Woman shocked at the disappearance of her ancestor’s graves at Richmond Cemetery

By Staff Writer

By Ocean Francoeur

Cynthia Costigan, who lives on the south shore of Montreal, was dismayed to find that, after researching her family ancestry, her journey to the past hit a dead-end in Richmond’s St-Bibiane cemetery. At least twenty of her family’s tombstones had simply vanished, while others were found broken, or even used to prop up the foundations of a nearby building.
For ten years now, Costigan has been researching her family ancestry with the help of a genealogist, tracing back her lineage both here in North America and in Ireland. A couple of years ago, her research led her to Richmond, where she found out much of her family had been buried.
“When I found out, I took my 90-year-old dad out to Richmond. He had never been,” she said. “We drove all that way and didn’t find a single tombstone. Dad was very upset. I left him in the car and walked all around, looking at all the names, but I never found them.” See full story in the Friday, June 29 edition of The Record.

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