As with many cemeteries, there are two different sources for research, each one being necessary to make sure you get all the information available:
To request information on your Montreal ancestors via e-mail go to the Mount Royal Cemetery Website. Type in your request. Someone will get back to you in a few days.
The information sent to you will be extracted from the burial index cards. Earlier cards had very little information - usually just name, date of death, date of burial, age at death, place of birth (usually just the country), place of death, and sometimes the relationship to another person in the plot. The later cards quite often had name, relationship to someone else in the plot (i.e. son of, wife of), date of birth, place of birth (gets more specific in later decades), date and place of death, last residence, occupation and occassionally cause of death.
This information is not on
their computers. The staff must go to the indexes, find the person or plot
number, and type the particulars from the cards to send to you. Having
seen the cards I know this can be time consuming, particularily when dealing
with difficult handwriting. Hence the $3 per name charge. To see examples
of the cards click here.
If you're planning to visit Mount Royal cemetery (or plan to send someone to photograph your family plot) it's VERY important you get the PLOT number AND the SECTION number. For more info on this see Map of Mount Royal Cemetery.
Keep checking the cemetery photographs site to see if anyone is offering to photograph tombstones in Mount Royal Cemetery.
anyone reading this wants to volunteer (for the price of film, processing
and other costs such as gas or transit) we could get something going now.
Please contact me at email@example.com
if you'd be willing to spend a few days wandering through this wonderful
and historical cemetery with your camera and a pad of paper next summer.
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