Tombstone Tuesday – Plot Records

I decided to take advantage of a daily blogging prompt and write about the Anderson family.  I found this line interesting as I was researching my Great Uncle Tom’s side of the family.  Though only related by marriage, there were some interesting stories, pictures, and information.

I found out that my Great Uncle’s father, Thomas Anderson, was an only child, born to Katherine Cullom and John Anderson.  John and Kate were married in 1868 and she was a minor.  Unfortunately, the State of Illinois was unsuccessful at finding the permission document that her parents would have had to sign.  Oh well…but I digress, this is about Tombstone Tuesday.

I found that My Great Uncle’s father was married to Margaret Bowers.  I started to look for burial information on her.  A cousin mentioned that she thought that she was buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery, in Chicago, Illinois.

Main entrance

I must say that if anyone has ancestors buried in this cemetery, you are in luck.  This cemetery was extremely helpful and accommodating.  I learned something during my visit as well – which I will share with you.

Assume nothing.  I know that you know that, but really – assume nothing.

After I printed out the high level map at the kiosk (Catholic Cemeteries) of Margaret’s grave, I stopped by the front desk.  I asked the woman if she had a section map that I could use that had more detail.  She said that unfortunately, they didn’t really have section maps that could be copied, but would I want a copy of everyone in the plot?

WHAT?  OF COURSE, I WANT THAT!  Well, I didn’t burst out like that, I swear.

She prints this and hands it to me:

Anderson Plot

Conlin?  Who the heck are the Conlins?  10 people?  She states the stone also says Conlin. What?  Really?

I’m thoroughly confused.

The mystery began.  As far as I can tell, the Conlins were neighbors to the Andersons and they just decided to remain neighbors in the afterlife.    I have found no family tree connection to date, but you never know.  Without this information, I would have been roaming the cemetery, looking for an Anderson grave.  Even with the location, I would have walked right by it…and that’s a lot of real estate for 10 people!

Cullom_Anderson_Conlin Plots

Ever since that day, if I am visiting a cemetery, I do ask if they have plot records.  I have not been as successful as at Mount Olivet, but I have been able to sometimes obtain additional information that I might not have gotten had I not thought, known, or were too afraid to ask.

To my dismay, John Anderson does not seem to be buried in this plot.  That remains a mystery.  I know he died between the 1900 and 1910 census.  That case will need to be solved at a later date!

I found 5 Andersons that day, one of which (Loretta) I had not known much about.

It just goes to prove, it never hurts to ask for what information may be available!

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8 Responses to Tombstone Tuesday – Plot Records

  1. Good fortune! Wish we had a law that every cemetery should make plot records available. I guess the Conlins were really close neighbors. Maybe it was a financial decision. Happy for your find, and hope you can locate your John Anderson.

    • Our Lineage says:

      Thanks, Mariann! Yes, it is odd to me, but I do think it was financial. Between 1914 and 1922 there were 5 people buried there. Definitely needs more investigation!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate it.


  2. Su Leslie says:

    Great story. I love the idea of neighbours sharing “the afterlife” as well.

    • Our Lineage says:

      Thanks. Yes, I guess they went in on the entire plot and split the bill so to speak. I think that is kind of nice as well. They lived a few houses down from one another.

      • Su Leslie says:

        It is nice! I’ve often thought that within neighbourhoods we should share stuff more, but I guess I was thinking more of lawnmowers, garden tools and cool kitchen gadgets.

      • Our Lineage says:

        Agreed! 🙂

        This is the first I’ve seen about sharing plots. They must have also shared all those household things as well…

  3. I LOVE it when tings like that happen! Congratulations! (and keep looking…)

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