Melanie Beal Marks, Founder and Principal Researcher

119Melanie Beal Marks, Founder and Principal Researcher of CT House Histories, LLC, has consulted on a wide range of genealogical and historic preservation projects throughout Connecticut, New York, and New England. She is an ardent advocate for threatened and abandoned properties and worked tirelessly to save the Sturges Cottage, a circa 1840 Gothic Revival Gardeners Cottage in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Melanie brings fresh insight and a high level of research detail to her projects. Her areas of expertise include historical and genealogical research, National and State Register listing documentation, and research on historical homes and property. Melanie is a consultant and lecturer for leading preservation organizations in Connecticut including The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Fairfield Museum, and History Center and the Connecticut Gravestone Network. She has conducted workshops and lectures on gravestone preservation, restoration, and art interpretation throughout Connecticut and Ohio.  Melanie is an advocate for the preservation and protection of many of Connecticut’s abandoned burying grounds.  Her passion and interest in Connecticut’s historic burying grounds has led to many restoration and preservation initiatives in the Greenfield Hill Burying Ground, the Old Burying Ground and the Wakeman Cemetery, all in Fairfield, CT.  She is a three-year member of the Easton Cemetery Committee where she has helped in the restoration work of the Gilbertown and Center Street Cemeteries. Melanie also serves on the Advisory Board of the Historical Society of Easton and is a Board member of the Greenfield Hill Village Improvement Society. She is a member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Connecticut Historical Society, Eunice Dennie Burr Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, (Fairfield, CT), Connecticut Ancestry Society, and The Dutchess County Historical Society (NY) as well as numerous historical and genealogical societies throughout Connecticut and New York.

Contact Melanie at or call (203) 856-6270.  


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