This blog brings you breaking news about the 15th New England Regional Genealogical Conference and the city of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

FREE Cemetery Tours to start off NERGC

Did you know that the New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is offering two free cemetery tours on Wednesday, April 6, 2011?

W-103 11:00 A.M. Springfield Cemetery Tour #1
W-104 2:00 P.M. Springfield Cemetery Tour #2

Springfield Cemetery is a rural cemetery that highlights both history and natural beauty. There are about 14 generations of New Englanders buried there. Ruth Shapleigh-Brown, Executive Director of the Connecticut Gravestone Network, and Rusty Clark, Springfield's area cemetery guide and author, will provide an introduction to the area's gravestones and recount stories about the craftsmen who made these old time memorials and some of the people buried in historic Springfield Cemetery.

Rusty Clark is the author of several cemetery books including West Springfield Massachusetts - Stories Carved in Stone.

Bring your curiosity, questions, and cameras. The tours are FREE for conference attendees, but preregistration is required. 

You can register on the NERGC website.

The New England Regional Genealogical Conference (NERGC) is being held April 6-10, 2011 in Springfield, MA. More information is available from the conference website.   


  1. Marian, this blog has been great as we work our way up to NERGC this year. For this reason I am awarding it and you the One Lovely Blog award. Details can be found at Pollyblog, Thanks for all of the great info! Polly

  2. Jennifer MercureMay 28, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Dear Mr. Clark,

    I am a descendant of the Dreicorn family, of Holyoke, MA.. Having seen your Flickr photos, and several comments online, I am writing with interest. In fact, (as you may already know), the original spelling of the name was actually with a "K", but the angel monument is the burial place of the Paint Store family, and not the Bread family....though the two men who founded those two individual businesses were brothers. I have no specific family knowledge of why the "k" was changed, other than to "Americanize" the name to some extent, dividing the two family lineages, over the years since. The Angel monument you pictured online, stands above the graves of my maternal Great-Grandmother, (along with an unknown family friend), both of my maternal Grandparents, several maternal Great-Aunts and a Great-Uncle, and my maternal Aunt Phyllis A. Dreicorn, who recently died this past February 2011, at age 83. She is the last to be buried in that Dreicorn family plot, and will soon be laid to rest there on June 11, 2011.

    Since I was a little girl watering plants there with my Grandfather, the Angel has always fascinated me. I am seeking any information anyone might have concerning any history of the statuary, other than it's German origin, having been purchased by my Great-Grandfather Emil Dreicorn, and the approximate arrival date of 1915.

    Thank you for your interest, and your kind reply,

    Jennifer Lyons Mercure
    (daughter of Marilyn Dreicorn Lyons)