Wednesday, May 20, 2009

New York State Division of Cemeteries

I just stumbled upon the New York State Division of Cemeteries which contains some fascinating information.  I was reading an article in today's New York Times entitled Who Wants To Buy A Cemetery? and not only discovered the website but also some interesting facts:

- New York is one of a handful of states where it is illegal to have a for-profit cemetery; all cemeteries must be run as non-profit organizations;

- New York does not allow a surcharge for winter burials; and

- you can hold fundraisers but they can't include games of chance (i.e., raffles).

One interesting note on the main page would be of interest to genealogists and fellow Graveyard Rabbits:

"Have an interested person write an historical article for publication about your cemetery. Include the fact that the cemetery is organized as a Not- for- Profit Cemetery Corporation and is dependent on volunteers (lot owners) for service on the Board of Directors and in the cemetery for cleanup; and, if applicable, ask for donations."

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