Monday, April 1, 2013

Ancient Cemetery, Yarmouth Port : Featured Library Resource for April 2013

At our March monthly program meeting, Judy Lucey gave us a great presentation on integrating manuscripts into our genealogical research.  Did you know that our Genealogy Room contains a significant amount of manuscript material?

One of the most noteworthy of our manuscripts is a seven-volume collection resulting from a project done by our Society, describing the graves in the Ancient Cemetery : Yarmouth Port.  The project began in 2001 and was spearheaded by Burton Derrick and Phyllis Coscso.  The volumes are as follows:
  • Section A-D
  • Section E
  • Section F
  • New Mid Section
  • Section New D
  • New Section Military Section
  • New Section #112-495
Each page consists of a sheet representing a single grave, encased in a plastic sleeve.  Information is presented in a standard format:
  • Lot owner / name on stone
  • Stone description (material, condition)
  • Inscription
  • Footstone
  • Genealogy (if known)
  • Remarks (e.g. military marker)
  • Drawing of tombstone with location of inscription
Most of the volumes are arranged by plot number (exception : Section E is arranged by family name).  Generally a map is present, either at the front or at a tab at the end, to show the location and sequence of the plots.  The first three notebooks carry name indexes to the graves, except for Section D (v. 1).  It would be wonderful to complete the name indexes and compile a master name index covering all the volumes.  If anyone is interesting in working on this to enhance access to this marvelous resource, please let me know at  If you think your ancestors might be in this cemetery, we invite you to have a look at this unique tool at the Genealogy Room.

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