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Get to Know Your Ancestry through Cemetery Records

If you are wondering about tracing your ancestry or where to begin, several resources are available, starting with Washington, DC cemeteries near you. Cemetery records are an excellent source for family history research. Of course, the closer the burial date to the present time, the more likely you are to get your answers. The [...]

2022-09-07T14:10:28-04:00August 1st, 2022|

Mathew Brady: The Father of Photojournalism

In the middle of July, 1863, a small group of men busily moved across the sweeping terrain of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. One of the men gazed towards a small hill known as Little Round Top, likely battling the sweltering heat as he focused and consulted his notes. Just a few weeks before, Little Round Top was [...]

2022-05-18T21:22:53-04:00May 17th, 2022|

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Strange Deaths

This week’s blog post, which is about strange deaths, concludes the “Tragic Tales” blog series. The “strange deaths” category focuses on people who died in an unusual way. There are several people whose stories fit this category, but only four of them will be shared in this post. I hope that you will reflect on [...]

2019-07-26T13:49:58-04:00March 22nd, 2018|

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Suicides

This week, four stories will be shared, all of which focus on people who, sadly, committed suicide. There were a wide range of known reasons why these people each committed suicide, including mental illness, heartbreak, work, and illness. We now have far more resources available for people struggling with suicidal thoughts and mental illness. If [...]

2019-07-26T13:38:34-04:00March 15th, 2018|

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Murder-Suicides

This week’s blog post focuses on murder-suicides. The story of a murder victim in a murder-suicide, and the stories of murderers in two failed murder-suicide attempts will be shared. Love, or infatuation, and jealousy seems to play a role in  several of the stories that have been shared. In several instances, the victim has been a [...]

2019-07-26T13:34:44-04:00March 8th, 2018|

Tragic Tales at Congressional Cemetery: Murderers and Murder-Suicides

For the past two weeks, the stories that have been shared focused almost exclusively on murder victims. However, Congressional Cemetery is also the resting place to murderers. Since the line between murderers and murder-suicides isn't clearly defined, partially because many murderers end up committing suicide, murderers and murder-suicides have been grouped together.   Please remember: [...]

2019-07-26T13:30:38-04:00March 1st, 2018|

Marguerite Lamott DuPont Lee

When you come across a name such as Marguerite’s, you might expect a certain type of person: blue-blooded, wealthy, and perhaps a little haughty as a result. And to a certain extent, Marguerite Lamott DuPont Lee was very much a product of her prestigious name. Born to the wealthy DuPont family from Delaware and married [...]

2019-07-26T13:14:03-04:00December 15th, 2017|

The “Zincers”

As you walk through the cemetery, you may have come across a grave “stone” that is bluish-grey in color. These stones are called white bronze monuments, but they are actually made out of zinc. This example of a "white bronze" monument is located in Congressional Cemetery, near 17th street.          The Monumental [...]

2019-07-26T13:10:48-04:00November 18th, 2017|
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