The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Bits of News -- Twitter Posts to be in the Library of Congress

"Library of Congress plans to archive Twitter posts Privacy concerns raised, but tweets offer slice of history By Jon Swartz USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO — If you tweet this, it will be in the Library of Congress. On Wednesday, the library said it has acquired Twitter’s service started four years ago. The implications for Twitter’s more than 100 million users could be huge: it runs 55 million tweets every day, which means billions of tweeta are being archived." The entire article is in today's (April 15, 2010) USA Today newspaper.

In the same article, "Google is introducing Google Replay, a feature to search historical public tweets around a specific topic and date."

Treasure Chest Thursday -- Coverlet by Betsey E. Adams, 1849

On March 27, 2010, I posted several generations of my Adams lineage from Genesee Co., New York and Connecticut. John Adams is my long-standing brick wall. So it was an unbelievable thrill to receive a message that same day from Claire who informed me that Betsey E. Addams is in her line. We compared notes, and although she isn't working on the Adams line just yet, she presented me with the nicest gift, that being several photos of a coverlet made by Betsey at age 19.  Betsey was my 1st cousin, 4 times removed.

We are not sure why Betsey spelled her last name as Addams instead of Adams, but without a doubt, she is the same person. Claire, the owner, wrote, "The size of the coverlet 70" X 90" width. It was (from what I read) sewed together down the middle. The coverlet has in the opposite front corner of the name the same name/date/county but backwards. The condition of the coverlet is pretty good."

On the day I did my blog, Claire also wrote, "I was told by my parents it was a gift to my parents handed down years ago at the time they were married. They have been married 58 yrs. I have been searching on line a couple of weeks now and came across yours today! I too wondered about the Adams family name since my dad thinks he heard that Betsey E Adams was a descendant of ? some Adams in history of ? background!!" That last statement ties into what I've always heard. Our John Adams is somehow related to the President. What I never mentioned was the fact that in our foyer was an etching or drawing, of John Quincy Adams...he was the first thing I saw every time I entered the house. And why in the heck, did we move to Lexington, Massachusetts (a town where John Q. Adams visited)? Is there a connection? I need a detective to figure this mystery.

I am very happy that Claire picked the very day that my blog was posted to do a Google search. Because of that, I now have a 5th cousin, once removed.

Additional information about Betsey's family:

Betsey E. ADAMS (Horace ADAMS2, JOHN ADAMS1) was born NOV 1830 in New York, and died 18 FEB 1906 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York. She was buried in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford, Genesee Co., halfway between Batavia and LeRoy, NY.. She married Orin Joseph DEWOLF, son of Orin Clemens DEWOLF and Nancy Zobedia PERKINS. He was born 14 MAR 1830 in New York, and died 1892 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York. He was buried in Stafford Rural Cemetery, Stafford, Genesee Co., halfway between Batavia and LeRoy, New York.

Children of Betsey E. ADAMS and Orin Joseph DEWOLF are:

2 i. Herbert L. DEWOLF was born 16 MAY 1856 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 4 MAY 1886 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

3 ii. Ada L. DEWOLF was born 1859 in New York, and died 1943.

+ 4 iii. Charles Freemond DEWOLF was born 1861 in New York, and died ABT 12 MAR 1913 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

5 iv. Frank S. DEWOLF was born JUN 1863 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 1943.

6 v. Maryette DEWOLF was born 1865 in New York, and died 10 APR 1887 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

7 vi. Fred L. DEWOLF was born 24 JAN 1867 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York, and died 14 APR 1895 in Stafford, Genesee Co., New York.

8 vii. Howard DEWOLF was born AFT 1867 in New York, and died BEF 1900.