Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Hart Island Project

I recently learned about the Hart Island Project and its Traveling Cloud Museum.  Hart Island occupies 101 acres in Long Island Sound at the eastern edge of the Bronx borough of New York City. It is the largest tax funded cemetery in the world. 

One million people have been buried on Hart Island anonymously. The website now features names of those buried on the island since 1980. There is an easy search function in which to find whether your family member is there. The Project’s Traveling Cloud Museum is looking for stories/information to accompany the names.

Even if you don't have family buried there, please visit the page. The information and the photos are heart wrenching. 

The Hart Island Project is a wonderful gift to family historians. I remain hopeful that one day the name of my great-grandmother, Catherine Nunn, who died 12 May 1917 will be listed, if indeed that is where she is buried.That mystery remains.

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