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.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

My New Way of Doing Research

There aren't many times that I get totally excited about finding a new piece of information for my genealogy puzzle.  After 20 years, most of my basic bits of information have been found and celebrated alone.  At this point, I could simply walk away and say to myself, "I really know whom I am," with all the proof and two DNA tests done. 


I keep thinking, what else do I need, other than solve a few brick walls.  Well yes, I could fix up some sources that were done 15 or so years ago...and I do, when I find them.  Within the past several months, I've had a number of people write offering to do this and that for me, including sending me ledger pages with my ancestors names, and several wonderful "new" friends who have helped with cemetery photos and research.  How nice, and I could get used to any help, as long as I help others, it isn't all take and no give.


My new way of doing research has been reading blogs, over 150 now, and I've gotten wonderful bits of information that have helped me.  The most recent help was from Marian Pierre-Louis of  The Symbolic Past.  She posts New England cemetery photos, and I really pay attention to the names as well as all her locations.   Whenever there is a name of a town that sounds familiar, I always check my genealogy software database to see if I have anybody from that area.  One time, I discovered I had a Kilborn buried in a town where she took several photos, and the second time, she posted a cemetery photo of my direct ancestor and, I didn't even know that my Brooks was buried at that cemetery. It turns out there were 3 generations of Brooks there, and I was so excited that my husband and I went to that cemetery the other day to take my own photos.  Marian didn't know she was helping me twice, it was just my paying attention to names and locations that did the trick.


One of the strangest things happened last night, as I posted the piece about The Wedding, which had nothing to with the Clinton wedding, but was about the town my ancestors lived many years ago.  Ancestry.com sent me a notice that there was a possible match for two of family members. Sure, I thought, since most times I already have the information.  But, not this time.  There were two U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 that I hadn't seen.  One for my great-grandmother and a great-aunt.  And...there were passport photos as well!  I had no idea what they looked like at the ages of 67 and 32. Don't have to tell you how excited I was. My great-grandmother's application is below.

What a nice feeling to realize that my research isn't over, new things are appearing, whether through a blog, a genealogy database or from other helpful cousins.  I can now celebrate these recent findings; it feels good, really good. These methods were not available to me in my beginning years, and I need to get used to it. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

11 comments:

Becky Jamison said...

This is just wonderful! I share in your excitement. What a treasure to find the photos on the passports. You've also reminded me to take a closer look at Marian's blog too!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Becky, as I said, I don't find much new stuff these days, and recently, it has been a real treat finding things through others.

Heather Rojo said...

A passport application is very exciting. Lots of good information there, as well as a photo, which is priceless! You must have done a happy dance when you found that!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Heather. Didn't you hear me?

Greta Koehl said...

I have also been surprised by those passport applications! And all of the photos depicted the relatives at ages not seen in other photos.

Barbara Poole said...

Hi Greta, I agree, and isn't it nice when it is delivered to you via the green leaves? So easy. I was totally shocked to see the photo. I hope we both get more notifications like this!

Jenna said...

it doesn't get any better does it, information finding YOU!!

Bill West said...

That's great Barbara! I recently was looking through some graveyard pictures Chris Dunham took up in Maine and was thrilled to see a whole bunch of my ancestors' gravestones.(Only
a genealogist would say that! )

Bill

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Jenna and Bill for your comments, it sure is a new way of doing genealogy.

T.K. said...

Gotta love those passport apps! I got lucky there too!

Barbara Poole said...

Great T.K. It is a real gem of a source. I hope yours had a nice photo you've never seen also.