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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

1630 Phipps Cemetery is One of the Oldest in Massachusetts

Buried in one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States, are Thomas Rand and his wife Sarah Edenden, who are my 9th great grand-parents. Phipps Cemetery in Charlestown, next to Boston, MA was established in 1630, and all the stones are in their original plots, none have been moved. Surrounding this cemetery is a locked iron fence and housing (apartments or condos?) on three sides. Fortunately, somebody will unlock the fence once you give them 24 hrs. notice. I was given the time slot between 8:45 - 2 on a Saturday. The photos below are of the tombstones, part of the cemetery, and surrounding apartments.

Ye 4 1683

DIED JUNE 26 1699

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jeremiah Fitch, Half of his Cemetery Stone

Trying to find a certain cemetery stone in this small cemetery could be a hassle, if you didn't know where to look. This past Saturday, I was very lucky for the following three reasons. First, the leaves hadn't emerged, thus there were very few shadows. Although, I've been here many times, this was my first visit in early Spring. Second, this is a very popular tourist spot, many school groups, scout troops and regular tourists go through here to see where Paul Revere was buried, and other well-known people. Third, if you don't know where to look, it could be a problem, there is nobody to help you. However, I knew exactly where to look, thanks to a map I recently located online. I did a post, so you can find if your family member is buried in Boston.
SEE: How Do You Find Your Ancestors in the Boston Cemeteries?

The Boston Athenaeum is on the left. The backs to the above buildings are not entrances.
Jeremiah Fitch
Born:  5 May 1621, England
Died:  3 May 1692, Boston, Massachusetts

Relationship: He is my 7th great-granduncle.

The sun was facing me, so my photos were rather dark. I lightened them quite a bit. You can see Jeremiah's stone from a distance, below. Tremont Street is in front.

Another day, lots of leaves and people.

Friday, April 20, 2018

How Do You Find Your Ancestors in the Boston Cemeteries?

The Granary Burying Ground, Boston, MA
How does somebody go about trying to find a person in this cemetery? The Granary Burying Ground is one of the oldest in the United States, and perhaps the most historic. What about in the other cemeteries in Boston? Recently I discovered my 7th great granduncle was buried here. This cemetery is well known to me, as I recently wrote a post about Louisa May Alcott's father being this cemetery, and I took the above photo for the post.

How was I ever going to find my Jeremiah Fitch? Not by walking around all day, that's for sure But it did take me much of the morning to find the PERFECT site to help you discover if your family members are buried in Boston. And, I am happy I won't have to waste time among the tourists! A special map for the tourists is shown at the bottom of this post.

The instructions are very simple, so I hope my example and additional words make it easy for you. The first link is It brings you to Search Historic Headstones, a very long page.

The above is almost impossible to read, so go to the link to read about the two options. I used option 1, shown below.

To see if your surname is in this database, use the drop-down feature for Last Name, and choose the cemetery, but if you don't know which one, all individuals with that surname will show up in any cemetery. Nice feature. Since I knew the cemetery name, in figure 2, I have several choices.
 FIGURE 1 (find surname in drop-down box, and choose cemetery)
FIGURE 2, with results
Once you find the name and correct cemetery, write down the location number. In my example, the G stands for the Granary Cemetery, so I only needed to remember  B713 for Jeremiah Fitch. Below is a listing of the cemeteries, to get the map, you need to scroll below to the Site Maps section. This is a very long page, so I had to break it into several screen shots.

The Site Maps section shows two choices for the Granary Burying Ground, a right and a left. I chose Right, and got a rather large image of part of the cemetery. Once enlarged, you can see all cemetery numbers, and the layout including the street, and where the Boston Athenaeum is located. See at the bottom for map.

The first image is at 25% , and the 2nd at 67%

 The B section I am interested in, can be seen clearly below.

The initial website I found was at
From this, I found the other links. Additional information is available, such as HOURS.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Van Woert and Van Ness, They were listed in a Bible

Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, Otsego Co., New York
In 2003 I found, online, a typed transcript of a Bible showing births and marriages of the Van Woert family of New York. At that time, I already knew who this family was, and even made a trip in 1999 to Oneonta, New York to take photos of their cemetery stones at the Plains Cemetery. There were two generations, for a total of four photos, as shown in my post of February 2010

Finding this Bible transcript didn't help me at all, since I had the information, but instead of throwing it away, I decided to post this transcript, in case it helps anybody with this Dutch family. I'm not sure if the original website is active, I just decided to do a Google search, using Van Woert and Van Ness, and yes, there is a new link, but the material is the same.

Below is the transcription, and the one I printed in January 2003. I wasn't able to get permission to post, since I believe it isn't an active site. The below Bible and other links to miscellaneous sites may be seen at Van Wert, Ward, Rutgers and allied names.

"In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert

[In this typed record, the format is inconsistent. To clarify, instead of using the original's ditto marks, I have inserted the word intended to be copied.]

In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert, on a loose leaf, was a Record of the Van Woert Family

[Grand] Should be parents. Jacob Van Woert, born July 1, 1754.
Sarah Van Ness, born Mar. 26, 1754.

John Van Woert Born Dec. 21[doublestrike 11], 1781. at Albany N.Y.
Peter Van Woert Born Feb. 15, 1784. at Albany N.Y.
Elizabeth Van Woert born Jan 15, 1788. died Dec. 12, 1790.
Adrian Van Woert Born Mar. 16, 1790.
Elizabeth Van Woert Born Feb. 18, 1793.
Jacob Van Woert Born Dec. 15, 1796.
Parents came to Oneonta N.Y. in 1806 or 1807.
Peter Van Woert married Rhoby Potter, May 17, 1810.
Rhoby Potter was born Mar. 26, 1792, died July 5, 1842.

