Well, I'm back from my trip to Westchester County. I spent 10AM to 4PM Tuesday and Wednesday last week at the Westchester County Historical Society and Archives in Elmsford, New York.
There was plenty to see and not nearly enough time. Some of things I DID see:
* Cemetery inscriptions for many of the Westchester County cemeteries
* The death indices for Flandreaus in Westchester County, and a few selected wills and estate papers
* Marriage announcements for a number of Flandreaus, including a triple marriage that included four Flandreaus (all three grooms and one of the brides) -- well, five if you count the minister who was my wife's great-great-great-great grandfather, Elder James Flandreau!
* Several obituaries for Flandreaus
* a file on Alexander Russell, a portrait painter and civil war photographer who lived for a time with Alexander Flandreau, my wife's great-great grandfather, and his family.
* a file of letters between miscellaneous Flandreau researchers and a local genealogist, Mrs. Hill, who has since retired and donated her papers to WCHS. These letters include
** copies of some of the 19th century correspondance of members of the Daniel Alpheus Flandreau family who lived in the New York City area, the Albany area, and New Jersey
** a letter from a 20th century California Flandreau who came to this country himself who charts his ancestors in France back to the mid-eighteenth century, looking for a connection to the Huguenot Flandreaus of New Rochelle
Barely glimpsed were newspapers, many estate papers and Wills, maps, and land transactions. Would that I had easy access to Westchester County! Ah, well.
I highly recommend a visit to the Historical Society and Archives. They're very friendly and helpful, and their resources are terrific. Be prepared to write things down, though, as the 50 cents per page photocopying charge is a bit steep.
I've updated the RootsWeb page with some of the new information -- a few families have much cleaner and more complete information now. Other areas of research, like the origins of the mysterious David Flandreau, remain tantalizing obscure.
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p.s. See other entries here in the forum regarding the Flandreau graveyard
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