New York Times Portraits of Grief

Cindy Deuel

For more than two years, Cindy Deuel had been trying to map the Deuel family line back to 16th-century England. Using the New York Public Library, the National Archives, the Internet and her brother Richard's similar passion for genealogy, she had made a few important discoveries, including great-great grandfather Henry Deuel's unmarked grave at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Paterson, N.J.

"It is in this location that we have chosen to erect a headstone for Cindy, whether or not we find the body," said Richard Deuel, 31. "On the headstone we are going to depict Cindy's family tree, much of it information that Cindy learned through her research."

Ms. Deuel, 28, who lived in Brooklyn with her husband, Tomas Pons, worked as an executive assistant at Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of 1 World Trade Center. But Mr. Deuel, who has another brother, Joseph, 37, said his sister dreamed of starting a genealogy business to help people with their own family research. It was fitting of someone who, he said, helped friends with everything, including their taxes. "I don't know anyone who knows Cindy that hasn't consulted her," Mr. Deuel said.