Their Children.
1. Jacob Van Woert born Aug. 9, 1811, died Aug. 22, [no date entered]
2. Nancy Van Woert born Aug. 18, 1812.
3. Jacob Peter Van Woert born Oct. 7, 1814.
4. Stafford Potter born May 16, 1819.
5. James Schoonhoven Van Woert born Apr. 23, 1821.
6. Joseph Allen Van Woert born June 9, 1823.
7. Elizabeth Van Woert born Aug. 1, 1825.
8. Maranda Ann Van Woert born Aug. 2, 1827.
9. William Burlingame Van Woert born Sept. 25, 1829.
10. Cornelia Ganet Van Woert born Mar. 15, 1832.

Parents, James S. Van Woert married in 1843 to Catherine Noxen.

Their Children:
1. Mary Baldwin born Mar. 6, 1845.
2. Jane Jones born Mar. 14, 1847.
3. Rohby [sic] Haladay born 1851.
4. Peter Van Woert born Dec. 12, 1859.
Jacob Van Woert married Jane Bornt.

1. Clinton Van Woert
2. Hattie Cummings

John Scrambling married Nancy Van Woert
1. Peter
2. Hellen Winsos [sic]
3. Rhoby Williams

Peter Bundy married Sarah
1. Celestia Thorp
2. Harrison
3. Maranda Enderling

Stafford married Elizabeth Bronson
1. Eddie
2. Herbert
3. Celestia
4. Lillian

James married Catherine Noxen
1. Jane Jones
2. Rhoby Holaday [sic]
3. Peter

Joseph married Mary [F]owler [letter unclear]
1. Hamilton
2. Ella Hale

John Deitz married Elizabeth
1. Rhoby Travis
2. Marie Young

[The next three entries were typed in the margin to the right of the previous three.]

Lewis Van Woert married Maranda ---
William Van Woert married Marie F[?]leming
Delos Hathaway married Ganet

 Copied by Mrs. Zillah Van Cle_t [unclear letter] Bull.
Oneonta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. 1935.
Bible Records 30, NY State p. 110

home page Updated Apr. 6, 2001"

Friday, February 2, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe, The Website was a Gem, and Oh Her Clothes

When I heard that the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was having a Georgia Totto O'Keeffe exhibit called, Art, Image and Style, I was rather excited, since she is my 4th cousin, once removed. It was widely attended when we were there on Sunday, so I was limited as to what photos I could take. There were too many people looking at her painting, The Brooklyn Bridge, so I couldn't take it. The majority of the items shown were photographs of Georgia and a lot of clothes, beautiful, original and simple. However, to my disappointment, there were few paintings, perhaps eight or so, but I was familiar with two, so I was pleased with seeing them. All photos are enlarged in order to see the details in her clothes. Note: this is a long post.

My thoughts on the exhibit. I was disappointed concerning the exhibit because there was was nothing about her family, nor where she was born. There were not enough pieces of her art work. But, I loved her clothes, and learned she made many of her own clothes. She was fashionable from an early age, as she knew her style.

About 1/3 of the way through, I asked a guard if I could take photos, because I hadn't seen anybody do it. Fortunately, the answer was yes, and that led to a nice conversation. I shared some of my genealogy information about where she was born (Wisconsin), and told him I had her tree on my iPad. He was interested, so I shared my ancestry tree right there to this mighty impressed man now interested in genealogy technology.

While doing some research for this post, I discovered a genealogy gem. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has a wealth of information on their web page, but the best thing, for me was the detailed timeline of her life. Please see at:

The photos were taken in the order I saw them, and all quotes were taken from the place cards.

Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1908. About 21 years old.

September 6, 1948. About 61 years old.

Painting is In the Patio IX, about 1964, the "Chute" dress  by Emilio Pucci, about 1954.
"The V was a significant form for O'Keeffe. Photographs of her young and old reveal how she continuously used V necklines as a visual framing device for her long neck."

"Her modern black dresses with white trim, flat shoes, and thick stockings were so radically out of character with traditional feminine dress codes that they generated local curiosity and gossip."

Photos taken by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. She fearlessly appeared both as a male and a female.

Kimono-style coat, late 1920s-early 1930s.

Black Pansy and Forget-Me-Nots (Pansy), 1926.
2 Yellow Leaves (Yellow Leaves), 1928

Smock; 1950s-60s. Apron; 20th century.

The print, 1968 is, Georgia O'Keeffe with Chair, 1958. "She mostly likely designed this madras dress, cleverly creating the abstract and seamless interaction of the read and purple areas."

Stump in Red Hills, 1940.

Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico, 1935.
O'Keeffe had her frame maker fashion a scalloped and punched sheet metal frame. In later years, she was drawn to the blue scallops that run uniformly around the hemline of Marimekko's 'Varjo' dress and the edge of Ferragamo's suede flats." (See dress and shoes below, with scallop design.)

March 1, 1968.

"O'Keeffe bought her first wrap dresses from Neiman Marcus in Texas in the late 1950s. She owned at least one of the store's first iteration of the dress called a 'Model's Smock.' It was made of pink cotton, long sleeved, unlined, with no buttons or zippers, only a matching belt. She then purchased other versions of the same style, wearing them in layers or with a light blouse underneath, and accessorizing them with one of her belts, pins, scarfs, or hats. She liked her wrap dresses so much that she took a well-worn one apart and made a paper pattern from it. Local dressmakers recreated it for her in different colors and materials. She had two dozen examples in her closets when she died."

Georgia O'Keeffe with Painting in the Desert, N. M., 1960 by Tony Vaccaro. She is holding her painting, Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow.

Blue II, 1958.