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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.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Historical Societies -- Massachusetts and New Hampshire

 Billerica Historical Society, Billerica, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts

Home of Rev. Henry Cumings   1763 - 1823
Bigelow Tavern
 W. Boylston Historical Society, W. Boylston, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

Ashland Railroad Station Museum
Ashland Historical Society

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ogonowski Farm and Family

During the past two weeks, I have had a number of hits from people using the key words Ogonowski, farm or other combinations. I believe they were sent to my site because I wrote a 9/11 post about the American Airlines Flight 11 pilot, John Ogonowski.


Today, after receiving many more hits, I decided to share what I have on the Dracut, Massachusetts farm. Although, I don't have a lot of information, I was there this past Sunday, two weeks after the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and spoke both with John's sister and his brother. I bought two of the most beautiful mums from James and his sister gave me a postcard, of which I scanned below. In addition, I took the photo.


If you live in the area, I highly recommend you stop by for pumpkins and mums. I will be going back to take photos of John's memorial stone, now surrounded by many mums from people who leave them at this site.

11/12/2013: New videos have been added to this site. Three about the farm, and one, an interview with James Ogonowski and John's widow, Peg.


The farm:



Jim Ogonowski and Peg Ogonowski: A Touching  9/11 Story About Life Insurance
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=BBq8yLNJ-gE&NR=1 (nice video)
John's brother, Jim and sister in this photo.
 Postcard, front and back.


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday -- JOHN FOOT Drowned in Connecticut River

Buried at Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Connecticut

In Memory of
Mr. John Foot
who
was drowned
in Connecticut River
on the 15th May
AD. 1803
Aged 40 years.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Obituaries -- Lowell, Massachusetts



The below listed names were taken from The Lowell Sun newspaper's obituary section. The names are often printed on two days, I am only listing them once.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
ERNEST 'ERNIE' FREDERICK BROWN, JR., U.S. KOREAN WAR VETERAN; OF LOWELL AND NO. CHELMSFORD



TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
GERALDINE R. DeMARCO, LOVING MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER; 88
CSM (RET) ANTONIOS KARABATSOS OF LOWELL; 91
JAMES R. KENYON OF CANTERBURY, NH; FAMILY IN DRACUT; 51
DAVID A. BOWSER FORMERLY OF BEDFORD, MA; 44
ANNA (MASKEWICZ) POULIN OF LITTLETON; 86
ANN M. FRENCH OF GROTON, MA


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
PAMELA (STAMP) CLARK, SHAWSHEEN TECH, MATHEMATICS TEACHER; 57
KENNETH G. DORRANCE OF PELHAM; 72
MICHAEL J. McDERMOTT OF DRACUT, MA; 80
MARION J. "MARIANNE" CORDEIRO OF LOWELL, MA; 88
PAULINE (CIANCI) ZUKOWSKI FORMERLY OF NORTH CHELMSFORD, MA
MICHAEL KOZULAK, LONGTIME RESIDENT OF CHELMSFORD; 95
MILDRED I. (BENNETT) CLARK OF TEWKSBURY, MA; 82
RENA (ZINGOVAS) BOUTSELIS, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF LOWELL; 95
BARBARA ANN (CARLO) DABRITZ OF NASHUA, NH; 66
JOSEPH TOPPI, CARENTER, LONGTIME TEWKSBURY, MA RESIDENT; 71
AVIS M. (NARY) GALKA OF LANCASTER, NH, FORMERLY OF WILMINGTON, MA; 91


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
MARY THERESA MURHY, LOVING MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER; 76
JOSEPH E. EMOND, III, PROPRIETOR EMOND TAX AND FINANCIAL GROUP, OF MARLBORO, MA
KARL A. "KII" SPONHOLTZ OF CHELMSFORD, MA
ALBINO M. 'AL' DaSILVA, FORMERLY OF LOWELL; 40
ROBERT OWEN, FORMERLY OF GROTON, MA; 88
MANUEL FREITAS, SR. OF LOWELL; 86
ANTOINETTE SMIT (BADMINGTON) OF CHELMSFORD, MA; 60
DONNY M. CARSON, COMPASSIONATE AND LOVING BROTHER, AGE 55
STEPHEN M. NIVEN, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF TEWKSBURY, 51
PHILIP LORD, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF WESTFORD, MA; 89
LAURINO ESPINOLA OF LOWELL; 87
DANIELDA R. McQUEENEY, FORMER POLAROID EMPLOYEE; AGE 70


