The Potsdam Public Museum archives hold a number of cemetery records
and interments compiled by individuals and groups over the years. As in
all cemetery records PLEASE note there are great inconsistencies.
Some records are transcribed from interment records and many times
interment records were made by a local gravedigger who could not always
read or write. Other times records were written down by groups or
families with persons of various abilities to read and write. Stones
were often times illegible and some of the information was a guess, yet,
there is no record that information was questioned. Other records may
have been made by gravestone rubbings. These deteriorate with acid rain,
moss, freezing and thawing, sand and wind.
Sometimes, you will find an incorrect date or spelling of a name on a
gravestone and dismiss it as the wrong person. Be careful dismissing
such information as many times the information given to the person doing
the inscription was written in longhand and the stone carver read it as
best possible. When the family discovered the mistake " written in
stone", it was too late. With limited finances, not every family could
justify a new stone.
When compiling records, especially from the twentieth century and
before, keep in mind that census records, cemetery records, gravestones,
marriage licenses, birth and death records may vary a bit with spelling
and dates. Make notes of where you find such records for posterity.
Keep an open mind and use variations of spellings.
For local cemetery records available online go to our downloads section on your left.
Our goal is to make these records available online in the future.
The following link will take you to:
Anne Cady's Cemetery Records in St. Lawrence County, NY
The following cemetery records are at the POTSDAM PUBLIC MUSEUM in our Archives:
St. Mary’s Catholic (New and Old)
The Political Graveyard, St. Lawrence County, NY