Patricia R Reed
- Member for
- 7 years · 11 months · 5 days
- Find A Grave ID
Alumna & Facilitator, Genealogical Research Program, Boston University MET-CPE
Council Member, N. E. Historic Gen. Society
Member, Assn of Professional Genealogists
From April 2012 through October 2014, I researched the Tyringham, Mass. Cemetery for the town historical commission. Brief, documented genealogical sketches of everyone known to be interred there are archived in six binders in the town's historical room. There is also a name index to facilitate understanding of their many family connections, a complete photographic and inscription record of all the gravestones and a grave locator map. A digital copy of the project was given to the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Mass.
Memorials have been updated or created for every person identified as buried in Tyringham Cemetery, based on a 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 someone who died at Tyringham was not necessarily buried in the town cemetery. Additionally, Monterey and Tyringham were once one community and the southern part--now Monterey--was the earlier settlement. What's now Tyringham was formerly called "Hop Brook." When the two communities split in 1847, Hop Brook became Tyringham and the original Tyringham settlement assumed the Monterey name. The present-day town cemetery was established in 1797.
Beginning this year (2017) I'm working with the Tyringham historical commission to create a detailed catalog of the entire contents of their wonderful archive, which we plan to post on their webpage. Digitization and transcription of some of their unique material is also on our "to-do" list.
I enjoy hearing from people who have discovered their ancestors or reconnected with loved ones through the cemetery research project. 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.