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.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

40 Nationalities of Lowell, Massachusetts

 Polish monument in front of City Hall, the Greek and Irish monuments are to the side of City Hall.

The Polish, Greeks, Irish, Portuguese, Cambodians, Indians, Canadian and French Canadians all settled or are now settling in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Follow-up for September 16, 2015:
Since I first posted the above in June 2012, I have seen quite a few more memorials, and will post them soon. In the meantime, I want to share a piece about 40 nationalities in Lowell, and I took it this weekend, shown below.
 This place card is located on the Northern Canal, near the Wannalancit Mills.
 From Forty Nations
"Lowell's residents have emigrated from all around the world. Soon after the city's factories began operations, mill agents looked beyond Yankee farms and villages for workers and increasingly hired new immigrants.

Beginning with the Irish before the Civil War, Immigrants arrived in waves, often settling into ethnic enclaves. So many French Canadians settled here during the second half of the 19th century that this section of the city become known as Little Canada.

A 1912 map identified Little Canada as well as Greek, Polish, Portuguese, and Jewish neighborhoods. School records from this era listed children from forty nations.

In the late 20th century, Latinos, southeast Asians, Africans, Brazilians and others settled in Lowell's old neighborhoods and introduced new customs to the city."

Canadian workers, 1900   Chinese immigrant, 1890s    Portuguese worker, 1910    Syrian couple, 1917    Vietnamese woman, 1980s         Russian Jewish couple, 1910
City Hall is located on the far left.


TCasteel said...

We have French-Canadian ancestry from Lowell. It is interesting to watch the change in demographics in all the towns across the US.

Barbara Poole said...

Theresa, I have quite a few old city directories for Lowell, ca 1915 -+, if there is anything you would like me to look up, please ask.