2010 Edward J. Raser
Ed Raser began researching Monmouth County surnames sixty years ago, using gravestone inscriptions. In 1955, he published his initial inventory, Monmouth County Cemetery Guide, and shortly thereafter became a regular contributor to the Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey, for which he served as associate editor for 32 years. Raser continued his research and, in 2002, published the 359-page, authoritative volume, New Jersey Graveyard and Gravestone Inscriptions Locator: Monmouth County, to which he published his Addendumin 2007. When visitors come to the Monmouth County Archives and other repositories in New Jersey seeking family history, Raser’s book is often their starting point for research. Raser has also published Gravestone Inscription Information from Small and Relocated Monmouth County Burial Grounds (2002) and books on gravestone inscriptions in Mercer County (2002) and Morris County (1994).