Publications, Biographies, Links & Social Media


The Society’s newsletter, THE MINOR MIRROR, is published twice yearly in April and October. It carries articles concerning our early ancestors as well as news about our members, their families and upcoming reunions. In it members will be kept informed of Society activities and related areas of interest to the descendants of Thomas. 


A Microsoft Word document is best. If you work in another program, send it as a PDF. Whatever you do, don’t scan the page. Members are encouraged to send pictures and articles to the coeditor for consideration:

Length: There’s no specific target length. Anywhere from 600 to 1200 words is adequate (Microsoft Word has a great word count feature – TOOLS, Word count). But that is only a general rule of thumb. You must take the length it takes to tell your story.


If you are uncertain about the below specifications, ask your kids, or grandkids.

Format — jpeg format, PNGs, PDFs are OK.

DPI — 300 DPI is ideal but do what you can.

Size – under 15 MB is a good gauge for emailing.

PHOTOS – If you are taking a picture of a picture, no problem. Just make sure it’s well lit up and maybe without a flash. Cell phones take great photos, but it can take a few attempts. Be patient. Get help from someone adept at taking these photos. Consider using a smartphone app like Adobe Scan or Camscanner to help get a higher quality image.

Submission deadlines:

SPRING: February 1st
FALL: August 1st

Issues Mailed by April 2nd and October 1st


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During his lifetime, John A. Miner, founder of the Thomas Minor Society, published several books on Thomas and his descendants.  Two of these publications are still available in limited quantities from the Society. 

To purchase either publication, send a check for $35 USD to Fred Burdick, 595 Taugwonk Rd., Stonington, CT 06378 or use the payment button below.
All prices are listed in US dollars (USD). 

Contact Fred Burdick ( before ordering for all orders outside of the US or Canada.

The Minor Diaries – Stonington, CT.  Thomas’ diary dates from 1653 until 1684.  Manassah’s diary dates from 1696 to 1720.  Originally published in 1976.$36.40 (includes shipping in the U.S.)
An Ancestral Narrative – 2nd Edition, Descendants of William Myner, B.C. 1450.  This is an important study of the early history of descendants of Thomas Minor.  This document includes a copy of a rare journal describing the fright-filled journey across the sea in 1629, details about the circumstances in England which prompted Thomas’s departure for America, excerpts from Thomas’s diary, new information on Thomas’s ancestors in Chew Magna from 1523 on, and much, much more.$36.40 (includes shipping in the U.S.)
To purchase either publication online, use the payment button below and then send a message to Fred Burdick @

Interesting Links

There are literally thousands of genealogical websites on the Internet. The links listed below are of particular interest for descendants of Thomas and Grace Minor.

Links to Miner Family-related genealogical web pages:

In addition, you might find the following general purpose genealogical websites useful:


On this page are listed selected biographies of prominent descendants and spouses of Thomas and Grace Palmer Minor. WE NEED MORE!! If you would like to have additional biographies added to this page, please forward a copy of the biography to the Webmaster in Word or PDF format. The webmaster reserves the right to edit your document for style consistency and for spelling and grammar.

The biographies here must be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here to install it for free (it will take just a few minutes to download to your computer.)

Miner, Albert (1809 – 1848)
Miner, Moroni (1835 – 1935)
Miner, Nelson Preston, Capt. (1827 – 1879)
Miner, Tamma Durfee (1813 – 1885)

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