Since December 19, 2019, I have known four people who died. This was unusual because two were related to my husband and three were genealogists. Because I often use my blog posts as a diary (now a 10-year diary) I am posting the very impressive, and long obituaries for my two genealogy friends; Fred Barnes and Doris Pearsall. As my title states, they both wrote genealogy books, were born in Lowell and died within a week of each other. Not noted was they both visited the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.
My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.
For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.
Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.
Sunday, February 2, 2020
Thursday, December 19, 2019
Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, York Co., Maine
938 Post Rd
Wells, Maine 04090
The Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit in Maine is on Route 1, a heavily traveled road during the summer. Most people don't expect to see a historical society in a church, so they are surprised when they discover that fact. My husband and I have been members for close to 20 years. My husband has quite a few local ancestors and relatives, but I have none. The library has holdings for all the New England states, and I believe the complete set of TEG (The Essex Genealogist) magazine. The inclusion of a museum in the church is a benefit.
Table space was limited because the archivist was working on an exhibit. Seeing those items was a bonus.
The rooms below were in the process of being painted and prepared for the new historic exhibits.
Julia Einstein, the administrator, showed me a copy of an original photo taken when the church had a memorial service shortly after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated.
Looking at the back of the church.
Front hallway, and door to the right. However, to enter the Historical Society, the door is at the back of the church.
The Google map shows the Historical Society at the bottom of the map.
Waves and Furrows (December 2019) is the name of the newsletter for the Society. I'm sharing an old page because I love the Harbor Candy Shop in Ogunquit, and I wanted to share a bit of information. (If you are in the area, I suggest you stop in for some candy.)
I decided to research the commanding officer, Lloyd B. McCabe. A picture of his tombstone may be seen at Arlington National Cemetery.
Fort Belvoir is 4 miles from Mount Vernon and about 16 miles from Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
(Under the Library Service tab, you will see Genealogy and Library Services listed. I've included the library images of these sections below.)
In September, my husband was anxious to use the Lewiston Library because he has ancestors from the area. Since it is in the center of the city, and on a major corner, I was worried about parking, but we got a spot right in front, however, to enter, we had to walk to the opposite side of the library. (Photo of entrance is at the end of this post.)
Main reference desk, from this location we were guided upstairs to the genealogy area.
Facing the Reference desk, the genealogy room is on the right. On the left side is a lovely computer room. Several librarians working there knew their holdings.
My husband signing in.
The knowledgeable staff member looking up something for my husband in the genealogy room. Three photos below were taken in this room. There is an archives area but is off-limits to the public. The librarian did retrieve some material for Bill.
The reference area computer room, next to the genealogy room.
Plenty of books on the 2nd floor.
Entrance to the library. The street below is Lisbon Street (sliver of library shown on the lower right side).