Cemeteries of Westchester County

The three volume spiral bound Cemeteries of Westchester County by Patrick J. Raftery is a great resource for information about the cemeteries of Westchester County, NY . Books are available at local libraries and for sale at the Westchester County Historic Society. The following is from the Historical Society website:

A  comprehensive reference work of the County’s cemeteries, as well as a detailed history of the families who have settled here over many generations. From the forward by cemetery expert Gray Williams: “Patrick Raftery has made an enormous contribution to the history of Westchester with this definitive catalog of all its known churchyards, family graveyards and public cemeteries, including both those that still exist and those that have disappeared. He has combined exhaustive documentary research with painstaking observation and photography to provide what will unquestionably prove to be an enduring reference. But from his detailed descriptions there also emerges a revealing account of how the commemoration of the dead has evolved over the centuries and of how this evolution reflects changes in society itself.”

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