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Riverside Cemetery Block 12 Paupers Field

Vickie Smejkal

You never know where your kin might turn up!

Vickie Smejkal and Diane Nygaard got into a pickle. They were on a tour of Riverside, looking out over the sea of unmarked baby graves, when Diane turned to Vickie and said we should find the families of these children. Thousands of research hours later they have made some progress.

Vickie calls block 12 Denver's Potters Field. They "hope to identify and promote memories of those individuals lost, forgotten, and buried with little to no funds in Denver's Riverside Cemetery."

Included in this work are a few obituaries and profiles of "characters" or individuals along with photos of current grave markers and headstones. A spreadsheet rounds out the study in alphabetical order of deceased, date of burial, age, race, gender, block, lot and section, notes, undertaker, source, date of birth if known, date of death, and parents if known.  Needless to say there is a great wealth of identifying information to assist any research to connect with the correct kin.

Smejkal and Nygaard have created a finding aid to be emulated by others considering such a project. Riverside Cemetery Block 12 Paupers Field by Vickie Smejkal will be found with the other Denver cemetery books at call number G929.578883 S637 2013.

Vickie calls block 12

Vickie calls block 12 Denver's Potters Field. They "hope to identify and promote memories of those individuals lost, forgotten, and buried with little to no funds in Denver's Riverside Cemetery."South Park Seasons1-16 DVD Box Set | It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Seasons 1-7 DVD Box Set | The Simpsons Seasons 1-24 DVD Box Set | Human Target Seasons 1-2 DVD Box Set

Smejkal and Nygaard have

Smejkal and Nygaard have created a finding aid to be emulated by others considering such a project

What a wonderful labor of

What a wonderful labor of love!! Amazing!

Hi, Thank you very much for

Hi,

Thank you very much for your gracious words and positive feed-back. Most appreciated.

I continue to work on my Block 12 Riverside Cemetery Project -- all in the hopes of loved ones finding their family members.

Vickie Smejkal

This is a remarkable project

This is a remarkable project that can help present and future genealogists. Thank you,

Jim Kroll

Wonderful project,

Wonderful project, congratulations and a hearty, job well done is deserved by the genealogists who created the finding aid.
Sandy Johansen
VP Denver Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists
www.apgen.org/chapters/colorado/

Sorry, typo: "The family did

Sorry, typo: "The family did use that name [Wepsala] in the U.S."

Linda
lvixie(at)comcast.net

My Finnish great-grandmother,

My Finnish great-grandmother, Lena Hämäläinen Wepsäläinen, is buried in section 12. She died in Denver on 20 Oct 1913 following surgery for appendicitis. This last spring, I finally visited the general area of her grave in section 12--very few markers out there. Her name is recorded in the Riverside sexton records as Alena Websella. The family did use in the U.S.

Thanks, Vickie and Diane, for your work on this project! I intend to get you more info on Lena, when I find the time.

Linda Masden Vixie
Colorado Springs

Hi Linda, I would very much

Hi Linda,

I would very much like to hear from you and learn more about your great-grandmother. Feel free to contact me via www.block12riverside.com or block12riverside@gmail.com.