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, Wyoming, 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.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Looking Back

Brenda of Journey to the Past wrote about her five favorite libraries, and it was her last one that caught my eye.  A quick email to her explaining the mysterious death of one of my ancestors I wrote about Suicide or MurderJohn Newmark of  Transylvanian Dutch had previously located a newspaper article from St. Louis, MO for me.  Brenda was kind enough to locate three additional newspaper articles from Battle Creek, Michigan. Thank you both.

Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames selected my blog to be one of five that she chose to follow for the Five Weeks to Better Genealogy #9.  She had to read my blog every day for five days!

One Saturday I wrote five Yale University students (emails obtained from the school) to see if any of them were interested in taking a photo of a bronze bust of my ancestor.  Only one responded, and Carol informed me that the fee was $12 per hour, fee set by the University.  Well, since I knew where it was, I gave her directions, although it was pretty easy, since it is located on the first floor of Sterling Library.  She went on Monday morning, and within hours, I had five photos. At least I know what it looks like and am really glad I didn't make the long trip just to take it.

A genealogy friend, Wes and I corresponded quite a bit in the fall, before I began my blog.  Recently he found me via the blog, which I thought was pretty nice.  He informed me that one of our ancestors, John Holmes has a DAR Chapter named after him and it is located in Minnesota.  John Holmes was my 6th great-grandfather.

Hummer of Branching Out Through the Years, informed me that we share the same ancestors: James Fitch and Priscilla Mason. And, Wendy of New England Genealogy shares the direct oldest line to my Jonathan Poole.

At long last, my header photo is done correctly.  Since the very beginning, I haven't been able to insert the photo correctly.  Thanks to Apple of  Apple's Tree, she resized it for me, and this isn't the first time she has helped me.

Greta of Greta's Genealogy Bog mentioned in her Follow Friday for March 26th, my piece in “Sentimental Sunday – My First Job.” Thank you Greta. Follow-up, if you go to Greta's blog, she also wrote about her first job.




7 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

I love those enterprising Yale students. I could have told you names of two of my Girl Scouts who are attending and saved you $12! Anyways, I love that bronze bust, and the whiskers and sideburns are impressive!

Barbara said...

Thanks Heather for the comment, and I will remember this, if I ever need anything else. The student did a great quick job. I am so glad I didn't drive down there to take it!

Brenda said...

Thanks for mentioning me in your blog. I was happy that I could find the articles for you.

Barbara said...

Brenda, I will never forget your kindness, and it was all for a very favorite ancestor.

Wendy said...

What a fun look back! You have given me some interesting postings to read, cousin.

Greta Koehl said...

I love how the GeneaBlogging community works - it's amazing what can be accomplished when a lot of people work together.

Barbara said...

Wendy and Greta, it is fun and rewarding. And made better by the give and take.