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

Two Genealogy Friends: Both Wrote Genealogy Books, Were Born in Lowell, MA and Died the Same Week

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.

From the postcard I saved from 2001, I am reminded that I had written Fred Barnes and thanked him for helping me solve a brick wall. His 2-volume book called The Genealogy of Thomas Barnes of Hartford, Connecticut, 2001 of the Barnes family provided the clue. Well, one conversation led to another, and I found out he used to live in Lowell...where I currently live. He frequently visited this city, from California, and I met him and his wife, Edna in 2001 at the Lowell Library. The postcard also reminds me of my upcoming trip to Salt Lake City. Over the years, I have been in frequent contact with Fred and Edna, and have seen them at least five times, the last visit was in 2016 and talked often on the phone. The last conversation with Fred was in December, and I knew he was very ill. Covering the postcard is a Birthday greeting attached with some flowers they sent me. Fredna is a combination of Fred and Edna.

Frederic Wayne Barnes
1933 - 2020

Fred, a native of Lowell, MA, died peacefully on January 7, 2020 in Fairfield, CA. Fred was the fourth child of Percy and Esther (Johnson) Barnes of Lowell, MA.

Left to cherish Fred's memory are his loving wife Edna for 64 years; son Ted Barnes, Ph.D. E.E. and his wife Marjorie of Corvallis, OR, grandson Connelly Barnes, Ph.D. C.S. and his wife Lin of Seattle, WA, and grandson Everett Barnes a medical student of Corvallis, OR. Surviving Fred is his sister Lois and her spouse Ed Mitchell of Parkland, FL, plus many cousins, nieces and nephews. Predeceased are his parents, his brother H. Roy Barnes, and sisters Ruth Woodbury-Downing and Eileen Macheras.

Fred attended the Agawam Street School, Carter Street School, Butler Jr. High School and graduated from Lowell High School in 1951. He attended U. of Nebraska, Omaha and Solano Community College, Fairfield, CA. In addition, he completed many college extension courses with Penn. State and the U. of Maryland while he was in Korea, Japan and Germany.

Fred's employment while attending school and during summer vacations were: Englund's Apple Orchard, Westford; French's Poultry Farm, Warmeset; Jewett's Vinegar Works, Lowell; Gagnon's Department Store, Downtown Lowell.

He was the organist at the Fellowship Methodist Church at Moore and Bourne Streets. On December 28, 1951, Fred left Lowell to join the U.S. Air Force.

Fred was a sports enthusiast. In his youth he played baseball for his neighborhood teams (Grove Tigers) softball and basketball for the Fellowship Methodist Church team. He continued playing fast pitch softball, basketball and nine man touch football in the Air Force. The Air Weather Service teams at Offutt AFB, NE were base and district champions in softball and football many times. Additionally, Fred served as a Little League Manager, Coach and Player Agent in Japan and Germany. Fred served 20 years in the Air Force retiring in 1971 as a MSgt Weather Forecaster. He met his future wife, Edna, at Offutt Weather Central, Omaha, NE where they served as USAF co-workers. His overseas assignments were: Thornborough AFB, Cold Bay, Alaska; Seoul, Korea; Hakata Japan and Frankfurt, Germany. Subsequent employments were: Manager, Beneficial Finance (Northern CA Manager of the year 1978); Campaign Manager and Admin. Assistant to Solano County, CA Supervisor Richard Brann; Vice President CA, CMT Federal Credit Union (Now Solano First Credit Union); and Part time Sales Rep. for his close and personal friend, Lee O'Dell, at Sports Corner, Inc., Fairfield, CA.

Fred was very active in Fairfield City and Solano County, CA community affairs. He served on the Fairfield Planning Commission, Fairfield Architectural Approval Committee, Solano County Planning Commission, Solano County Arts Commission. He also served as a Campaign Manager for a few County and School District Elections.

Fred was a member of many organizations: The Sons of the American Revolution; Past Distinguished President and Past Distinguished Secretary of the Fairfield Kiwanis Club; American Meteorological Society since 1968; Sons of Italy; Solano County Genealogical Society; Connecticut Society of Genealogists; National Assn of Uniformed Services - NAUS; Sampson AFB Veterans Assn. and Charter & Life Member of the United Veterans Memorial Assn. Life Member: The National Society of the American Colonists; Air Weather Assn.; Freedom through Vigilance Assn. (USAF Security Service); 6918th Security Service Alumni; Non-Commissioned Officers Assn.; Air Force Assn; American Veterans - AmVets and the American Legion Post 182 where he served as Chaplain and Finance Officer. He served the American Legion 5th District for many years as Scribe and through Resolution was granted 5th District Scribe Emeritus status.

Fred and his wife Edna, were family researchers. They published two books listing descendants of Thomas Barnes of Essex County, England and an original settler in 1635 of Hartford, CT. Fred could trace his paternal grandmother's roots, Margaret Spafford, back to the year 965. Fred and Edna, through their military travels, genealogy research and vacations, had the opportunity to visit all 50 U.S. states.

