Posted by: downtothesea | January 22, 2010

Follow Friday: A Blog Dedicated to “American Funeralia?” What’s Not To Love?

Another week, another post, blog, and resource to share.  Without further ado…


I have been loving Donna’s (What’s Past Is Prologue) five-part blog series “Cousins, Countries, and War: The Bavarian Military Rosters.”  Donna’s Bavarian ancestor Josef Bergmeister had always been a bit of a mystery to her until recently unveiled its new collection of Bavarian World War I military personnel rosters.  It’s been thrilling to read along as Donna uncovers the life and death of her “personal unknown soldier,” Josef.  I have looked forward eagerly to each new installment!


Stephen Mills (Stephen’s History and Genealogy blog) is the blogger behind the tremendously interesting A Land of Deepest Shade, a blog dedicated to “American funeralia, post-mortem photography, mourning customs, and cemeteries.”  His article on memorial cabinet cards is particularly fascinating.  Thanks to this blog, we genealogists and family historians are now able to gain greater insight into the diverse mourning customs of our relatives and ancestors.  A great read!


As readers may know, I have ancestors on both the American and Canadian side of the Niagara River–that is, in both the city of Niagara Falls, New York, and the city of Niagara Falls, Ontario.  The Niagara Falls Public Library in ONTARIO has a wonderful website that is chock full of great information and resources for anyone who has family in either city!  Check out their list of local history resources (though be warned:  the main menu of the site has been tending to do strange things with one’s cursor).  Also of great interest is their gigunda digital images archive, full of photos and fully searchable.  Another resource I discovered on the site last night is their digital newspaper index collection.  Would you believe with one search I located an obit I had been looking for since the summer?

Happy link-hopping!



  1. Thanks for the shout-out! Glad you enjoyed the story…

    • My pleasure, Donna! Great reading!

  2. Very interesting Follow Friday. Thank you for sharing these items of interest!

    Bill 😉
    Author of “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”

  3. Hi, Amy, and thanks for mentioning my blogs. I appreciate your remarks and enjoy your work, also. I have a new post up regarding my c1897 memorial card catalog from the National Memorial Company of Northfield, Vermont. Thanks again, Stephen

    • Great news! Running over now to read your update!

  4. I love the way you’ve taken the Follow Friday concept and improved it.

    I’d love to see everyone adopt this format. It and your choices rock!


    • Thanks, fM! I’ve always had a hard time picking “just one” of anything, so this format gave me the leeway I needed!

  5. Thanks for this FF.

  6. I discovered the Niagara Falls Public Library a few years ago. It is amazing. If you find an entry in the newspaper index and email the info to the librarian they will scan it and attach the image to the entry so it is viewable online. Love the follow Friday format as well.

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