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, April 20, 2018

How Do You Find Your Ancestors in the Boston Cemeteries?

The Granary Burying Ground, Boston, MA
How does somebody go about trying to find a person in this cemetery? The Granary Burying Ground is one of the oldest in the United States, and perhaps the most historic. What about in the other cemeteries in Boston? Recently I discovered my 7th great granduncle was buried here. This cemetery is well known to me, as I recently wrote a post about Louisa May Alcott's father being this cemetery, and I took the above photo for the post.

How was I ever going to find my Jeremiah Fitch? Not by walking around all day, that's for sure But it did take me much of the morning to find the PERFECT site to help you discover if your family members are buried in Boston. And, I am happy I won't have to waste time among the tourists! A special map for the tourists is shown at the bottom of this post.

The instructions are very simple, so I hope my example and additional words make it easy for you. The first link is It brings you to Search Historic Headstones, a very long page.

The above is almost impossible to read, so go to the link to read about the two options. I used option 1, shown below.

To see if your surname is in this database, use the drop-down feature for Last Name, and choose the cemetery, but if you don't know which one, all individuals with that surname will show up in any cemetery. Nice feature. Since I knew the cemetery name, in figure 2, I have several choices.
 FIGURE 1 (find surname in drop-down box, and choose cemetery)
FIGURE 2, with results
Once you find the name and correct cemetery, write down the location number. In my example, the G stands for the Granary Cemetery, so I only needed to remember  B713 for Jeremiah Fitch. Below is a listing of the cemeteries, to get the map, you need to scroll below to the Site Maps section. This is a very long page, so I had to break it into several screen shots.

The Site Maps section shows two choices for the Granary Burying Ground, a right and a left. I chose Right, and got a rather large image of part of the cemetery. Once enlarged, you can see all cemetery numbers, and the layout including the street, and where the Boston Athenaeum is located. See at the bottom for map.

The first image is at 25% , and the 2nd at 67%

 The B section I am interested in, can be seen clearly below.

The initial website I found was at
From this, I found the other links. Additional information is available, such as HOURS.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Van Woert and Van Ness, They were listed in a Bible

Plains Cemetery, Oneonta, Otsego Co., New York
In 2003 I found, online, a typed transcript of a Bible showing births and marriages of the Van Woert family of New York. At that time, I already knew who this family was, and even made a trip in 1999 to Oneonta, New York to take photos of their cemetery stones at the Plains Cemetery. There were two generations, for a total of four photos, as shown in my post of February 2010

Finding this Bible transcript didn't help me at all, since I had the information, but instead of throwing it away, I decided to post this transcript, in case it helps anybody with this Dutch family. I'm not sure if the original website is active, I just decided to do a Google search, using Van Woert and Van Ness, and yes, there is a new link, but the material is the same.

Below is the transcription, and the one I printed in January 2003. I wasn't able to get permission to post, since I believe it isn't an active site. The below Bible and other links to miscellaneous sites may be seen at Van Wert, Ward, Rutgers and allied names.

"In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert

[In this typed record, the format is inconsistent. To clarify, instead of using the original's ditto marks, I have inserted the word intended to be copied.]

In the Family Bible of Peter Van Woert, on a loose leaf, was a Record of the Van Woert Family

[Grand] Should be parents. Jacob Van Woert, born July 1, 1754.
Sarah Van Ness, born Mar. 26, 1754.

John Van Woert Born Dec. 21[doublestrike 11], 1781. at Albany N.Y.
Peter Van Woert Born Feb. 15, 1784. at Albany N.Y.
Elizabeth Van Woert born Jan 15, 1788. died Dec. 12, 1790.
Adrian Van Woert Born Mar. 16, 1790.
Elizabeth Van Woert Born Feb. 18, 1793.
Jacob Van Woert Born Dec. 15, 1796.
Parents came to Oneonta N.Y. in 1806 or 1807.
Peter Van Woert married Rhoby Potter, May 17, 1810.
Rhoby Potter was born Mar. 26, 1792, died July 5, 1842.

Their Children.
1. Jacob Van Woert born Aug. 9, 1811, died Aug. 22, [no date entered]
2. Nancy Van Woert born Aug. 18, 1812.
3. Jacob Peter Van Woert born Oct. 7, 1814.
4. Stafford Potter born May 16, 1819.
5. James Schoonhoven Van Woert born Apr. 23, 1821.
6. Joseph Allen Van Woert born June 9, 1823.
7. Elizabeth Van Woert born Aug. 1, 1825.
8. Maranda Ann Van Woert born Aug. 2, 1827.
9. William Burlingame Van Woert born Sept. 25, 1829.
10. Cornelia Ganet Van Woert born Mar. 15, 1832.

Parents, James S. Van Woert married in 1843 to Catherine Noxen.

Their Children:
1. Mary Baldwin born Mar. 6, 1845.
2. Jane Jones born Mar. 14, 1847.
3. Rohby [sic] Haladay born 1851.
4. Peter Van Woert born Dec. 12, 1859.
Jacob Van Woert married Jane Bornt.

1. Clinton Van Woert
2. Hattie Cummings

John Scrambling married Nancy Van Woert
1. Peter
2. Hellen Winsos [sic]
3. Rhoby Williams

Peter Bundy married Sarah
1. Celestia Thorp
2. Harrison
3. Maranda Enderling

Stafford married Elizabeth Bronson
1. Eddie
2. Herbert
3. Celestia
4. Lillian

James married Catherine Noxen
1. Jane Jones
2. Rhoby Holaday [sic]
3. Peter

Joseph married Mary [F]owler [letter unclear]
1. Hamilton
2. Ella Hale

John Deitz married Elizabeth
1. Rhoby Travis
2. Marie Young

[The next three entries were typed in the margin to the right of the previous three.]