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011
ROGER F. CONANT, LITTLETON HORSEMAN AND CONSERVATIONIST, WONER OF CONANT IRON WORKS; 102
BARBARA (HILDRETH) PARKHURST OF CHELMSFORD, MA; 91
JEAN GREEN OF TEWKSBURY, MA;71
STASIA C. (MASLANKA) TWAROG, LONGTIME LOWELL RESIDENT, 96
JAMES D. "JIM" JANEIRO OF WILMINGTON, MA; 25
WILLIAM F. "BILL" NORMANDIN OF WEYMOUTH; FORMERLY OF LOWELL
MARITA G. (MURPHY) FINNEGAN LONGTIME BILLERICA RESIDENT, AGE 96
JOSEPH E. REIDY, POLICE OFFICER, LONGTIME TYNGSBORO RESIDENT, 97


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
FERNAND E. "FRED" DESROSIERS, FORMER LONGTIME METHUEN RESIDENT, ARMY VET
ROBERT J. COLLETTE, LONGTIME RESIDENT; 61
FRANCIS A. CLUFF, 1938 - 2011, OF LOWELL
GEORGE J. KEVGAS OF METHUEN, ANDOVER CHURCH MEMBER; 72
ROBERTO D. WHELTON, STUDENT AT SHAWSHEEN TECH; AGE 16
LAURENE H. JOLLIMORE OF BILLERICA, MA; 57
THADDEUS F. "TED" PYRCZ OF LOWELL, NAVY VETERAN; 85
JEAN (CARBO) GREEN OF TEWKSBURY, AGE 71
RAYMOND F. COSTELLO, RETIRED LOWELL POLICE OFFICER; 75
HOWARD MANOIAN, LOWELL, MA NATIVE, DECORATED WWII VET; 86
CATHERINE J. (MOORE) DAVIS OF BILLERICA, MA; 77
EDWARD J. TIGHE, 1933- 2011, SERVED DURING THE KOREAN WAR
SIMONE R. (DROUIN) ST. ARNAUD, MEMERE, 30 YEAR SECOND GRADE TEACHER
ISABELLE GONSALVES, BELOVED SISTER AND AUNT

Ernest Luther Cross of Vermont -- Obituary

E. L. CROSS
"Ernest Luther Cross passed peacefully away at his home at Northfield Falls early Thursday morning, April 22, after a long illness of covering a period of nearly three years. He was the son of the late Albert and Lucy Ann (Burnham) Cross, and was born April 20, 1868, on the well known farm at the Falls village where his maternal grandfather, Luther S. Burnham settled in 1840. With the exception of a few years spent in Springfield, Mass., practically all his life has been spent in Northfield Falls. While quite a young man he started in general merchandising, and in 1897 during ex-President McKinley's administration was appointed village postmaster, a position he has retained ever since, serving the community to the best of his ability. He was a member of the Methodist church at the Falls, and much interested in its welfare.


At the time of his death Mr. Cross was president of the Community Club, being one of its charter members, and he was ever interested in the welfare and progress of his home place. He is survived by his wife, Annie G. Cross, six children, Robert of Northfield Falls, Philip of Pittsburg, Penn., Mrs. Genevieve Cahill of Lawrence, Mass., Mrs. Dorothy Sistare of Durnham, North Carolina, Gerald and Sadie who live at home, and also 5 grandchildren, one brother H. N. Cross, a sister Mrs. John Riley of New Orleans, La., and three cousins, Luther Burnham Johnson of Randolph, Mrs. W. E. Terrill of Burlington and Mrs. Maud DePutron of Miami, Florida.


The funeral services, impressive and beautiful were held at his late residence, Thursday afternoon, Rev. G. H. Redding of Montpelier officiating assisted by Rev. W. C. Arnold, the local pastor. Burial took place in the family lot in the Falls cemetery, the pall bearers being his three sons, Robert, Philip and Gerald, and son-in-law, Thomas H. Cahill."


From the Northfield News, April 29, 1924
Thanks to Larry McGrail (cousin) for sharing this obituary.
Ernest is my second cousin, 4x removed.


Friday, September 23, 2011

Are You Visiting NEHGS in Boston, Massachusetts? #2


Recently, I've posted blogs about the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston, links below. Hopefully, the photos and bits of information will be helpful to the new visitor.

Are You Visiting NEHGS? #1




Today's post is the NEHGS Library Guide, a useful handout to help you find the kind of resources you are looking for (See scanned image below) and a link to their website, American Ancestors (link goes to free site). I believe one of the more useful databases is the Library Catalog. Using the catalog, you can pretty much decide on which books to look for.

