4. History’s Volunteers
Green-Wood Cemetery is nearly 200 years old. During its humble beginnings as what was a rural cemetery at the time, the cemetery’s staff collected and kept all kinds of records and artifacts about its earliest occupants. The surprising aspect of the archive is that volunteers who are passionate about history have played and continue to play an enormous role in combing through and maintaining the archives, including a program that helps people do genealogical research. After all, it’s an old adage here in New York that 1:7 Americans can trace their roots back to Brooklyn so there are countless connections to history that are just waiting to be made in the cemetery’s archive.