Tuesday, August 4, 2015

TOMBSTONE TUESDAY–Who In My Family is Buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan?


I thought I would do a bit of a different take on Tombstone Tuesday.  I wondered who in my family is buried at Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan?
I knew of Grand Lawn Cemetery long before I ever became interested in genealogy research.  My paternal grandfather, Harry W. Gould died in 1960 and I knew he was buried there.  I was just a young girl, but remember when we went to Detroit from our home in Florida for his funeral & burial.

My paternal grandfather, Harry W. Gould
GOULD_Marie Lindsay headstone_cropped_GrandLawnCemetery_DetroitMich
My paternal grandmother, Marie W. Lindsay Gould

I began by conducting a search in Legacy 8.  I went to the “Search” tab and then “Find.”  It took me a couple of tries to come up with the correct parameters for the list I was trying to create.

For a complete tutorial on using the SEARCH function in Legacy 8, please see my post at Legacy 8 - The Search Function - What Can You Find?

Here are a couple of screen shots to show you what I did and the results.

(Click on any image to enlarge it)
Search & find in Legacy 8

My search revealed that there are 36 individuals in my Legacy database for whom I have recorded Grand Lawn Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan as their burial location.

Search & find in Legacy 8 results 8-3-15

I then created a report from this list, using the options function.  In this report I added a burial column, giving the date and the relationship to me.  There are many other options you can use.

What I noticed right away was the absence of some relationship values.  Let’s look at Mary Lamond.  When I calculate her relationship to me, using the Legacy 8 relationship calculator she comes up as my Grand Aunt’s Husband’s Mother.  Since that is not a “direct” relationship I notice that Legacy does not pick it up on the report.  Nor is she labeled in my database on the Family View.

MaryLamond screen shot

Let’s get back to those Grand Lawn burials. Here is the list created by Legacy, based on my search criteria.

GrandLawnCem_Those buried there_created 3 Aug 2015_Page_1_ANNOTATED GrandLawnCem_Those buried there_created 3 Aug 2015_Page_2

Again, in creating a blog post, I have learned new things about Legacy and also noticed some errors in my tree, which I’ve now corrected.

Here are just a few of the headstones from burials at Grand Lawn Cemetery.

Gould-surname marker_GrandLawnCem_DetroitWayneMichigan GOULD_Roy V_headstone cropped Gould_Ford V headstone
GOULD_Gladys L married name SMITH_1890-1966_GrandLawnCem DetroitMich_taken by FAG volunteer 18 Apr 2012 LINDSAY_Elizabeth Fitzcharles-Grand Lawn LINDSAY_Bessie married name HOCKSTER_headstone_GrandLawnCem_DetroitWayneMichigan
LINDSAY_Ellen_headstone_1927_GrandLawnCem_DetroitWayneMichigan PICKARD_J Fred_headstone_1964_GrandLawnCem_DetroitWayneMichigan PICKARD_Mary nee LAMOND_headstone_1917_GrandLawnCem_DetroitWayneMichigan
Murphy_Frank_headstone 1868-1936 Murphy_Agnes Thorp_headstone_turned Murphy_Bernice_1988 headstone

PLEASE contact me if you think you might be related, even remotely, to anyone mentioned in this blog.

Happy hunting,
Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2015   Diane Gould Hall


  1. In your Pickard line, are you related to Jmae Pickard -- owned hardware store(s) in Detroit in the 1920s?

    1. Hi. I have a James Frederick Pickard 1884-1964, who married my grand aunt, Ellen Lindsay. They had one daughter, Harriet. He was the son of John Pickard and Mary Lamond. Is that the same as the James you refer to? I'm not familiar with any hardware stores, but then, I was a little girl when we left Detroit and didn't know some of my family very well. If you think there is a connection I'd love to know more and share with you. Please use my email michiganfamilytrails(at)yahoo(dot)com.
      Thanks for stopping by.

    2. No, it was really the weird spelling of the first name JMAE -- derived from the first initials of her grandparents first names. It is a long shot as to whether or not there was a connection.

    3. I've never seen that particular spelling before. Obviously there could be a connection, but I don't know of one at this time. Thank you for contacting me. Please get back in touch if you find a connection to my Pickards.

  2. I do not see any connections but I do have family buried there. George S. Bliss 1859-1917) and Emily Cornell (1862-1923) I would love to see someday but a long way from Oregon. Good post.

    1. Are there memorials on findagrave for your family members? If there are you should be able to see the headstones, if someone has posted them. If not, create memorials for them and then request a photo. It's the best way I know of to "visit" those far away cemeteries. I live in California and most of my family were back east or in the midwest and most still are.I've been fortunate enough to be able to go back to Michigan several times in recent years. Good luck with your research.

    2. If you like I could possibly get a photo of the graves of your relatives buried there. I lock the cemetery at night.Let me know Id be glad to do it for you. EO7770@gmail.com

    3. That’s very kind of you. I appreciate the offer. I may take you up on it should the need arise.


I look forward to reading your comments. If you have any connection to the people mentioned in this blog, please let me know. I write about mine and my husband's ancestors and would welcome new information or meeting a new cousin or two. Thanks for visiting and come back soon.