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.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Watertown Free Library, Watertown, Massachusetts. -- Remember When it was in the News?

Watertown, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Great Library website for doing Watertown genealogy.
This library is my 16th in my series of showing the genealogy collections at some New England libraries. I went to this one soon after the genealogy community, especially those on Facebook, got wind that this library was going to "remove certain historical titles from the library's history room". There were a lot of unpleasant remarks from people who would never use this library, nor did they know the entire story. My photos illustrate that there is no room for more books, and in addition, take a peek at libraries in ConcordLittleton and LynnfieldMassachusetts.
The Watertown Free Library (original building, built in 1884 and the new addition) is one of the nicest libraries I've ever been in. The old and new merge beautifully.

Above and below are in the old section. The staircase was closed to patrons.

More of the old section, here I am facing the history and genealogy room behind the doors.
On a Saturday afternoon, we were the only ones there. The genealogy section was packed with books, and has very little, if any free space for additional items.