About People’s Database

In this Volume of the Brookhaven/Southaven web site , John Deitz developed genealogies of the families of Brookhaven (Fire Place) and South Haven hamlets, in the Town of Brookhaven, Suffolk County (Long Island), New York State, U.S.A.  The two hamlets of Brookhaven and South Haven have been closely interlinked since earliest colonial times, and the names Brookhaven (or Fire Place or Brook Haven) and South Haven has been applied to geographic neighborhoods in both hamlets at various times.

The people recorded in this Volume were not necessarily residents in one of the two hamlets. However, all have a “family” connection to the Hamlets through one or more ancestors or descendants. Some collateral lines are also included.

Those who are believed to have resided in the hamlets are identified by a ^ following their name.  Ancestors of Hamlet People residents are identified by a > following their name, descendants by a <.  Note, however, that these designations are imperfect;  documentation of residency is stronger in some cases than in others.

People identified with a † following their name were identified as members of the South Haven Presbyterian Church, but were not identified as being residents of the Hamlets. In Colonial times (and even today), the Parish itself extended well to the east and west of the Fire Place and South Haven Hamlets.

This material is always evolving and recorded in a master genealogical database maintained off-the-web. These pages have been periodically updated—The Hamlet People Database   and we are open to additions and corrections.


Current database statistics

As of  3 September 2012, the Hamlet People database contains: 368 trees (each “tree” is a collection of interlinked individuals who are related either by birth or marriage), and 16321 individuals.

  • 82% of the individuals (13420)  are connected in a single tree.

    • The next largest tree (396 individuals) contains a little over 2% of the individuals.

    • There are 178 orphan trees—trees of only one person.  Many of these individuals are likely a member of another tree, but the exact relationship has not yet been found.

1 Who’s In — Who’s Not

For the most part, I’ve only entered the names of individuals and families who I’ve found to be direct descendants or ancestors of folks who have lived in Brookhaven and South Haven Hamlets.  There are a few exceptions:


For collateral lines, I try to include at least one generation of pedigree, making it easier for others who may be using this information to make a connection to their research.  (Sometimes I find a family especially interesting, and follow the collateral lines more than I normally would.)


When I am researching families who I know to be prominent in the area and may have a connection I’ve not yet found, I usually to enter several generations of “ancestor” descendants (i.e., the cousins lines) in the hope that I’ll later find a connection later.  For example, I’ll enter all the descendants of grandparents if readily available, at least to the generation of the Hamlet individual which started the tree.  I usually do not carry this policy much beyond a great-grandparent generation.


Where a more distant ancestor has known children, but only one or two seem likely to have a future connection to the Hamlet, I’ll indicate in a marriage note how many other children there were.  You’ll have to go to the source to find their names and descendants.

Since the focus of this database is on the early families who lived in Fire Place/Brookhaven and South Haven Hamlets, the trees documented here are obviously incomplete.  I doubt I’d live long enough to document all the branches of all the families who’ve had a connection to the Hamlets — even though it’s a relatively small place.  

2 Genealogy Lines

Direct Ancestor:  a father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, etc.  Also referred to as an individual’s pedigree or lineage.


Direct Descendant:  A son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, etc.


Collateral Lines:  Neither a direct ancestor or direct descendant, such as brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, and their descendants.  Also included are people related by marriage, such as the wives and husbands of brothers and sisters and their ancestors.

03 Sep 2012