___________
Permission granted to copy and post by NEHGS.



Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wordless Wednesday -- The Survey



The small newspaper clipping to the left of my computer is an USA Today survey of almost 8,000 people. The question, "Do you have paper files from more than a year ago on your desk?" The question was asked to employees. The results were: 51% said "Yes" 49% said "No."
I'm not an employee, but looked at my area; on top of desk, below, and at the small desk holding my printer (top, middle and floor area) and found I had several notes on Christmas pads, and stuff from over two years ago. About 70% of the papers are over a year.  One of these days, I'll tackle them. Now, how is your genealogy area looking?
Note:  I will not show my dining room table or my spare room where most of my files are.
K.D. Lang sings Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

1660 Cemetery in No. Andover, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

Memento Mori

In Memory of
Mr. Nehemiah Abbot
who Departed this
Life Jany. 1st, 1784;
in the 28th, Year
of his age.

The Sweet Remembrance of  Ye Just
Shall Flourish While they Sleep in D__

North Parish Burying Ground,
No. Andover, Essex Co., Massachusetts

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Lucy A. Cross "sweetest, kindest and most charitable of dispositions" -- Obituary

Death of Mrs. Cross.

"Lucy A. Cross, widow of the late Albert S. Cross, died at her home in Northfield Falls, Wednesday the 25th. She was born May 29, 1831 in Orange. Her family removed to Northfield Falls in 1842, when she was ll years of age and has since resided on the farm then purchased.
            Mrs. Cross was one of the oldest residents of Northfield. She had been in feeble health for several years. She was greatly attached to her home, clinging to it to the very last. It can be said that her’s was one of the sweetest, kindest and most charitable of dispositions, putting the comfort and happiness of others above her own. In her days of health she ministered to those in sickness and trouble.
            In spite of her manifold and arduous duties at home she always found time to be a neighbor in its old and truest sense. She loved peace and used every effort to prevent and heal animosities. “Blessed are the peace makers for they shall be called the children of God.” These characteristics tell the story of her life. They were constant and unremitting through a life of toil and many adversities. She loved work.
            Mrs. Cross was a devoted wife, a loving mother, kind and obliging neighbor who will be sadly missed by many friends, relatives and the community in general.
            The funeral services were held at her late home, Saturday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Fortier officiating. Mrs. Fortier sang two beautiful selections. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. She leaves three children, Attorney Herbert N. of Springfield, Mass., Ernest L. of Northfield, and Estella L. Riley of Springfield, Mass. Besides her children and grandchildren, she leaves a sister Helen M. Robbins of Montpelier, who spent much time with her in her last few months helping to care for her. A niece, Celeste A. Robbins, of Athens, who loved her as her own mother. Among the grandnieces and nephews lose to her in her last years were Editor Luther B. Johnson of Randolph, Maud I. DePutron of Montpelier, Eugene H. Robbins of Springfield, Mass., and Kate E. Terrill of Montpelier all of whom she dearly loved and was loved and ministered to by them and they were a part of her family live.
            Those present at the funeral from out of town besides those mentioned were Mrs. Martha Perrin, Arthur Martin, cousins of Barre, Willis E. Terrill of Montpelier, John B. Riley, husband of the daughter and Mary Dunsmoor a neighbor who, was one of her great comforts and ministered to her as only a near relative could."
 
From Northfield News, Jan. 31, 1911.

Thanks to Larry McGrail (cousin) for sharing the obituary.
Lucy was the wife of my 1st cousin 5 times removed.


Obituaries -- Lowell Massachusetts

The below listed names were taken from The Lowell Sun newspaper's obituary section. The names are often printed on two days, I am only listing them once.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2011
PAUL J. SURETTE, RAYTHEON RETIREE; PEPPERELL AUX. AND SPECIAL POLICE OFFICER

WILLIAM F. WILDE, OF PEABODY, MA; TIES TO LOWELL, WWII VET; 80
MARILYN J. MASKER, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF LOWELL; 71


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011
JOAN (THIBEDEAU) AMIRAULT, OF LITTLETON; 75
DR. RICHARD CONANT CHASE, OF TEWKSBURY, MA; 78


