|A trench at the Potter's Field on Hart Island circa 1890|
The Daily Sun - a U.K. paper - recently ran an article about Hart Island on it's website. After many years of hard work by Melinda Hunt, the records of those buried on Hart Island are being made available to the public. Below you will find a link to the Daily Sun and New York Daily News articles.
Daily Sun Article on Hart Island
New York Daily News Article
You can search the data base of those buried there by visiting the the Hart Island Project website.
From a genealogical point of view, Ms. Hunt's efforts to allow public access to the records, is a very big deal for anyone who suspects they may have family members interred on Hart Island. The story of Hart Island and Melinda Hunt's project to make the records public is a fascinating and heartbreaking one. Little by little, Ms. Hart, and countless other advocates, activists and volunteers, work to bring to light long hidden, and often forgotten, pieces of our past. We are all grateful for their dedication.
-- submitted by Denise Doyon