An estimated 20 million people can trace their history to the 560,000 dead who are buried in the cemetery in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. "Residents" in the cemetery include Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets and Horace Greeley. The cemetery staff also has a massive paper trail that includes business records, annual logs, letters from family members and more. The staff is now offering a new genealogy-for-hire project, pulling family tree information from the cemetery’s in-house records for paying customers.
Green-Wood quiety debuted the new research program last year, offering document detective services for $28 per 30 minutes. The service has been so popular — requests average 25 a week — that the cemetery has hired five grad students as researchers and began publicizing it last week.
You can read more in an article by Doyle Murphy in the New York Daily News at http://goo.gl/9zV3Rh.