FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French has announced that independent historian Edward J. Raser of Monroe Township has been selected for the 2010 Jane G. Clayton Award.

Created in 1997, the Clayton Award honors individuals who, over a substantial number of years, have made exceptional contributions to an awareness, understanding, and/or preservation of the history of Monmouth County. It is named after former County Clerk Jane G. Clayton, who was responsible for the creation of the Monmouth County Archives.

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Edward J. Raser of Monroe Township has been selected for the 2010 Jane G. Clayton Award.

The award will be presented at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 at Archives and History Day at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, 125 Symmes Dr., Manalapan. The event is free and no registration is required to attend.

Raser began researching Monmouth County surnames 60 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, he published the 359-page, authoritative volume, “New Jersey Graveyard and Gravestone Inscriptions Locator: Monmouth County,” to which he published his addendum in 2007.

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). A retired Systems Analyst and Project Manager with IBM, Raser continues to be active in developing genealogical resources that are heavily used by researchers.