Hanover Cemetery Records
The Hanover Cemetery Records collection consists of several groups of documents: the William Dewey Journal, which records deaths in the vicinity of Hanover from 1769 to 1859; the Chivers Notebook, a cemetery plot plan with diagrams of lots, along with inscriptions on monuments in each lot; hand-drawn maps of the cemetery from 1862, 1911, and 1950; and records of the Hanover Cemetery Association, including meeting minutes (1845-1871) and bylaws (1897-1956). These documents provide an extraordinary wealth of information on mortality and genealogy in the Hanover area in this important historical period.
The town of Hanover, New Hampshire, in partnership with Dartmouth College, is working to catalog, restore, and conserve gravestones and the cemetery property. As part of the Dartmouth 250th celebration in 2019, a group of students researched and produced a podcast series on the history of the cemetery.