In a previous post, I mentioned the dangers associated with working in the southern Colorado coal mines during the early 1900s’s (Colorado Coal Mine Dangers). Hundreds of men were killed aboveground and underground, including my grandfather’s brother and three of my grandmother’s brothers. All four are buried at Catholic Cemetery, Trinidad, Colorado. During my research, I found that one of the Family History Library microfilms has a pencil drawing of plots and names from that era (Film number 002786, section 1) plus records of internment which give the cause of death and burial location. Scanning the names on the the plot maps and burial records, you will find many names of emigrants from Trentino, a large number of whom are listed as dying due to mine accidents.
The photo below (somewhat unsettling) shows the November 1906 graveside services for the burial of Francesco Iob. There are many people in the photo, many of whom (most?) are likely from Trentino. Our ancestors kept close ties to each other at the mines due to culture and language. If you click on the photo, a larger version will be available.
If you can identify anyone in the photo, please let me know (I have been told that the man standing on the right is Pietro Moltrer; next to him is my grandmother and kneeling in front of her is my grandfather). This photo was provided to me by a relative in Trentino — which shows the importance of trying to locate living relatives from your ancestral village. Additionally, by monitoring the genealogy bulletin boards on the internet, you can make many contacts with others sharing similar interests in Trentino. By helping them, you will often receive help in return (a fact, a story, a link to others, etc) — that is one method which proved fruitful to me many times over. Yes, you will likely provide more help to others than you receive, but that is part of the fun in genealogy — more fun is suddenly receiving an email with information you did not know existed.