Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Spelunking for Ancestors

Genealogist Rudyard Edick recently visited the Fort Herkimer Church in Mohawk, N. Y., to photograph the grave of his ancestor Michael Ittig (Edick). He had to get special permission from church commissioner Donald Fenner.

Fenner showed Edick a trap door leading to the graves, with Edick slithering through a cramped space to an area underneath the church pulpit. Edick's background in spelunking no doubt helped a bit.

“I had done some caving in the past, so I decided to try it. It was a very tight space underneath. I had to crawl a considerable way to get to the graves,” said Edick.

Edick was surprised to find the footstone and headstone bearing the initials “M.I.” in excellent condition, further astonished that the distance between the two stones was exactly 56 inches - or roughly Edick's height. [Link]

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