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William Thomas Boardman is buried at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.

On a trip to Los Angeles in 2004,  I visited the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale and found the gravesite of my great-uncle William T. Boardman.  He was alone in this section of the cemetery for I did not see his wife next to him.  Forest Lawn wrote that he was in Space 1, Lot 295 Eventide.

This is a very large cemetery.  The area called Eventide is through the main gates and up the hill about the middle of the cemetery.  They do have maps to assist you in finding a burial.  It is also part of a very large cemetery chain with the same name but different locations.  The arrow is where William is buried.

Forest Lawn – Glendale


William T. Boardman tombstone

I apologize for the poor photograph, I was having trouble getting a good picture of it as you see that was not happening.

Here is a transcription of his death certificate:

William Thomas Boardman died in the City of Pasadena Rural at 367 North Martelo Ave.  He had been in the community 22 yrs. and in California 23 yrs. and a citizen 23 yrs.  He was not a veteran.  SS#563-14-4603.  He was married to Daisy Emily Alice Boardman and she was 45 at the time of his death.  His birthdate is Jan. 17, 1885 and he was 60 yrs. 3 mos. and 21 days old at time of death.  He was born in Winnipeg, Canada, his occupation was Pharmacist in retail drugs.  His father was Edmund Boardman born in England and his mother was Charlotte Ann McMurray, born in Canada.  The informant was Daisy Emily Alice Boardman.  Burial was on May 11, 1945 in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, CA.  His usual residence was Pasadena Rural, Los Angeles, Co., California.  His address was 367 North Martelo Avenue.  His date of death was May 8, 1945.  He died of a cerebral hemorrhage 4 days, due to arterio sclerosis, hypertension (years) and cardio-renal disease 2 yrs.

Source:  Death Certificate for William T. Boardman, #79-118471, #45-035549 (B635), Pasadena Rural, Los Angeles Co., California, California Dept. of Public Health.

The Pasadena Public Library provided this obituary notice:

Boardman – William T. Boardman, native of Winnipeg, Canada, and resident of Pasadena for 22 years, beloved husband of Alice Boardman father of Cpl. William E. and Cpl. Robert R. Boardman.  Services Friday at 10 a.m. in the Little Church of the Flowers, Forest Lawn Mortuary in charge.  

Source:  Pasadena Star News May 9, 1945, Page 30, Column 1. The Pasadena Public Library has an obituary service.  Good thing I was persistent and sought another source for his obituary notice.

I figured out that Daisy/Alice had remarried after Willie’s death.  She married someone by the name of Gordon because there is a Daisy in the Social Security Death index with all her first names that fits. She died 9 November 1954 in Los Angeles Co.  I have not found her gravesite at this time.

Source:  California Death Index – Gordon, Daily Emily Alice #559 03 3353, Birth 10 Dec 1890, Canada, Death Date 9 Nov 1954, Los Angeles, Mother’s maiden name is Young, father’s name is Colbeck.

William Boardman – see marker

Maybe someday I will get more time to do more research on William (Willie) and his family.  It is now time to move on to other family members.   As for the yellow blob on the map above, well, it is an interesting story.


Robert and Ethel Boardman’s first child?

Robert and Ethel (Brown) Boardman married in August of 1905 but their first child Hazel Aileen Boardman was not born till the 23rd of May 1907 in Winnipeg.  There was 21 months between the marriage date and Aileen’s birth.  Since there is no evidence of another child born during that time period maybe I am just being suspicious?

My mother’s sister and my Aunt was always Aileen to us, until one day she giggled and told me her first name was Hazel.  I giggled back and said “I know.”

Photo:  Unfortunately this photo is very dark even though I tried to lighten it up.  It obscures my grandmother Ethel’s face.  The baby is my Aunt Hazel Aileen in 31 August 1907.  This is probably at the time of the christening. 

I do not have my Aunt Aileen’s birth record only the online version of the index at the Manitoba website for vital records.  It is something I plan to get someday.  I am content at the moment to know that she was born in Winnipeg. 

There is a baptismal record of my Aunt at the St. George’s Church in Winnipeg for the 13th of October 1907 and signed by a J.J. Roz (Rector).   This was obtained by a researcher I hired so I don’t have all the source information.  I assume it was found in the records of the Manitoba Genealogical Society.  

The Manitoba Historical Society website has an old postcard of what may be the church at:


Photo:  A portrait of Hazel Aileen. She looks so happy and I can see the smile that I would come to know as my Aunt Aileen’s.  Maybe grandfather Edmund Boardman got a chance to know one Aileen before he passed in October 1908.

1891: Edmund Boardman Family!

Edmund and Charlotte Boardman left Prince Edward Island shortly after the enumeration of the 1881 Canadian census and headed west to Winnipeg.  Edmund was a coppersmith by trade and he had skills that could be put to use for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Winnipeg Postcard date unknown

Early in the research I traveled with my genealogy buddy Barb, whom I have known since college days.  We discovered in later life that we had a passion for genealogy.

We drove up to Surrey, British Columbia (2002) to do Canadian research at the Cloverdale Library in Surrey.  This library has the best Canadian genealogical collection on the west coast.  It is only a few hours drive for us.   Here is the link:  http://www.surreylibraries.ca/programs-services/4815.aspx  They have changed their website and are now using the terms “Family History.”

On this trip I was going to look at the Canadian Census.  At that time you used the microfilm and did not have the online census like exists today at Ancestry.com.  Canada has their own film numbering system so if you use the Family History Library you have to translate to their numbers.

We had reserved the microfilm reader and I began scrolling through the 1891 Canadian Census for Winnipeg.  I was looking for the Boardmans because I knew them better.  Well, I found the Browns first and then the Boardmans a few pages later.

I did the genealogy happy dance and was very excited!!  I had little information about these two families and there they were living very close to each other in Winnipeg.

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Edmond Boardman Family, Manitoba, Winnipeg, District 11, Ward 5C, enumerated April 8, 1891, Film T6297.

W1/3/21 Boardman, Edmond, male, 41 yrs. married, born in England, parents born in England, Church of Eng., Coppersmith. Charlotte, female, 36 yrs, married, w (relation to head), born N. B., father born in Scotland, mother born in England. Edmond, male, age 13, single, born in N.B., Robert, male, age 10, single, born N.B., William, male age 7, single, born in Man. John, male, age 5, single, born Man.

The only thing that is not quite right is that the little baby girl is missing.  There is a baby girl buried in the West Branch Presbyterian Church cemetery, Kent Co., New Brunswick in Weldford by the name of Alma C. Boardman.   The 1881 Canadian Census had her name as “Zelia” but it could easily be a middle name or nickname.  The date of death is listed as 16 September 1882 for this baby’s cemetery record.  This means that Edmund and Charlotte did not leave New Brunswick till later.  City directory research for Edmund for Winnipeg starts with 1884 as indicated in the post dated January 8, 2011.

What is a coppersmith?  Wikipedia:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coppersmith

Robert Boardman who is listed in this census, at the age of 10, is my grandfather.