New York State Funeral Directors Association

Image of Columbarium Where Ashes are Stored

Genealogy websites are a good way to find family you didn’t know about. Obituaries and searches of cemeteries are another way to find relatives.

But what about long-lost relatives who were cremated and whose ashes were never picked up by family members?

View of depicts travel of Ed Munger's DNA from Europe to America

A long-neglected burial site has found friends – and family – brought together after a fortunate set of circumstances.

Finding out you are a descendant of an important local figure is remarkable.

Learning their burial site is neglected and all-but forgotten, is another.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, DC. Photo from the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress.

Some people ask that memorial contributions be made to charities and other good causes after they pass away.

And when those who remember them take this step, they can truly say they’ve made an impact on the world.

But only for one person’s birthday is there an annual holiday that gives millions of people a day off of work: Martin Luther King Jr.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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