G is for Glasgow, Greta and Galong


Join me on my Cemetery Searching expedition for the 2023 A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ll be re-visiting some cemeteries and preparing for a wish list of others. Some family members will be mentioned but I also have an interest in German family graves as well as those of people born in Co Clare Ireland.

Sighthill Cemetery, Glasgow, Scotland

For many years I had no idea where my great-grandfather, Duncan McCorkindale was buried. During my November 2019 trip to the Mitchell Library I searched a wide range of records and newspapers trying to find his burial location, to no avail. Ironically, during the dull days of covid and health treatments in 2021, I decided to plough my way through all Glasgow cemetery records held by FamilySearch. And there he was in the Sighthill Cemetery! He was buried on 28 September 1869, with his first wife, Ann Tweedie Law who died of TB and was buried on 28 November 1869. Fortunately I have a cousin living in the UK who is descended from this first marriage and he was able to visit the cemetery on a trip to Glasgow. Sadly, no evidence of any gravestone for either Ann or Duncan. Family search film 008090080, Image 12 of 991 (viewable online).

Greta Cemetery, New South Wales

I was searching for “my” Dorfprozelten people to no avail, but I’ll include a few interesting graves.

This gravestone for William Skillings and Sophia Skillings is not available on FindaGrave so I must add it. P Cass 2006
Edith Alma Pard(e)y died in 1902, daughter of Herbert and Susan Pard(e)y. There is no photo of it on FindaGrave. P Cass 2006
There is a photo of Mary Wade who died on 23 May 1886 on FindaGrave. It is a cleaner image but the stone has fallen to the ground. P Cass 2006

Galong Cemetery, New South Wales

Over the years I was privileged to attend a few Shamrock in the Bush conferences in Galong, between Canberra and Yass. The conferences were held at the St Clements Retreat House adjacent to the cemetery which of course I had to investigate as it includes many (all?) Irish graves. This cemetery is now listed on the National Trust. You can read a little more about it here.

Bridget Kilfoyle’s gravestone in the Galong cemetery. This Clare emigrant’s husband was related closely to the Duracks. She was born in Co Clare.

Cemetery Searching wish list

Gatton Cemetery


10 thoughts on “G is for Glasgow, Greta and Galong

  1. Please put your images on FindaGrave, I have posted some taken years ago which are clearer than the ones posted recently. But most importantly I have used FindaGrave to locate the burials of many collateral family members. The clues from the entries on FindaGrave have helped me find resources to confirm the deaths.

    During Covid on FindaGrave I found the handsome monument and grave of Mr Geniaus’ 3x Great-Grandfather, James Gowans in Stirling Scotland,https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201581593/james-gowans. We had been searching for his burial for ages, the bonus was that some family members were buried with him and more were memorialised on the monument.

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  2. I know very well the disappointment of searching for family and finding no headstone. Very few of my family had headstones. But time spent in a cemetery is never time wasted.

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  3. As challenging as those days were, the Covid confinement did give us time for more research. Well done on finding the grave of your great-grandfather, Duncan McCorkindale! And thanks for another selection of fascinating stones. I particularly like Bridget’s.

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