New York State Funeral Directors Association

View of the Elks Lodge, Tacoma, Washington. Photo by John Margolies

The church in the rural, thinly-populated area filled up quickly before the funeral.

There was only room to stand when ceremonies began for a man who was clearly beloved by many.

Halfway through the service, I realized why so many people were there.

The NYS Capitol

He was known as a friendly, cheerful man, and Samuel J. Abbott’s actions showed a dedication to nation, state and community.

Though the Civil War veteran died on the job working for New York, it took more than a century for his home state to formally recognize him.

Image of Earth as seen from the Moon

A renewed push to send people further out into space is making for exciting times for lovers of modern science.

Thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, these exciting times are also giving people of modest means the chance to leave their legacy in space.

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.

Video: Family History

Today, resources are becoming more widely available, giving people the ability to learn exciting stories about their ancestors. Find 14 great tips on the Blog.


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