Cemetery records index: St. Agnes, Menands (NY)

If you have ancestors who lived in New York’s Capital District, you might well find some research joy in this exciting cemetery indexing project by the volunteers of the Troy Irish Genealogy Society.

TIGS has been transcribing the interment books of St. Agnes Roman Catholic Cemetery in Menands, N.Y., just outside of Albany. So far, two volumes of records are online, encompassing the years 1868 to 1910. Book I (1868-82), which went online in November of last year, contains 3,427 names. Recently, Book II (1883-1910) became available, containing 6,073 names. Book III is in progress, with over 12,000 names.

The records are a snapshot of the Albany-area melting pot, according to information from TIGS project coordinator Bill McGrath. For instance, the clear majority of burials listed in Book II were people born in Albany, followed closely by those born in Ireland. Immigrants from 13 other countries are represented in the records, including England, Germany, Italy and Canada.

The indexes on the TIGS site will give you a last and first name of the deceased, date of death, age, and the book number and page number of their interment entry.

TIGS also provides a printable request form that can be sent to the cemetery requesting the full interment listing for $5. Information available on the complete listing includes deceased’s place of birth, place of death, address of last residence, burial date, lot/section numbers and in some cases, the undertaker’s name. It could be well worth sending for, if you find a match in the online index.

Having visited there once, I can agree that St. Agnes is a beautiful example of the rural cemetery movement, all gently rolling hills and serene vistas. And it’s also a place of rest for thousands. I have a feeling quite a few researchers will be reconnecting with their Capital District roots because of this project.  McGrath and his team of volunteers have a lot to be proud of!

2 Comments on “Cemetery records index: St. Agnes, Menands (NY)”

  1. Susan Wiener says:

    Looking for gve of William Harmon died 1925, Anastasia Harmon died 1899 and her sister Nellie (Helen )Wolohan or Wollohan did unknown. . They are all buried in the same plot but can’t find them listed. Can you help me please

    • Dear Susan,
      William’s death (1925) falls outside the date range of the TIGS index, which extends to 1912. Assuming your information is correct about all three burials being in the same plot, it might be that earlier burials were moved to that plot at a date later than 1912.

      If you have an exact date of death for any one of these people, try contacting the cemetery office directly. I have had cases where I was asking for one specific person, and the complete burial card listing contained unexpected names and dates that helped extend the family tree.

      If you do not have any exact dates of death (or at least months and years of death), you have some digging to do. Try searching the fultonhistory.com index of Old NY Newspapers for a relevant death notice. Obituaries often mentioned burial locations.

      Also, if you find a death notice you then have a death date that will help you locate a death certificate, which should confirm the cemetery location and again, make it much easier for the cemetery office to locate a burial card.

      Hope this helps. Good luck in your search!

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