Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Anna Goldstein, d. 1918

My husband and I visited New York City last week and of course, there were trips to cemeteries.

Mount Judah Cemetery is in Ridgewood, which is in Queens (though the closest subway stop is in Brooklyn).  The website includes a burial search, which provides the location of the burial of the person you're looking for. The About Us page includes information that helps a searcher locate where in the cemetery the loved one is buried.

Because of the wealth of resources available to FindAGrave volunteers, I'm a bit surprised that there are currently over 800 photo requests for this cemetery. I encourage FindAGrave volunteers local to this area to help fulfill these requests.

My husband's maternal grandfather has a sister and brother buried at Mount Judah in the Dr. Igel Lodge Society, one of the dozens of societies in this large cemetery.

My husband and I looked for his relatives and we easily found his great uncle and aunt, but couldn't find Anna Goldstein, for whom his mother is named. It appeared that there was a large yew bush planted where we expected a gravestone for her. Before we left the cemetery, I decided I would walk all the way to the back of the section, just to see what I could see.

Good thing I did.

I found Anna Goldstein further back than expected.

The Hebrew reads:

[abbreviation] Here lies
the young unmarried woman [literally, "the virgin," but used to describe an unmarried woman]
Henna daughter of Mr. Yitzchak
Died 16 Sivan 5678
[abbreviation for] May her soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life

Thanks Robin at the Tracing the Tribe Facebook page who helped confirm my attempt at translation.


I previously shared Anna's death certificate.


  1. Happy you were able to find Anna's headstone. Having searched around Jewish cemeteries myself, I know that even with a map in hand and an explanation of the official location, gravestones can be difficult to find. It's not really surprising that so many FAG requests go unfilled, simply because of the sheer size of some of these cemeteries and the challenge of figuring out where, exactly, to look--and look and look.

    1. I think that finding burials in Jewish cemeteries aren't too hard because they're usually many small cemeteries in a large group or a large cemetery is broken up into smaller sections or Societies, as this one is.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. I agree with what Marian said. I have been to two other Jewish cemeteries in NYC---Mt. Zion and Mt Hebron---and both times even with a map and plot location, it took a long time to find the graves I was looking for.

    1. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to find this burial. The next day was a visit to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn to look for some of my ancestors - that one is huge!

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

    2. Like Amy, I have relatives in Mt. Zion and Mt. Hebron and those are huge and sprawling. Some sections are WAY out there. I also have a single relative in Green-Wood Cemetery but happily for me, someone else kindly took the photo when he was visiting his ancestors' graves.