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.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Looking Back

A year ago I began posting my cemetery stone photos for the Tombstone Tuesday entries on my blog.  It became a huge project, since none of the 10+ year old photos were scanned and I had no organization whatsoever. In addition, I added them all into Find-A-Grave. That project is now complete and if I hadn't begun a blog, none of that would have been accomplished! Today, I posted my last Tombstone Tuesday posting. I've already begun a list of cemeteries to visit in spring. Did you know that Find-A-Grave now has 54 million grave records online?

Although, I haven't yet ordered a flip-pal (see 2-part blog review by Susan of Long Lost Relatives), I did subscribe to GenealogyBank thanks to Greta of Greta's Genealogy Bog and thanks to Elizabeth of Little Bytes of Life who mentioned the half price special at Footnote, I subscribed immediately before the deal expired. I've learned one thing from my blog friends, if somebody orders something, then we all seem to want it...I could go broke soon. But, it is so much fun.

A follow-up on my post about Historical Societies, this post now contains more photos of Historical Societies in New England. Recently, I took additional pictures, they are from Massachusetts: Sawyer House (The Bolton Historical Society), and from Keene New Hampshire is the Cheshire County Historical Society.

Sawyer House
Bolton Historical Society, Bolton, Massachusetts

Historical Society of Cheshire Co., Keene, New Hampshire


Carol said...



Apple said...

Congrats on finishing your tombstone project!

I bet the Historical Society of Cheshire County holds some treasures for me. Every summer I plan to head that direction but it never seems to work out.

Nolichucky Roots said...

Kudos, Barbara! You've perked me up as I sit here surrounded by the stuff I'm trying to get out into the world. Maybe that is a light at the end of the tunnel and not the train.

Cynthia Shenette said...

Barbara - Congrats on finishing up your project! Thanks also for the info on flip-pal. Looks interesting. Right now I'm kind of interested in getting a hand-held scanner for scanning things at the library that are too delicate to photocopy. City directories and the like. You're right, we learn so much from our blogging buddies. I too recently subscribed to GenealogyBank and Footnote and got good deals on both. I also like the photos of the historical societies, BTW.

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks to all of you. Apple, the next time I go, I'll write you. Also, anybody buried up in Keene?
Susan, I love the idea that a photo can perk you up, I'll try to do more.
Cynthia, if I have quest. on our new products, I'll be writing you! And Carol, enjoy your trip, many claps to you.

lindalee said...

I have felt your pain with the scanning of photos of tombstones. I have finished the scanning and continue to scan photos of people, places and things to use on my blog. Congrats on completing your task. I have enjoyed your tombstone posts and am usually envious of the older Puritan ones in your family.

Greta Koehl said...

Yeah, that Flip-Pal goes on my next year's Christmas list; wand for documents, flip-pal for photos. My husband laughs at how geeky I've become. It's nice to have goals and plans from year to year - you really have an accomplishment to be proud of with your cemetery stone project! Now you've got me in that "looking back" mood!

Susan Petersen said...

Barb - should I send you a list of all the new stuff you need to buy?!?!? Will check out your listings on FindAGrave.

Barbara Poole said...

Linda, Greta and Susan, thank you for your comments. Susan, no list please. Greta, looking forward will work too, but I am not usually goal orientated, it was my only goal for the year, but good luck to you. Linda, I'm fortunate to have a lot of oldies of mine in the area.

Michelle Goodrum said...

Congratulations on finishing your tombstone project. It was quite the project and you hung in there! Yeah!

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks Michelle, For once I met a goal!

Elizabeth O'Neal said...

Congratulations on finishing up some terrific projects. And glad I could help you spend a little $$. That's what friends are for, right? ;-)