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, May 28, 2014

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, Massachusetts -- History and Genealogy Room

I was very anxious to get back to this library, the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, since it's been about 15 years, and I was curious about their genealogy collection now. The library has a large addition but managed to keep very little of the original library structure, which I was sad to see.

The main reference desk, with the original clock.
This is the genealogy room for the public. (Above and two photos below.)

I learned that the special collection is now in a closed off area, but because I was able to explain to the Librarian what I was doing, he was very happy to show me the room and explain what they had.

Jay Leno is from Andover, Massachusetts. If I remember correctly, this is a signed the book.

A little bit of old.
Parking meters are in the rear of building, and even with the lot, finding a space could be difficult. The Library is on a main street at a major intersection.

From the Library site is the Abbott Genealogies collection.
"Andover genealogist Charlotte Helen Abbott wrote these unpublished genealogies. Earlier versions of some genealogies were published in the Andover Townsman, the local newspaper. They generally cover older Andover families through the late 19th century. Miss Abbott's genealogies are subjective and rich with anecdotes, but list few sources. Kay O’Neil, with the cooperation of the Andover Historical Society, worked to digitize the typescript manuscript. Originals are also held at Memorial Hall Library."

UPDATE: 1/24/18  I found a few webpages for this library with plenty of information about Andover. Check them out!  

Historical Newspaper Collection

Digital Collections and Links

War Ration Books

On April 24, 2014, John Tew posted a photo of a War Ration book in his Filiopietism Prism blog. I wrote and told him, I had my very own. The first one issued to me was when I was 3 months old, and at that time, my father was serving in the Pacific, while my mother and I were living with her parents in Connecticut. The 2nd book was filled out by my mother.