo. Most places will do one or two requests for FREE. After more than a couple, however, be prepared to pay some sort of fee.
Riverdale and Accacia Park will NOT process requests for Find A Grave photographers and are particularly unfriendly about it. Call them and get the grave location and put it in your photo request. These cemeteries want to charge photographers if they go in and ask for help. For one or two requests, they MIGHT do it over the phone for YOU. Remember: your family BOUGHT plots there. They work for YOU.
Visit my Virtual Cemetery "Oakwood's River Folks" for folks who have died stunting at The Falls or in The Niagara River and then stop by and say hi to my recently departed best friend, Eilean "Ellie" Lyonhil Donan in the Virtual Cemetery, "Beloved Friends".
St. Mary's Cemetery Here's some info I found about this cemetery. It's officially called St. Mary's cemetery. The south side is owned by St. Mary's of the Cataract church. The north side was St. Raphael (which burned) and then rebuilt as the Church of the Sacred Heart. Today it's again called St. Raphael. They bought the land from Oakwood.
I was told by the people at Gate of Heaven and Mt. Olivett cemeteries that this is parish owned. Each parish is responsible for the upkeep not the diocese.
It gets more confusing because half of a family might be buried at St. Mary's and another member of family might be at "Riverdale" (according to their obit) --but that person is probably NOT in Riverdale and actually in Gate of Heaven. The Diocese bought land from Riverdale.
There are a couple of lists (that were done in 1983-84) with the names of those buried at St. Mary's that I am working from.
Riverdale Cemtery, Lewiston NY Hi Scot! I have to take issue with your assessment of Riverdale Cemetery in your contributor bio, as regards their attitude towards Findagrave members. Several years ago, with previous office staff, that might have been accurate, but it is not consistent with my recent experience.
I have had a VERY POSITIVE experience with the current office manager. If you would like have more info to support this, please contact me at my personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the same time, I am pleased to acknowledge that I have also had a very positive experience with you and Pete Ames at Oakwood.
Hoping to hear from you by email. Best Regards, Ned
I found an obituary for your memorial on Mr. Alvarez in www.fultonhistory.com. Front page of the Niagara Falls Gazette, Friday May 6, 1932. It is QUITE interesting. It even has a photo of him.
Go to: http://fultonhistory.com/newspaper%208/Niagara%20Falls%20NY%20Gazette/Niagara%20Falls%20NY%20Gazette%201932%20Apr-Jun%20Grayscale/Niagara%20Falls%20NY%20Gazette%201932%20Apr-Jun%20Grayscale%20-%200169.pdf
RE: Jeremiah Irons I was going by information that an Irons family researcher had culled from his research. I've been mapping the Irons family that arrived in Massachusetts in the 1660s from England,and moved on to New York and then Michigan. It seems the Irons in Caldwell come from a man with the last name Irons who came from Ireland. I could be wrong as my research hasn't focused on any Missouri Irons people.