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 carol.magenau@gmail.com.  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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