The Cemetery Project
 

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New York and New Jersey

  Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island

 

See the Museum's  cemetery map page for the actual grounds maps of many of the cemeteries mentioned below. Please note that the Museum does not possess any individual society plot maps, just maps of the cemetery grounds themselves. Please notify me if you are certain mistakes have been made with any of these listings at postmaster@museumoffamilyhistory.com .

Re your possible request for a photograph of a family matzevot (gravestone), you generally must send the cemetery a check before they will take a photo for you (assuming there is a fee.) Also, please be sure that the person you are interested in is actually buried in that particular cemetery-best to call or write the cemetery first. There are several cemeteries listed below that have searchable databases, where you can actually find the name, plot location, date of death and society name, but these are few and far between. There might be, e.g. many Louis Cohens buried in a large cemetery, so it is best to supply the cemetery with whatever information you can that will help them find the correct gravestone, e.g. the exact date of death, society name, plot location, etc.

Please see the individual cemetery policies below. These policies as such may be changed by the individual cemeteries at any time. It is always best to call or write to them first before sending in requests or checks as payment as the fees might change or there may be a change in policy. The cemeteries generally offer to photograph matzevot as a courtesy (even if it's for a fee) and should not be overwhelmed with multiple requests for photographs by any one individual. If their stated policy is that they will take a photograph at no cost to you, perhaps it is good form to offer to pay the cemetery something in a form of a donation. Cemeteries get very busy too, especially during planting season, and in order to have a photo taken they generally must send one of their workers out to the grave site to take these photos. Sometimes they may even have to take the time to clear the excess vegetation from in front of the gravestone before they can take a satisfactory photo. They are not fond of this, especially if there has been no annual or perpetual care paid for the gravesite. This also takes them away from their other work such as planting and the "perpetual care" that they must attend to. Many cemeteries generally prefer to take gravestone photos only for family members of the deceased who live too far away to visit or are too infirmed to come to the cemetery. Again, the only way to know the policy for sure is to ask the cemeteries themselves.

The mailing addresses are the same as the street addresses unless otherwise indicated. The two letters in parentheses represent the names of the individual cemeteries, and are used in various communications between the museum and the many researchers who visit this site.
 

Acacia Cemetery (AC)
83-84 Liberty Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417
718-845-9240
open 8-4 Sun-Fri
opened 1887 or 1891

Baron Hirsch Cemetery (BH)
1126 Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314-1503
718-698-0162

opened cir 1900
approx. 65,000 burials
They will take a Polaroid of each matzeva you want for ten dollars per and mail it out to you by regular mail.

Bayside Cemetery (BS)
80-35 Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417
212-874-7005
718-843-4840

Beth David Cemetery (BD)
300 Elmont Road, Elmont, NY 11003
516-328-1300
fax: 718-343-3762
est. 1917
approx. 190,000 burials
They have no website, but will take a photo for you, when they can, free of charge and mail it to you. It's best to telephone them to make your request.

Beth El Cemetery (BE)
Forest Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675
201-262-1100
mailing address: PO Box 329, Forest Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675
website-- www.cedarparkbethelcemeteries.com
They will take a photograph for you at no charge and send it to you by regular mail. Call them or write them to request a photograph.
Beth El is adjacent to Cedar Park Cemetery and they share the same cemetery office.

Beth Israel Cemetery (BI)
Route 1, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-634-2100
mailing address: PO Box 706, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
est. 1927
approx. 70,000 burials
no website
If you would like them to take a photograph of a gravestone for you, mail them a check for ten dollars per matzeva and they will take a Polaroid photo for you and mail it to you by regular mail.

Beth Moses Cemetery (BM)
Wellwood Avenue, Pinelawn, NY 631-249-2290
mailing address: PO Box 340, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
est. 1949
49,000 burials
adjacent to Wellwood Cemetery
no website
They will take a Polaroid for you of a matzeva and send it to you by regular mail if you live far away (i.e. say you live far away and they'll probably do it for you.)

Cedar Park Cemetery (CP)
Forest Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675
201-262-1100
mailing address: PO Box 329, Forest Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675
They have a website-- www.cedarparkbethelcemeteries.com. They will take a photograph of a matzevot for you at no charge and send it to you by regular mail. It is best to write them to make such a request. Cedar Park is adjacent to Beth El Cemetery and shares the same office.

