New York State Funeral Directors Association

Hundreds of people lined a New York City street and watched in horror as smoke and fire spewed from an iconic building.

Victims leaped from windows trying to escape the fast-moving flames.

What sounds like a scene from the September 11 terror attacks actually took place more than a century ago as the St. Patrick’s Day Parade made its way down Fifth Avenue.

Art in Loving Memory Memorial for Chrissy Rossi

A young mother reaches towards the sky to touch tree branches forming the shape of a heart – a young girl looks down from the heavens.

The child in the painting represents Heather, a vibrant youngster claimed by a brain tumor at the early age of five.

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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