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
CECILLA A. (WARD) HEALY, OF WESTFORD; FORMERLY OF LOWELL; 91
ALI PHOMSOPHA, PRESIDENT OF WAT LAO TEMPLE OF NEW ENGLAND - LOWELL
RUTH J. (CADDELL) JOHNSON; LONGTIME RESIDENT OF LOWELL; OWNED JOHNSTON'S BAKERY
MICHAEL J. MALANEY OF TEWKSBURY, FORMERLY OF ARLINGTON
MARTHA (BURNS) (BARRETT) VEREKER, OF N. CHELMSFORD, MA
JOSEPH ROCCO CATANZARO, OF HUDSON, NH; 76
KATHERINE L. "KAY" KIERNAN, OF LOWELL; 76
ROSE I. "JOANNE" ELIAS, FORMERLY OF LOWELL; 90
REGINA (BORODOWKA) BELL, OF DRACUT
PRISCILLA M. COLBY, 1929 - 2011, BORN LOWELL, OF SALEM, NH
BARRY L. CUMMINGS, BORN GROTON, MA, OF PEPPERELL, MA
MARIE (KENNY) GUILLEMETTE, OF LITTLETON, MA; 80


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
JOHN "JACK" F. HORAN, FORMER BILLERICA POLICE OFFICER, FIRE FIGHTER AND FOUNDER OF MR. JACK'S CATERING
ELLA R. THOMAS, LIFELONG TEWKSBURY RESIDENT; 87
SUZETTE SIMOES OF LOWELL; 85
KATHRYN (SULLIVAN) (KOZACKA) SARGENT, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF GROTON, MA; 58
PUNDY KHOEUN KHATH OF DRACUT
GEORGE T. ASHE, JR. SEPTEMBER 5, 2011, OF PLAISTOW, NH
MARIA FERREIRA  OF LOWELL; 95
IRENE M. (DIPROFIO) LHERAULT OF LOWELL, MA
LINDA J. (GAGNE) HEBERT OF LOWELL; 46
ROSEMARY "ROSIE" (RYAN) CARR, LONGTIME RESIDENT OF LOWELL; 72
JOSEPH ISENBERG OF AYER; 17
JOSE E. 'JOE' SOUSA OF LOWELL; 60
KATIA CABRERA-GONZALEZ, RESIDENT OF DRACUT; 32

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011
JOSEPH A. AUBUT, FOUNDER AND OWNER OF AUBUT'S LIQUORS; 84
PAULA C. LEGG OF WESTFORD; FORMERLY OF KITTERY, ME
BARBARA A. (DEAN) WILLETT OF DRACUT; 88
YUMA S. DEACKOFF, RETIRED HONEYWELL EMPLOYEE; AGE 87
VANN CHOUP OF LOWELL, MA


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2011
DOREEN (PAQUIN) OAKLAND, LOVING WIFE, MOTHER, DAUGHTER AND SISTER; 54
THERESA B. (L'ECUYER) (LONGSJO) BRACKETT, CO-FOUNDER OF THE LONGSJO BIKE RACE
RALPH F. McCANN OF PELHAM, NH, WWII VET; 85
FRANCISCO G. VALADAO OF DRACUT, LOWELL CHURCH MEMBER; 74
FLORENCE M. BASTIEN, FORMER LONGTIME RESIDENT OF LOWELL; 93
EMILLA H. RAMALHO, OF LOWELL, HOLY TRINITY CHURCH MEMBER; 95
ALICE R. ROY, 1922-2011 OF LOWELL, MA
MONA P. (McCARTHY) BURTON, 1936 - 2011, BORN ARLINGTON, MA OF BILLERICA, MA


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2011
MARIA daSILVA, FORMERLY OF METHUEN, MA; 63
ROSARIO A. BELLEAU, 1937 - 2011, OF DRACUT, MA
ELIZABETH A. BROWN, 1932 - 2011, OF BILLERICA, MA
LORETTA M. BORDELEAU, 1919 - 2011, OF LOWELL, MA

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stevens-Coolidge Place -- North Andover, Massachusetts

The Stevens-Coolidge Place (more) of North Andover, Massachusetts is rather close to where I live. My husband and I made our first visit there recently. The estate grounds, 91 acres, were free and open for all to visit. Bring a lunch and you can eat on the grounds. A special treat was seeing the rose garden, of which I limited myself to showing only two rose photos.




Rose Garden and below


From Wikipedia is this description, "The Stevens-Coolidge Place 91 acres, formerly known as Ashdale Farm, is a garden and historic home located at 139 Andover Street in North Andover, Massachusetts. Helen Stevens Coolidge's family first acquired the farm in 1729, and from 1914-1962 it was her summer home with husband John Gardner Coolidge, diplomat, descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and nephew of Isabella Stewart Gardner. It is now a nonprofit museum operated by The Trustees of Reservations.

