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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Chatted with 2 people who met "WDYTYA" Celebrities

Today wasn't my normal type day at a library. Spent the time at the New England Historical and Genealogical Library (NEHGS) in Boston. I wanted to look up Vermont records for two genabloggers and records for me.


However, I was hoping to be able to ask somebody about Sarah Jessica Parker's visit to the Library for her segment filmed there. My friend said that Sarah greeted her and introduced herself, the impression was, Sarah was very nice and friendly. The filming was done during a normal work day, gee I wish I had known, I would have gone in...maybe.


The other person was Gary Boyd Roberts who was on this past Friday's TV show; he was at the New York Historical Society and showed Brooke Shields her tree. During our 20 minute chat, I found out that Brooke was on Broadway and that is why she didn't go to Boston for the filming. Gary mentioned how tall she was and then talked a lot about her tree and his nice treatment he received in New York, and he had no  problem with going to the city. Gary gave me permission to post a page from his recent book with the genealogy of Brooke. See below.


I haven't been to this Library since January, and was surprised at the number of visitors. One was being shown how to use FamilySearch.org and there were three adults hovered around a computer looking things up on Ancestry. I was told that there were a lot of new members. The staff was very busy.


The look ups for Fenn and Bascom weren't successful. There were no Fenns in the Vermont Vital Records to 1890, there were a lot of Bascoms, but nothing that I thought was for the right family.

10 comments:

Wendy said...

It sounds like a fun day, chatting about the WDYTYA celebs. But sorry to hear it wasn't a very productive one. Now I have to go flip to the page in "The Royal Descendants of 600 Immigrants" to see it. :)

Ah yes! (Oof, heavy book.) There it is. I never noticed before! Thank you for posting this.

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

You have the most interesting life, Barbara! I live vicariously through you!

Barbara said...

Wendy, I am one of the few who haven't done a piece about the program, but I thought this stuff was interesting. So you have the book, hum, Gary had to get it for me... should have said it is in So. Korea! Elizabeth, interesting life, boring person to my non-genealogy friends.

Heather Rojo said...

Yes, Barbara, all my adventures are genealogy adventures, too, and my non-genealogy friends are tired of hearing about them!

Wendy said...

I have many books from NEHGS and Mayflower. Whenever we have some sort of financial boon, I usually spend it on genealogy. And thank goodness that I do, because having my own traveling genealogy library (books and CDs) is VERY useful while living on the other side of the world! :-)

Barbara said...

Heather and Wendy, we will meet some day and I look forward to it. Although I might be in a walker then!

A rootdigger said...

Nice Post, It's the kind of thing after the show that is nice to know. jo

Barbara said...

Thank you for the comment and I think we all like a little bit of true gossip. And thank you too for being a follower.

Brenda said...

Barbara, I was interested in your comment about look ups for Fenn's in Vermont. I have Fenn's in my ancestry. Daniel Fenn from Shoreham, Vermont area. He is an elusive ancestor. I enjoyed reading about your WDYTYA conversation.

Barbara said...

Hi Brenda, I was doing the look-up for you, thought this would be a surprise. There just wasn't anything. These were records up to 1890, are yours later, now I can't remember?