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Records Search: Crematory

Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium Interment Index

Middle Village, Queens Suffolk County, Long Island, New York

The Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium has been providing dignified cremation services and permanent resting places for human cremated remains in its Columbarium since 1884.  It is the oldest operating crematory in the United States.  The crematory is located at 61-40 Mount Olivet Crescent, Middle Village, New York.  For more information visit their web site at http://www.freshpondcrematory.com.

This database contains the indexes to over 215,000 cremations that took place at the Fresh Pond Crematory and Columbarium.  It also includes over 4,000 people cremated elsewhere and whose cremains are in niches at the columbarium.

The crematory has additional information for each individual including: age, marital status, last residence, birthplace, date of birth, date of death, information on the next of kin, and funeral home.  Some of the files may also contain family correspondence and obituaries that appeared in newspapers.  To obtain this information please fill out the attached form with the name of the person of interest, the case ID, and your mailing address.  Include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.  The fee for this information is $36.

When contacting, be sure to include all of the information found on the search results page for the record you are interested in.

Please note that the Surname (e.g. Last Name) is a required entry field. But since exact spellings are not always known, to aid your search we offer three different ways to specify Surnames.

  1. Exact Match (“is exactly”) – This is the default surname search method.

  2. Soundex (“sounds like”) – This option enables you to specify a surname spelling it out as best you can, and it will return results that “sound” similar to what you spelled out.

  3. Wild Card – With this option you can replace part of the surname with a % to match any number of letters, or _ to match a single letter. So for example, Sch% will return all names starting with Sch. Similarly, Schl_tz might return results such as Schlitz or Schlotz.

For whichever of the above surname search options you would like to use, simply select the appropriate radio button option below the input field on the form. Although the additional form fields are optional, providing as much information as you can helps narrow your search. The more specific your search, the less time you need spend scrolling through search results!