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, June 29, 2012

Boston Public Library. Boston, Massachusetts -- Genealogy and Local History Sections

Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Main Reading Room

The Library, photo taken from Copley Square, in front of the Trinity Church. It was built in 1895, a modern addition was done in 1972, and another large addition is being constructed now (August 2015).
Large collection of genealogy books. See Genealogy and Family History Resources link HERE.

Facing the genealogy books, more to the left and right.
One of my often used genealogy book is the blue, Cemeteries of the United States. (Bottom shelf, middle book.) It has been in this spot for over 10 years.
Courtyard where you can just relax or eat a lunch. This is where genealogy friends, Thomas MacEntee, Heather Rojo and I had lunch last October.
Cafe, first floor, area used to be the Microtext area. You may bring your food to the couryard or out of the building.
Microtext Room where I met genealogist and facebook friend, Diane MacLean Boumenot yesterday.

Additional photos taken August 2015

On the left is scaffolding, not a piece of art. "The scaffolding, running 80 feet high, is required for access to repair plaster around skylights and to replace light fixtures in the ceiling." from the BPL web page.

 Tech Central (rather new, the last time I was in this room there were two desks and nothing else.

Note: Excellent post by Mass Moments about the Library. See:


Gale Wall said...

Awesome photos.

Barbara Poole said...

Why thank you Gale.

Carol said...

Goodness, what a beautiful building, I am not sure I would be getting any research done there, eh?? I would be just staring at all the beauty!

Michelle Goodrum said...

That is the biggest, most beautiful library, genealogy or not, I have ever seen. I'm with Carol. Not a lot of work would get done!

Heather Rojo said...

All the comments are exactly right about the BPL. When I'm there I always go see the Sargent murals and the courtyard (if it's nice weather), and then I don't have enough time to get anything done!

Anonymous said...

Your site is really good and the posts are just wonderful. Thank you and keep doing your great work.

Cynthia Shenette said...

I need to make a trip! I haven't been there in ages. When I was in library school I would occasionally go to the BPL and study in the reading room. Such an inspiring place. Thanks for posting your pictures!

Barbara Poole said...

Ladies, thank you for your comments. I am only now just looking at the building, inside and out. Before, it was always the books. (You know what I mean, research was always the priority.)