A Christian funeral service will be conducted at Bryan Braker Funeral Home, Fairfield, CA.

Viewing will be Thursday Evening from 5PM to 8PM and Funeral Services at 2PM Friday. Private burial, with full military honors will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, Dixon, CA .
Published in Lowell Sun on Jan. 12, 2020.________________Doris Pearsall was my neighbor, her house is directly behind mine, and we met in 1996 when we moved in. I believe she was thrilled that we didn't have children, nor a dog. She was single her entire life and liked a quiet life like me. Then we discovered we both did genealogy. She had written a three-volume book on her Pearsall line, been to Salt Lake City and various libraries in the Boston area. She had been hospitalized for over three years prior to her death due to Alzheimer's. Her house is still vacant and I fondly miss her.Doris Theresa Pearsall Ph.D.
of Lowell

Doris Theresa Pearsall, Ph.D., 86, of Lowell, MA died Tuesday, January 07, 2020 at D'Youville Senior Care Center in Lowell.

Born in Lowell, she was the daughter of the late George F.A. and Alice B. (Marcotte) Pearsall. She graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1950 and continued in her quest in higher education, earning her BA in Psychology from Boston College, her Master's in Sociology from Northeastern University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston College.

She retired from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health in 2004 after 31 years of dedicated research and service to those with mental health needs. Her research was published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the Massachusetts Journal of Mental Health and other publications.

She was a communicant of St. Margaret's Church in Lowell where she was a member of the church choir.

Her great interest in studying the Pearsall Family genealogy took her to Europe and Utah. She reprinted a three-volume set of the family history and distributed it to many Pearsall descendants throughout the country. Doris also enjoyed spending time with her extended family, helped plan family reunions, skied, and visited sites that were important to her faith, including Medugorje and Lourdes.

Doris was a loyal supporter of both the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial.

She is survived by her brother Stephen and his wife Mary Willett of Bradford, MA, sisters, Lillian Pellissier of Glen Mills, PA and Pauline Gallagher of Worcester, MA and her sister-in-law Nancy Hornick of Mount Dora, FL. She was aunt to 21 nieces and nephews and great aunt to many more.

She was the sister of the late George Pearsall, James Pearsall, Lorraine McLaughlin and Rita Conlon Neal.


Dr. Doris Theresa of Lowell, MA died Tuesday, Jan. 7. Visiting hours Friday from 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. Funeral Saturday at 9 A.M. from the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX ST., CHELMSFORD, with a funeral Mass at 10 A.M. at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Lowell. Burial in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lowell. Memorials may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

Published in Lowell Sun on Jan. 9, 2020

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, Maine

Historical Society of Wells and Ogunquit, York Co., Maine
938 Post Rd
Wells, Maine 04090
(207) 646-4775

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.)

Wishing All those in the Military a Very Merry Holiday Season

The 45-year old Christmas Day dinner menu has been a long-cherished memento from my Army days. Look over the wonderful foods we were served at Fort Belvoir, Virginia on Christmas in 1974. I wonder if the military still serves delicious food on this day. Many blessings to all the servicemen and servicewomen who are spending Chrismas far from home.

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

Lewiston Public Library, Lewiston, Maine

Lewiston Public Library
200 Lisbon St.
LewistonMaine 04240

(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).

The original library has the green roof, and the new addition has the white roof.


Trying to track down branches of your family tree? Our local genealogy collection has many sources of information to help. The following are just some of the sources we offer. Please also see our Lewiston History resources. The Maine State Library also has a great collection of genealogical materials and services.

Materials (books & electronic files)

Online Services

We offer (in-library use only) and Heritage Quest for online genealogy searches. Both are excellent and comprehensive resources. Learn more on the Genealogy Digital Services page.

Lewiston History

We have historical & genealogical resources on Lewiston, Androscoggin County, and Maine. The non-genealogical materials are detailed below; please see our Genealogy page for those resources.

Lewiston Newspapers

Evening Journal, Daily Sun, & Sun Journal

Lewiston’s first newspaper, The Evening Journal, was begun in 1861. The Daily Sun started publishing in 1896. These two papers combined in 1989 to become the current paper, The Sun Journal. We have the complete print runs of all three papers on microfilm. The microfilm can be browsed here in the library by anyone. However, it is not indexed or searchable by keyword.
Google Newspaper Archive
Google has scanned and indexed many, but not all, of these newspapers. Those archives are available from anywhere:

Other Local Newspapers

Also on microfilm, we hold the complete print runs of:
  • The Maine Times (1968 – 1976)
  • Le Messager (1880 – 1968)

Lewiston Collection (digital resources)

Our Digital Archives has over 5000 images of historical Lewiston/Auburn, as well as 10,000 references to various topics in local media during the past 150 years.

Lewiston Collection (physical materials)

The Lewiston collection is an amazing collection portraying the history of the city through various documents such as:
  • City and County Directories
  • Bates College Theses
  • The Franklin Company papers
  • scrapbooks
  • personal accounts
  • reports & records of organizations

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