Between 1914 and 1918, architect Joseph Everett Chandler remodeled two late-Federal period farmhouses to form today's house. Chandler also enhanced the design of the landscape, which eventually included a perennial garden, a kitchen and cut flower garden, a rose garden, a French potager garden with a brick serpentine wall, and a greenhouse complex. The house's collections include Asian artifacts including Chinese porcelain, American furniture, and European decorative arts."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Beauty and Hurricane Damage -- Tombstone Tuesday

Three days after Hurricane Irene hit the Lowell Cemetery in Lowell, MA, the cemetery finally opened, after downed trees and limbs were all removed. I quickly went and took photos, then showed my husband. The other day, we were in the cemetery and he wanted me to find the location where the tree fell in order to see the tombstone in the background. (He saw the tombstone and I saw the uprooted tree, so two pr. of eyes are better than one.) The cemetery is quite large, with many old trees and lots of hills. Finally, we found where the tree was and the tombstone. He was quite taken with the lovely lady and I am too. The sad thing is, I believe Sarah Elizabeth Adams probably died of the flu.
In memory of
Sarah Elizabeth
Wife of Landon Adams
(Per 1900 census, she was born July 1847, Rhode Island)
Oct. 8, 1918
Landon Adams
(Per MA Vital Records, he was born July 12, 1845, Lowell, Massachusetts)
(Son of Landon and Mary Frances)
July 6, 1925
Leslie Adams
Jan. 31, 1882
May 16, 1938
Died in Iseltwald Switzerland
Mary Dean Adams
Lowell, Mass.
May 15, 1876
Palma De Mallorca, Spain
May 26, 1955

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Obituaries -- Lowell Massachusetts

The below listed names were taken from The Lowell Sun newspaper's obituary section. The names are often printed on two days, I am only listing them once.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2011
HELEN N. KOSKI, LIVED IN SHIRLEY FOR SIX DECADES; 83

NEIL J. ANDERSON, OF CHELMSFORD, KOREAN WAR VET; 81
CATHERINE HALYCHYN, FORMERLY OF YONKERS, NEW YORK
ANDREW F. DI GRAZIA, OWNER OF AD PLUMBING AND HEATING
HOWARD R. "HOWIE" CHAPUT, AUTO MECHANIC AT CHAPPY'S AUTO REPAIR FOR 55 YEARS


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
GEORGE THOMAS BELT, WWII VETERAN; OF NORTH CHELMSFORD
LT. COL. STAANLEY KROL, JR., U.S. ARMY, RETIRED; OF PEPPERELL; 75
TRUDY F. MILLER, LOVING GRANDMA
VIRGINIA B. 'GINNY' HOGLE OF WOBURN
ELLEN M. MEEHAN, RAYTHEON EMPLOYEE


WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011
ISABELLE A. WESTOVER, OF LOWELL; 87
ELSIE (BROWN) REID, FORMERLY OF W. GROTON; 95
FRANCES E. STECKIEWICZ, LIFELONG RESIDENT OF PELHAM
GERALD D. TONKS, RETIRED CHELMSFORD FIREFIGHTER, ARMY VET; 78
ROBERT J. CLOUTIER, OF LOWELL; 79
MICHAEL J. MERCURI OF WILMINGTON
NATHAN ROGER LAURIN, OF LOWELL; INFANT SON
KATHLEEN F. (McCLUSKEY) SULLIVAN, R.N., "KAY"
RAYMOND A. DELUCA, OF LOWELL; 84
MADELINE E. STREM, DEVOTED WIFE, MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
JULIA FRANCES CONNORS, MEMBER OF A WELL KNOWN LOWELL FAMILY
HELEN (SIRIGOS) HOUSIANITIS, OF SALISBURY BEACH; FORMERLY OF LAWRENCE; 79
JEAN SMITH, OF METHUEN; FORMERLY OF CHELMSFORD; 89
MICHAEL 'BUTCH' MATTE, OF LOWELL; FORMERLY OF DRACUT, 51


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2011
ELMIRO 'EL' REIS SILVA, "BELOVED HUSBAND AND FATHER"
ROSALIE R. FOCOSI, FORMERLY OF BURLINGTON, MA; 88
ROBERT J. MILLER, SR., RET. GENERAL ELECTRIC ELECTRICIAN AND TEWKSBURY WIRING INSPECTOR; 90
BOB AMICO; FORMERLY OF BILLERICA, MA; 72
MICHAEL P. ZEPKOSKI, "BELOVED FATHER, GRANDFATHER AND GREAT-GRANDFATHER"


