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Patricia R Reed (#47257983)
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Member, Assn of Professional Genealogists
Boston U. Certificate in Genealogical Research
Council, N. E. Historic Gen. Society

I've done pro-bono research projects for Tyringham, Mass. Historical Commission and University of Houston Libraries Special Collections.

I'm working on a four-generation study of the William H. Johnson family. Johnson was an African-American man who was born into slavery in 18th-century New York. Nine of his descendants were buried in Tyringham Cemetery. Others were buried in the cemeteries of adjacent communities, in Springfield, Mass., and in New York City.

I'm also working on a study of Oskar & Olga Schwarzkopf, natives of Karlsbad, Czech Republic who were buried in Tyringham Cemetery. Oskar was a Jewish political dissident who had to flee as Hitler's tanks rolled into Prague in 1938; his Catholic wife Olga and their two children were captured and spent years in Nazi concentration camps.

From April 2012 through October 2014 I undertook a research project for the Tyringham, Mass. Historical Commission. Six volumes are archived at the town historical room, which contain a documented genealogical sketch of each person interred in the cemetery (with or without gravestones), and a name index to facilitate an understanding of their family connections. Also included are a complete photographic and inscription record of the town cemetery and a grave locator map, A digital copy of the project and my source material is archived in the manuscript collections at the library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass. I also have a complete copy in my personal records.

I've created or updated a memorial for every person buried in Tyringham Cemetery, identified through an exhaustive search of vital records, obituaries, probate records, family papers and other sources. Many people who died at Tyringham were buried in other communities, particularly Monterey and Lee, so it does not necessarily follow that someone who died at Tyringham was buried in the town cemetery. Additionally, Monterey and Tyringham were originally one community. The southern part, what is now known as Monterey, was actually the original settlement. The northern part, "Hop Brook," was a later development. It became Tyringham when the two communities split in 1847, with the southern settlement assuming the Monterey name.

I've received many wonderful messages from people who have discovered their ancestors or reconnected with loved ones through the cemetery research project. I enjoy hearing from people with Tyringham connections, and unless otherwise requested, I pass those messages on to the members of the town historical commission to archive in their family genealogy files.

I live in Houston, Texas, so I can't do lookups in Tyringham Cemetery or in the town historical room. The members of the Tyringham Historical Commission very generously try to accommodate individual requests. Their contact information is posted on the town website.
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Ruth Huggler
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M West
Christina Planert
Hi again. Yes, I see now that the page has her death certificate, her obituary and a grave photo.

Interesting thing is now the cemetery is totally different. No wonder it couldn't be found at St. Johns! :)
Added by M West on Dec 31, 2016 8:30 AM
M West
Christina Planert
Back around August this year, I was trying to find a headstone for this person, and I had told you that I was unable to find a stone after walking through the cemetery. I have since joined this church and was working with them to see what kind of record they might have for her. They actually have no record of her being buried in this cemetery at all. You might want to do some more looking and see if maybe she's buried at some other cemetery in this region.
Hope that helps!
Michele West
Added by M West on Dec 25, 2016 1:04 PM
RE: Philip & Elizabeth Jones
My pleasure!
Added by Wendelina on Oct 12, 2016 2:04 PM
RE: John B. Van Pelt
Glad I could help.
Added by Joan on Aug 26, 2016 6:42 PM
RE: Cunninghams
You are welcome.
Added by Joan on Aug 13, 2016 5:41 PM
Thomas Bohnstedt
RE: Torrances in Oakdale Memorial Park
By the way, I don't know if you are related to the Torrances, but next to Robert and Jane Torrance I also found the grave of a baby girl; Diana Lynn Torrance, born and died in 1947. She lived one day. She was born just about the right year to have been Robert and Jane's child, so I created a memorial for her and sent an edit request attaching her to Robert and Jane Torrance. If you think this is in error you can reject the edit request.
Added by Thomas Bohnstedt on Aug 10, 2016 8:13 AM
Thomas Bohnstedt
RE: Torrances in Oakdale Memorial Park
You are very welcome!
Added by Thomas Bohnstedt on Aug 10, 2016 8:05 AM
Roger D. Davis
RE: Bedell Cemetery
Glad to help when I can.
Added by Roger D. Davis on Aug 07, 2016 6:13 PM
RE: Cardira A. (Lynn) Bryson
Yes, that is what I thought too. You can see the first few letters in the first name then Byson below that. When I go back I'll try to get a better photo or get a photo with her stone and Isariah's in the same photo. I put a closer photo of the stones on the memorials so if you don't want the extra photos on let me know I will take them off. I put a photo on Emeline's memorial which is Isariah & Mary's daughter. I think that Mary's memorial is Isariah's wife Mary so I put the photo on her memorial too. I put an extra photo on Isariah's memorial which shows two old broken off stones beside his stone, so maybe someone had that newer looking stone made for Isariah & Mary & Emeline. You can't see Cardira's stone in the this photo it is to the right and it is not in the photo but I will go back and try to get them all in one photo. Carla
Added by Peace4me on Jul 10, 2016 9:18 AM
RE: Isaiah Bryson
Yes I do have the photo but I wasn't sure about putting it on since it is difficult to see. I will put it on the memorial so you can see what you think about it. Carla 😊
Added by Peace4me on Jul 10, 2016 8:32 AM
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