Cypress Hills Cemetery (CH)
833 Jamaica Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Grove Street Cemeteries (GS)
Grove St., Newark, NJ

Hungarian Union Field (HU)
82-99 Cypress Avenue and Cypress Hills Street
Glendale, NY 11385
You can search the burial database for this cemetery by using the Mt. Carmel Cemetery database at www.mountcarmelcemetery.com . Mt. Carmel is supervising this nearby cemetery which is its Section 4.


King Solomon Cemetery (KS)
550 Dwas Line Road, Clifton, NJ 07014
973-473-5646
part of West Ridgelawn Cemetery
est. 1905 (present company running cemetery took over in 1930s)
approx. 40,000 burials
They will take a matzeva photograph for you without charge and send you a Polaroid by regular mail.

Knollwood Park Cemetery (KP)
57-80 Cooper Avenue
Ridgewood NY 11386
You can search the burial database for this cemetery by using the Mt. Carmel Cemetery database at www.mountcarmelcemetery.com . Mt. Carmel is supervising this nearby cemetery which is its Section 5.



Mokom Sholom Cemetery (MS)
80-07 Pitkin Avenue, Ozone Park, NY 11417
212-477-2221
718-845-6030 or 718-845-9240
est. 1865
The gates to the cemetery are generally locked. Don't ask. Call and tell them you want to visit a family gravesite and they will have someone unlock it for you at a designated time.

Montefiore Cemetery (OM)
121-83 Springfield Boulevard, Springfield Gardens, NY
718-528-1700
mailing address: PO Box 120098, St. Albans, NY 11412
est. 1908
approx. 149,000 burials
website/searchable database: www.montefiores.com/Montefiore/jewish-cemeteries-new-york/index.html.
They will charge you $7.50 per photo and will mail it to you by regular mail. You can try contacting them through their web site or call them for more details.
Please note that their computerized records so far go back, more or less, to 1935, even though they had their first burial in 1908. Without knowing the date of burial, they will first check their computer. If they have no luck, they will look for the individual burial card.

Mount Ararat (MA)
Route 109 and Southern State Parkway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757 (se this address for the delivery of Express Mail not delivered by the United States Post Office)
phone: 631-957-2277
mailing address: P.O. Box 355, Farmingdale, NY 11735
est. 1929, first burial 1931(though there are burials of folks who passed away as early as 1910 on their database, presumably reinterments from other cemeteries.)
more than 47,000 burials
website: www.mountararatcemetery.com (has searchable burial database)
Interestingly enough, according to their website: "There are no burial societies at Mount Ararat only private family plots. Only one upright family monument is permitted on each plot with the family name(s) engraved thereon. The memorial for each grave is made of granite and is set flush with the ground. There are no plantings permitted on the graves only grass, which is mowed by the cemetery staff at no charge to the families. There are no annual grave care bills at Mount Ararat."

They have a digital camera and will print out a gravestone photo for you using their printer, i.e. the photo will printed on plain, white 20-lb. paper, not photographic paper. They are not set up to e-mail you such photos. They won't charge you for taking a photo, but I don't think they are very anxious to take such photos, unless it is absolutely necessary. So please be prudent in your requests. If they do take a gravestone photo for you, I would of course suggest that you make a small contribution to the cemetery as a courtesy, even if there is no charge for such services.

Mount Carmel Cemetery (MC)
83-45 Cypress Hill Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385
718-366-5900
mailing address: Call 276, PO Box 860093, Ridgewood 11386
est. 1902
approx. 85,000 burials. First burial 28 December 1906.
website: www.mountcarmelcemetery.com (has searchable burial database)
The burial data for nearby Hungarian Union Fields Cemetery is now available as part of the Mount Carmel cemetery database.  Burials in the Hungarian Cemetery show up as being in "Section 4" of Mount Carmel. The burial data for nearby Knollwood Park Cemetery is also now online and included within the Mount Carmel database as their Section 5. However, most of the pre-2000 burials do not include the date of death (these dates are listed according to the default date of 1/1/1900).
The Mt. Carmel office will take a matzeva photo digitally for ten dollars per.
Mailing address: Call 276, PO Box 860093, Ridgewood, NY 11386

Mount Golda Cemetery (MG)
500 Old Country Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-427-2577
7,107 burials
They have a Polaroid camera in the office and can take a photo of a gravestone for you gratis, though you might offer to send them a donation, etc. The cemetery gates are always open.

