Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Visiting the Family
There is an old joke, a guy says I will have to stop by and visit your father, and the punch line is "you better take a shovel, he has been dead for a year." Well I decided to go visit my Great-grandparents on my paternal side, and they have been dead 59 and 61 years, and I needed a shovel. The markers are sinking into the ground and overgrown with grass. But I did find them. I had never been there, my father was not one for visiting cemeteries, and the neighborhood on the Northeast side of Detroit is a bit rough.
Sorting through my parents papers I found copies of the funeral notices, from that identified the cemetery. I called ahead, and was told that someone would email me a map. The map didn't arrive, I imagine they get a lot of calls like that. So I showed up. The person was quite nice, finding the location, marking a map and saying you may find them hard to locate.
If not for my great-uncle Robert who was buried 1993, I might not have found my great-grandparents. The map showed me they were next to Robert. The grass was thin over the markers, a little digging and I was able to uncover enough to verify that I was in the right place. Rest in peace Benjamin and Margaret.
Have you dug up any relatives in your travels?