Washington Cemetery, the largest Jewish graveyard in Brooklyn, has no land left for new burial plots. Other cemeteries in the city are in similar straits.
The New York Times reports that some New York cemeteries are running out of room, and with plots becoming scarce, their prices are on the rise. As as genealogist, I am wondering if the record-keeping can keep up with the situation.
I’ve noticed when I’m researching my Chicago relatives’ plots, the cemeteries are usually very eager to point out which ones still have room. Now I know why!
On 24 Aug 1907, my Norwegian great-grandmother bought a very large plot (148 sf) in Chicago’s Mt. Olive Cemetery for $65. The cemetery guy kept telling me how incredibly cheap that was, but I know that $65 to my hard-working immigrant family was a fantastic sum of money.