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More About LDS Film Distribution
July 14, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Their press release:

Family History Microfilm Discontinuation

 

On September 1, 2017, FamilySearch will discontinue its microfilm distribution services.  (The last day to order microfilm will be on August 31, 2017.)

The change is the result of significant progress made in FamilySearch’s microfilm digitization efforts and the obsolescence of microfilm technology.

• Online access to digital images of records allows FamilySearch to reach many more people, faster and more efficiently.

• FamilySearch is a global leader in historic records preservation and access, with billions of the world’s genealogical records in its collections.

• Over 1.5 million microfilms (ca. 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including the most requested collections based on microfilm loan records worldwide.

• The remaining microfilms should be digitized by the end of 2020, and all new records from its ongoing global efforts are already using digital camera equipment.

• Family history centers will continue to provide access to relevant technology, premium subscription services, and digital records, including restricted content not available at home.

Digital images of historical records can be accessed today in 3 places on FamilySearch.org under Search.

• Records include historical records indexed by name or organized with an image browse.

• Books include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries.

• Catalog includes a description of genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, etc.) in the FamilySearch collection.

When approved by priesthood leaders, centers may continue to maintain microfilm collections already on loan from FamilySearch after microfilm ordering ends. Centers have the option to return microfilm that is available online or otherwise not needed. As more images are published online, centers may reevaluate whether to retain microfilm holdings.

Family Search Making Changes
June 28, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Family Search is changing their policy of ordering microfilm from their family history centers.  August 31, 2017 will be the last day that you can request microfilm from their collection.
 
 
Woodmere is NOT Burying Headstones!
June 18, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
I received an email from someone who has posted information on FindAGrave.  She was informed by someone that Woodmere Cemetery was burying headstones to make mowing easier.  If you know me, I have not been a fan of FindAGrave for some time, and now I have another reason to support that.  Trying to get people to get their facts straight is something that is challenging.  Many, many, MANY years ago, the cemetery was purchased by a lawn maintenance company.  THEY were the ones that, at that time, deliberately knocked over monuments so that they would not have to trim around them.  Once buried, it created an 'empty' field where simply using mowers was all it took to mow the grass in one sweep.  Weedwackers were not required.  HOWEVER, the current owners of Woodmere Cemetery now does not do that.  When family find that their loved ones have monuments or headstones buried, they can be uncovered and raised by the grounds crew at no charge.  But please research what you are about to post before you get people in an uproar over things that are not true. 
Happy Memorial Day to You
May 27, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
It is a constant parade at Woodmere Memorial Day weekend.  How wonderful to know that those who fought for us have not been forgotten.  There will be a military tribute Monday for those who are interested honoring specifically a few noted war heroes.  This is open to the public.  There are many soldiers at Woodmere who either gave their lives in the wars or lived to tell their heartpulling stories about life in the war zones.  Eddie Slovik was executed for desertion in WWII.  He is buried in the Ferndale section next to his wife who died 30+ years later.  There is James Vernor who lost an eye in the Civil War but lived to come home to invent Vernor's Ginger Ale.  You can find him in section D.  James Vreeland, a Civil War soldier, was buried elsewhere but years ago was reburied at Woodmere in section South Lake.  There are the Schultz'--parents of the young soldier, Howard, who helped raise the flag on Iwo Jima.  He is in section Parkview.  While in section Parkview, you will find PFC Earl Zimmer.  Earl died when the Marines landed on Guam and he was buried at sea.  There is a memorial grave there for him. So walk the grounds.  You will find many headstones giving the branches and ranks of many of our brave whose lives, now gone, are not forgotten.  Flags will dot the cemetery and it could not be a better tribute form them than that.
Vernor's--Just Not the Same
May 18, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
We had a great time last Saturday driving and walking around Woodmere hearing and telling stories of those whose last residence is now at the cemetery.  Some gravesites are always visited, and that includes that of James Vernor, the creator of Vernor's Ginger Ale.  All through the years, we remember the 'barrel aged 4 years' tagged on the can or bottle.  Then it changed to 3 years, then 6 months.  The last I remember, it simply said barrel aged.  Now, they don't even say that.  That could be because the formula is simply that: a formula.  The ingredients for the regular Ginger Ale says carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup (one of the worst things you can put into your body), citric acid, sodium benoate (preservative), caramel color, natural and artificial flavors.  The diet version is even worse:  carbonated water, aspartame (that certainly has been in the news and not for being nutritional), citric acid, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preservative), natural and artifical flavors, potassium citrate. PHENYLKETONURICS: CONTAINS PHENYLALANINE.  Poor James.  I am sure that noise we heard was him turning over in his grave.  Shame on the American Bottling Company for allowing such a change in the recipe.  Not an ounce of ginger in sight. 
Abandoned Places, Abandoned Records
March 20, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
This is not the first article I have read about abandoned funeral homes or even churches or cemeteries. 
http://www.metrojacksonville.com/article/2016-jan-inside-an-abandoned-downtown-funeral-home  What disturbs me is that so many of these places can be the source that may solve a mystery or two for genealogists.  Old businesses, old buildings, old records--all provide significant information that help us construct our ancestors' lives.  A record book, at one time, in Woodmere's records gave places of birth.  There were a couple where a state or country was not given, but instead, for place of birth it said 'Atlantic Ocean.'  What a find if one had been searching all over for a birth record.  It may be up to us to rescue these records (following the proper procedures)--they can be donated to museums, libraries, historical societies, etc.
 
Woodmere Photographs Stolen
February 4, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
It is a very sad day when photographs of the cemetery displayed in its buildings are stolen.  Fortunately, they are duplicates but for someone to have the audacity to take something that does not belong to them and to deny others seeing what the cemetery looked like so many decades ago is very disgusting.  To have to lock everything down is absurd.  Who knows who took them?  Was it the person who inquired about the history of the cemetery?  Was it the person who is writing about a somewhat famous person buried here and stole them for their book?  I get inquiries all the time about Woodmere and its history but to steal something that is a pictoral history of this historic cemetery is so appaling.  So if you see these photographs (originally in black frames) or if you were the one who did it, please have the decency to put them back. 
A Funny Item in the Detroit Free Press
January 24, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
"A suicder at Laporte made a will leaving "his darned old wife the rope with which he hung himself."  The Detroit Free Press, February 8, 1873
1941 Death Certificates
January 23, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
At www.seekingmichigan.org, the 1941 death certificates are now available.
Handwriting Help
January 23, 2017 By: Gail Hershenzon
Trying to read old documents in a foreign language can be frustrating but rewarding when one is finally able to decipher the words.  There is a tutorial by Brigham Young University that can help in this area.  Go to https://script.byu.edu/Pages/home.aspx and click on the language with which you need help. 
Detroit's Woodmere Cemetery by Gail D. Hershenzon Image: Photo 6 Image: Photo 2 Image: Vintage Family Photo 2 Image: Photo 3 Image: Photo 1 Michigan Memorial Park by Gail D. Hershenzon