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Mount Sinai Cemetery - Is that Machpelah and, if so, how do you find a grave?
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Allan Jordan
2018-01-14 19:11:15 UTC
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I am confused.

There was a cemetery in Queens New York called Mount Sinai. I think I just
figured out that it is part of or the older name for Machpelah Cemetery.

Does anyone have any experience with Machpelah if I am correct that they are
the same. I believe it is abandon, so how do you locate graves?

Thank you.

Allan Jordan
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2018-01-16 04:34:33 UTC
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Post by Allan Jordan
Does anyone have any experience with Machpelah if I am correct that they are
the same. I believe it is abandon, so how do you locate graves?
Unfortunately, according to a post on Interment.net
http://www.interment.net/data/us/ny/queens/machpelah-cemetery.htm ,
there doesn't appear to be any way to obtain records from Machpelah.

Regards,
David Oseas

Researching:
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Allan Jordan
2018-01-16 18:38:50 UTC
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First off thanks to everyone who sent me messages in my search for the missing
cemetery. It's an interesting saga.

A few people have had a closed mind and because the cemetery name does not show
on the modern databases have said no it does not exist ...that I am wrong. But
many are also looking at the records and confused like me. Complicating the
saga are other cemeteries with the same name outside the New York City area.

The mystery starts with a 1912 death certificate that shows the burial as Mount
Sinai Cemetery. The family lived in Brooklyn.

None of the modern databases show the cemetery so I ended up going to the
newspapers of the era and sure enough I find a number of burials and articles
mentioning Mount Sinai Cemetery. But it seems to vanish in the papers or get
lost with the others of the same name.

I found the local authorities authorizing the cemetery operations in the 1880s
and that even gives a street name and a name of farm they would be converting.
I find mentions of the cemetery when the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory burns
because the union buys plots there for the victims and later puts a monument up
there. (I know that sounds like Mount Zion which has the burials and a memorial
to the fire.)

The best clue is I found a prominent rabbi buried at Mount Sinai in 1887 as well
as the names of various other people buried there. But I also found a newspaper
article talking about a city development and it says it is just behind Mount
Sinai Cemetery but the event it is describing happened at Mount Zion Cemetery.

I called Mount Zion and confirmed the rabbi is not there and they do not know of
a section or such being called Mount Sinai. I tried a few of the other names I
have and they do not show up in the database at Mount Zion either.

An online search points to the rabbi at Machpelah Cemetery and I called the
office there this morning and they confirmed his grave is in Machpelah but they
can not find the family I am looking for in the cemetery listing. They admit
that the various cemeteries sort of run together in that area of Queens.

Odd story of a forgotten cemetery. I don't have a final answer but I am closing
in on it. I will also check maps from the era to see if there are any
indications on them, but the missing link is what happened in the management of
the cemetery which the online newspapers seem to miss.

Allan Jordan
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Nancy L Reicher
2018-01-16 18:57:14 UTC
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Machpelah has no one on site but there is an office in Manhattan that handles
the business of several orphan cemeteries in the New York area. They have the
burial records of Machpelah. Its phone number is 718-366-5959.

This is the cemetery where Houdini and many of his family are buried. It is
quite a site to see. The gal in the office was very helpful to me when I spoke
to her and asked for information about greatgrandfather and greatgrandmother's
burials. The best time to visit is around Memorial Day as they spruce up and
mow the cemetery for that Holiday.

Nancy L. Reicher
Kansas City MO
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Cammy Rubin
2018-01-18 18:34:42 UTC
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Post by Allan Jordan
Does anyone have any experience with Machpelah if I am correct that they are
the same. I believe it is abandon, so how do you locate graves?
This site has some graves documented by volunteers and you can make
requests; you will have to search for the names you are looking for,
they are marked on Google Maps for you:
https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Machpelah-Cemetery/70423 It is
possible someone before you may have requested a family that you are
looking for.

Cammy Rubin
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