Remsen Family Genealogy Forum
THE REMSEN FAMILY IN AMERICA; A GENEALOGY by Alfred Hunt Remsen, dated 1938 at Jamaica, New York is an unpublished typescript contained in six looseleaf volumes. The original typed pages (not all numbered) with various handwritten notations and corrections are in the Long Island Collection, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica NY, Call No. R929.2 R38 re. I didn't find anything in the files as to when & how QBPL received this, but based on the accession series & old catalog cards, it looks like the 1950s. AHR died in 1954 and I guess it was received from the family. A photocopy was made & bound in the early 1990s for the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society's Reference Library. To my knowledge, no other copies exist. My guess is that there are about 700 typed pages.
In a more recent development, in 1998, a Queens resident acquired a beaten-up 3-ring binder from an antique dealer for $275, with the dealer's label marked "Family/Genealogies from Long Island, with lots of photos, clippings, etc." The man donated this to the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society and it turned out to be another part of the AHR material, this one containing almost 100 more pages of notes on the Remsens, as well as other families (Valentine, Cogswell, Soule, etc.) and approx 50 photos from mid-19th century to about 1940. GRHS has not processed this, but is willing to donate it to the Queens Borough Public Library, in exchange for a bound photocopy on acid-free paper and a copy of the photos & tintypes, if only contact prints. Somehow, this volume was separated from the others. I have this "Volume 7" at the Queens Library, but no action has been taken yet on copying the material.
When I forward a copy of the will abstracts, etc., I'll also send you a photocopy of the dealer's blurb on the additional volume.