Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Finding the Pattison Family!

Sunday was a blur as I sat down to work on our family history.  Immediately I was sucked into a shaky leaf on Ambrose Pattison's name.  There it was - his death date!  All through a connection on www.findagrave.com!  That website has been a treasure trove for me as I can often estimate a birth date through the census. But the death dates have been elusive.  So here we have the marker for Phil's 3rd great-grandfather's family.  I found Jesse Pattison, his wife Zelia and many of their children, including Ambrose.  They are buried at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York.  One exciting piece was seeing the name of a sister to Phil's great-grandmother that we didn't know about.  I am grateful to all those contributors who trudge through the cemeteries, take the photos, upload and carefully record the data.  It was a thrill to find so many ancestors for Phil's grandfather, Nelson Pattison Palmer.


  1. I think it would be fun to systematically record and photograph old cemeteries. It is so exciting to find ancestors graves when they have been buried in places not easily traveled.

  2. I believe that is what FindAGrave and BillionGraves is attempting to do. Ancestry is connected to FindAGrave. I have even received information about ancestors who were cremated and ashes scattered at a cemetery - so someone had to go into the office and record that information. It was invaluable! I'm waiting for better weather to get out and take pictures as requested through FindAGrave.