New York State Funeral Directors Association

Lighting a memorial candle

Several positive actions were taken on behalf of New York State’s forgotten dead in 2017 – steps that begin to restore dignity to the lives of 19th Century citizens who played an important role as early residents of the Empire State.

Some who were dug up for development, were formally recognized and re-buried.

Others, who were buried without markers and forgotten for decades, were given back their names and memorialized.

Delicious foods, intriguing tales and inspiration await many people unaware of their family history.

October – recognized as National Family History Month – gives all of us an opportunity to learn more about who we are and where we came from.

When your loved one is diagnosed with a terminal illness, it can seem like the world is crumbling down around you.

You may be feeling overwhelmed or helpless, but there are ways that you can help to ease your loved one’s passing and make it as painless as possible.

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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