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER  10, 2011
RICHARD F. KELLY, U.S. VIETMAN WAR VET; LONGTIME LOWELL YOUTH HOCKEY COACH; FOUNDER OF BANNER PEST CONTROL COMPANY
ROBERT M. LAGE SR., 1938 - 2011
PRISCILLA MARION, LONGTIME RESIDENT OF TYNGSBORO, 84
CMDR. ROBERT P. MORAN, USN, RET., FORMERLY OF LOWELL
FREDERICK J. TIERNEY, SR., OF NASHUA, NH, LOWELL, MA NATIVE; 80


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
ADRIAN A. LUZ, PROMINENT LOWELL BUSINESSMAN; WWII VETERAN
SVEN HAROLD GORANSON, CONCORD NATIVE; 65
KAYDEN PHILIP LAGASSE, INFANT SON OF LOWELL PARENTS
FAITH HOPE KILEY, INFANT DAUGHTER OF LOWELL PARENTS
MARGARET 'PEGGY' KATIBIAN (SISTER OF GLADYS PICANSO), OF CALIF., BORN LOWELL

Thursday, September 8, 2011

It Won't Rot Clothes -- 1897

Whenever I look at an old newspaper, the entire page gets read. In the case of the article below, I was copying an obituary, and found the serious letter about soap rather amusing.


Letters to Northfield People.


MR. J. C. DONAHUE, Northfield, Vt.
DEAR SIR :--One of the things against which you grocers must contend in introducing our Harmless soap is the price.
Most people think soap is a thing they ought to buy cheap.  They think low priced soaps are economical, and high priced are extravagant. Never was the truth more completely turned around. The soap that costs most by the pound costs least by the year for two reasons.
First reason : They won’t use so many pounds of it.
Second reason : It won’t rot clothes.
To convince customers that a high priced soap costs no more than lower priced, you may sell Harmless on a positive guarantee that one bar (8c.) will out-wash two 5c. cakes. If they say it doesn’t, give them back 3c. on each bar and charge to us.
                                                                         Yours truly,
                                                                         C. H. Post & Co.,
                                                                         Newburgh, N. Y.

From: Northfield News, February 2, 1897

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Are You Visiting NEHGS? #1

What and where is the NEHGS? From the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) website, they state they were "Founded in 1845, NEHGS is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help build knowledge, skills, and understanding of your family and its place in history." It is located in Boston, not far from the Boston Public Library and Copley Square. Members and non-members can find useful information from this at the above site.


I decided to put together a few bits of information to help a new visitor to the facility. There are seven floors, but several are off limits to the researcher. The photos below are in order, beginning with floor 1 to floor 7. Because there were other researchers there I opted not to take every photo possible. There is a very small lunchroom, a tiny refrigerator and vending machines. Restrooms are on each floor, there is an elevator, and two copy machines, copies .25 and you need to first purchase a copy card for $1. Best to bring change, as there is no change machine. You may want to bring your camera for copying pages, no portable hand-held scanners are allowed. Wireless internet access is available, and you need to restrict your cell phone use to outside the reading rooms.


Before arriving at the Library, if at all possible, you should use the Card Catalog for www.AmericanAncestors.org (Website for NEHGS), this will enable you to see the holdings in the Library. I will do a post on this in a few days.

The first thing a visitor does, is sign in with the receptionist. There are a lot of restaurants around, some inexpensive, some not. However, are all crowded at lunchtime. If at all possible bring a lunch and eat there in the tiny lunchroom, or carry it to the lovely park at Copley Square. If you have free time, I would suggest you walk two blocks to the Boston Public Library and check out their main reading room.
99 - 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA
First floor, inner room. Many international books are on this floor.

On the 4th floor is the Microtext floor. The reception desk is seen as you get off the elevator. Here you will find microform, CDs and map collections.
Employees behind glass panel.
 
 Work stations, above and below.


Some cabinets in Microtext room, filled with microfilm, mainly probates, deeds, and vital records.
 
The 5th floor houses the Local and state histories and records.

Above are some of the stacks in the reading room, the back room is shown below.

 7th Floor reading room (partial shot). Reference desk in center. Dress is casual.




Book stacks on 7th Floor. Instructions on How-To-Find books is listed on left wall.
First Floor book store.
In the past, I've written several articles about the library, the two below might be of interest to you.