A freelance consulting historian specializing in local subjects and, in particular, cemeteries and burial grounds.  With over twenty years of experience as a poet and writer and over ten years in historic research, cemetery photography and web design.  See below for a list of current projects.

Now available for personalized research at the Albany Rural Cemetery, including locating and photographing plots and/or headstones, transcription, and burial record retrieval.  Please e-mail for details and pricing.

Also available for personal web design projects and custom local history research. 

Credit cards accepted via invoice.

Above:  An autumn walk along Consecration Lake at the historic Albany Rural Cemetery.  Photo by Paula Lemire, 2014

Interested in prints of any of the photos featured on my blogs?  Feel free to inquire by e-mail.




Official web site for Broadway actor and recording artist Hugh Panaro  - hugh-panaro.net

Articles, Personal Essays, and Photos:

Jeremiah Field and The Headstone That Was Not Lost - NEW

Visiting Vale - a photo tour of Schenectady's historic Vale Cemetery

The Old Store  - antique photos of a Sicilian immigrant's Albany store

 Madonna della Catena - vintage photo of a statue in the former St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Albany

 The Helderberg Hermit - Bouck White and the Helderberg Castle 

 The Garden Gravestone - The mystery of a backyard headstone 

The Old Lady of St. Mary's Park - 1932 newspaper article about the widow of a cemetery caretaker

 Haunted Albany - a compilation of local ghost stories 

The Potter's Field - list of burials in the Potter's Field at the Albany Rural Cemetery

The Lady In My Attic - a lovely old picture in fragments


Albany (NY Photo Blog - albanynydailyphoto.blogspot.com

The Church Grounds - albanychurchgrounds.wordpress.com

 Albany Rural Cemetery blog - albanyruralcemetery.blogspot.com

Albany NY History blog - albanynyhistory.blogspot.com


Beyond The Graves (working title) - A history of the Albany Rural Cemetery (in progress - update coming soon)

 A Something of Nobleness - The Story of Bouck White and the Helderberg Castle  (in progress)

Publication credits (as PaulaAnne SharkeyLemire) include Chronogram, Hudson Valley Magazine, Kaatskill Life, Adirondac, The New Jersey Review of Literature, The Lonsdale, Canticle, Mandrake, Voices of Selene, Native Peoples Magazine, The Higginsville Reader, and New Hope Books.


The Church Grounds Project is expanding and is now the Albany Cemetery Project with the goal of creating an in-depth on-line digital history of the Albany Rural Cemetery.  Click here for details or to support this research project.


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