Mount Hebron Cemetery (MH)
130-04 Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, NY 11367
718-939-9405
mailing address: PO Box 228, Flushing, NY 11352
est. 1909
approx. 217,000 burials
website address: www.mounthebroncemetery.com (has searchable cemetery database)
At present, the cemetery will only take gravestone photos for elderly folks who live far away. They have been inundated with requests, especially by us genealogists who are requesting ten or twelve photos at a time. This is also high season for cemeteries too as this is the planting season, and the time they have available to take these photos are very limited. This also holds true even if you offer to pay them to take a photo(s) for you.
What's unusual about this cemetery's website is that there is a search engine on the site where you can actually look up a deceased and if successful, you will get their surname, given name, cemetery location, society name and date of death. How about that? There is a "Quick Search" option on the main page, then once you click on the "Search" button, if there is more than one listing, e.g. for a particular surname, you will get more advanced options, such as the ability to search by any or all of the following: surname, given name, date of death (month/year), block, reference (i.e. gate number) or society name. My hat's off to them for this. They've provided a great service for us all.

Mount Judah Cemetery (MJ)
Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385
718-821-1060
fax: 718-381-1551
mailing address: PO Box 860177, Ridgewood, NY 11386
est. 1908, first burial 1912
approx. 54,000 burials
website: www.mountjudah.com (has searchable database)
They will take a digital photo of a matzevot for you and mail it to you by regular mail. The charge is now fifteen dollars per photo.

Mount Lebanon Cemetery (New Jersey) (NL)
 Gill Lane, Iselin, NJ 08830
732-283-1010
mailing address: PO Box 135, Iselin, NJ 08830
est. 1910
approx. 28,000 burials
no website
They will take a digital photo of a matzeva for you for five dollars per and send it to you by regular mail.

Mount Lebanon Cemetery (New York) (ML)
7800 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385
718-821-0200 
est. 1915
website: www.mountlebanoncemetery.com
They now have an online searchable database.
They will take either a Polaroid or digital photo for you for fifteen dollars per and mail it to you either by regular mail or e-mail (your choice).

Mount Moriah Cemetery (MM)
685 Fairview Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022
201-943-6163
fax: 201-943-7002
mailing address: PO Box 37, Fairview, NJ 07022
est. 1910
approx. 25,700 burials
website: http://www.mountmoriahcemeteryofnewjersey.org (has searchable burial database)
More good news--their website allows you to do a search for an individual burial or organization. The search for organization will only take you to the cemetery map with the section highlighted, but the individual search will allow you to search by last name or first name. The results, if successful, will yield the person's last name, first name, date of burial, organization and section and will highlight the section for you on an overall grounds map.
They will take a Polaroid photo for you for eight dollars per and mail it out to you by regular mail.

Mount Neboh Cemetery (MN)
82-07 Cypress Hills Street, Glendale, NY 11385
718-366-4141
est. 1888
approx. 15,000-2000 burials
no website
They will take a Polaroid photo for you for a fee of five dollars per and send it to you by regular mail.

Mount Richmond Cemetery (MR)
420 Clarke Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10306
718-667-0915
est. 1909
Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 9:00 - 3:45, Friday: 9:00 - 1:00, Sabbath: Closed
The cemetery closes early on the day preceding the Sabbath and Jewish holidays.
The cemetery is closed on the Sabbath and on all Jewish holidays. 

Mount Richmond Cemetery was opened in 1909, in response to the need for more graves for New York’s indigent Jewish community.  Currently, the Hebrew Free Burial Association buries approximately 300 Jews a year, and nearly 60,000 Jews have been buried since Mt. Richmond’s inception.
For genealogical requests, contact the Hebrew Free Burial Association. 
There is a minimum donation of $18 requested for each genealogical query.
This cemetery, along with Mt. Richmond Cemetery, is owned and operated by the Hebrew Free Burial Association, 224 W 35th Street Room 300, New York, NY 10001.

phone: (212) 239-1662   Fax: (212) 239-1981

e-mail: info@hebrewfreeburial.org   
website: http://www.hebrewfreeburial.org

Mount Zion Cemetery (MZ)
59-63 54th Avenue, Maspeth, NY 11378
718-335-2500
PO Box 355, Maspeth, NY 11378
est. 1893
approx. 200,000 burials
website: www.mountzioncemetery.com (has searchable burial database)
They will take a digital photograph for you, print it out on photographic paper to about a 3 1/2 x 5 size and mail it out to you by regular mail. All now for only fifteen dollars. Contact Karen in the cemetery office at kareng@mountzioncemetery.com .

New Montefiore Cemetery (NM)
Wellwood Avenue, Pinelawn, NY
631-249-7000
212-730-7676
mailing address: PO Box 130, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
est. 1928
approx. 131,000 burials
website/searchable database: www.montefiores.com/newMontefiore/jewish-cemeteries-new-york/index.html.
They will charge you ten dollars per photo. They prefer that you call them first so they can check their computer to confirm the burial. Then you'll send them a check for the proper amount, they will photograph the matzeva for you and mail it to you by regular mail.

New Mount Zion Cemetery (NZ)
742 Rutherford Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07071
201-438-1612
est. 1882
approx. 20,000-40,000 burials
part of the non-sectarian Hillside Cemetery
no website
They will take a photograph for you for free from a disposable camera, but then you must wait until they use up the camera until they will mail it to you by regular mail. Or you can send them a disposable camera and they will send the camera back to you after they take your photos.

Riverside Cemetery (RI)
12 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
201-843-7600
fax 201-843-5268
est. 1906
approx. 64,000 burials
website: www.riversidecemetery.org
There is a searchable database for this cemetery which can be found at the following URL: www.riversidecemetery.org/index.html . They will take a matzeva photo for you at no charge and send it to you by regular mail. You can contact them through their website or by calling them.

Silver Lake Cemetery (SL)
926 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10301
By appointment only.
Please call Mt. Richmond Cemetery, 718-667-0915, to schedule an appointment.
Est. 1892
Silver Lake Cemetery was the first cemetery used by the Hebrew Free Burial Association to bury New York’s indigent Jews.  For the next seventeen years, close to 15,000 Jews from New York’s Lower East Side were buried on this gently inclined hillside. Some days saw the interment of over a dozen individuals, mostly children.
For genealogical requests, contact the Hebrew Free Burial Association. 
There is a minimum donation of $18 requested for each genealogical query.
This cemetery, along with Mt. Richmond Cemetery, is owned and operated by the Hebrew Free Burial Association, 224 W 35th Street Room 300, New York, NY 10001.

phone: (212) 239-1662   Fax: (212) 239-1981

e-mail: info@hebrewfreeburial.org   
website: http://www.hebrewfreeburial.org

Union Field Cemetery (UF)
82-11 Cypress Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385
718-366-3748
est. 1854
approx. 40,000 burials
website: www.unionfieldcemetery.org
If you would like a matzeva photo, please contact the cemetery office through their new website. The fee is five dollars per photo for a Polaroid (ten dollars for a digital photo though they cannot e-mail the photo to you).

United Hebrew Cemetery (UH)
122 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10306
mailing address: P.O. Box #6, Staten Island, NY 10306
718-351-0230
est. 1908
approx. 40,000 burials
no website
They will digitally photograph matzevot for you and either send it to you by regular mail or by e-mail (of course, you must send you e-mail address to them with the check). The charge is twenty-three dollars for the first photo and $5.25 for each additional. Mailing address: 122 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, NY 10306.

Washington Cemetery (WA)
5400 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204
718-377-8690
est. 1861
no website
They will Polaroid photo of the matzeva you request for a fee of eleven dollars per and mail it to you by regular mail.
Mailing address: 5400 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204
For eleven dollars per matzeva, sent to the cemetery office by check, they will send you a Polaroid by regular mail.

Wellwood Cemetery (WW)
Wellwood Avenue, Pinelawn, NY
631-249-2300
PO Box 340, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
est. 1935
no website
They will take a Polaroid for you of a matzeva and send it to you by regular mail if you live far away, etc. Their mailing address is the same as the adjacent Beth Moses Cemetery, i.e. PO Box 340, Wellwood Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

 

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