Lewis Van Woert married Maranda ---
William Van Woert married Marie F[?]leming
Delos Hathaway married Ganet

 Copied by Mrs. Zillah Van Cle_t [unclear letter] Bull.
Oneonta Chapter, N.S.D.A.R. 1935.
Bible Records 30, NY State p. 110

home page Updated Apr. 6, 2001"

Friday, February 2, 2018

Georgia O'Keeffe, The Website was a Gem, and Oh Her Clothes

When I heard that the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) was having a Georgia Totto O'Keeffe exhibit called, Art, Image and Style, I was rather excited, since she is my 4th cousin, once removed. It was widely attended when we were there on Sunday, so I was limited as to what photos I could take. There were too many people looking at her painting, The Brooklyn Bridge, so I couldn't take it. The majority of the items shown were photographs of Georgia and a lot of clothes, beautiful, original and simple. However, to my disappointment, there were few paintings, perhaps eight or so, but I was familiar with two, so I was pleased with seeing them. All photos are enlarged in order to see the details in her clothes. Note: this is a long post.

My thoughts on the exhibit. I was disappointed concerning the exhibit because there was was nothing about her family, nor where she was born. There were not enough pieces of her art work. But, I loved her clothes, and learned she made many of her own clothes. She was fashionable from an early age, as she knew her style.

About 1/3 of the way through, I asked a guard if I could take photos, because I hadn't seen anybody do it. Fortunately, the answer was yes, and that led to a nice conversation. I shared some of my genealogy information about where she was born (Wisconsin), and told him I had her tree on my iPad. He was interested, so I shared my ancestry tree right there to this mighty impressed man now interested in genealogy technology.

While doing some research for this post, I discovered a genealogy gem. The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico has a wealth of information on their web page, but the best thing, for me was the detailed timeline of her life. Please see at:

The photos were taken in the order I saw them, and all quotes were taken from the place cards.

Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe, 1908. About 21 years old.

September 6, 1948. About 61 years old.

Painting is In the Patio IX, about 1964, the "Chute" dress  by Emilio Pucci, about 1954.
"The V was a significant form for O'Keeffe. Photographs of her young and old reveal how she continuously used V necklines as a visual framing device for her long neck."

"Her modern black dresses with white trim, flat shoes, and thick stockings were so radically out of character with traditional feminine dress codes that they generated local curiosity and gossip."

Photos taken by her husband, Alfred Stieglitz. She fearlessly appeared both as a male and a female.

Kimono-style coat, late 1920s-early 1930s.

Black Pansy and Forget-Me-Nots (Pansy), 1926.
2 Yellow Leaves (Yellow Leaves), 1928

Smock; 1950s-60s. Apron; 20th century.

The print, 1968 is, Georgia O'Keeffe with Chair, 1958. "She mostly likely designed this madras dress, cleverly creating the abstract and seamless interaction of the read and purple areas."

Stump in Red Hills, 1940.

Ram's Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico, 1935.
O'Keeffe had her frame maker fashion a scalloped and punched sheet metal frame. In later years, she was drawn to the blue scallops that run uniformly around the hemline of Marimekko's 'Varjo' dress and the edge of Ferragamo's suede flats." (See dress and shoes below, with scallop design.)

March 1, 1968.

"O'Keeffe bought her first wrap dresses from Neiman Marcus in Texas in the late 1950s. She owned at least one of the store's first iteration of the dress called a 'Model's Smock.' It was made of pink cotton, long sleeved, unlined, with no buttons or zippers, only a matching belt. She then purchased other versions of the same style, wearing them in layers or with a light blouse underneath, and accessorizing them with one of her belts, pins, scarfs, or hats. She liked her wrap dresses so much that she took a well-worn one apart and made a paper pattern from it. Local dressmakers recreated it for her in different colors and materials. She had two dozen examples in her closets when she died."

Georgia O'Keeffe with Painting in the Desert, N. M., 1960 by Tony Vaccaro. She is holding her painting, Pelvis Series, Red with Yellow.

Blue II, 1958.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Boston Athenaeum, What Was in it for Me?

The answers to, The Boston Athenaeum, What Was in it for Me? are two things. First, I saw a large card catalog, a magnet for me, and the second was the masterpiece painting by N. C. Wyeth I had been waiting since June 2016 to take a photo of. I blogged about my tour at the Boston Athenaeum in October 2017, but didn't discuss the two topics mentioned above.

We (my husband and I) began our Open House tour of the six floor Boston Athenaeum by taking the elevator to the basement. When the door opened, we faced magnificent large-sized oak card catalogs. Since were on our own self-guided tour of the library, I had to stop, because right in front of me were the drawers to the Ps. Yes, I found my Pooles, both of them, Charles Henry Poole and William Frederick Poole, both my 2nd great grandfathers. Their children married each other.

Both my 2nd great-grandfathers have material in the library. Charles H. Poole has one (above), and William Frederick Poole has 27 (below). All listings are at the end of this post.

On one of the upper floors, I found set of William Frederick Poole's, Poole's Index to Periodical Literature volumes. The books also seen below, just above the head on the lady on the right, up from the red books. This was not a few find to me, because I had seen them at the Boston Public Library around 1998.

The above picture was taken from the Athenaeum's web page in 2016, soon after I saw the above painting on exhibit at the Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed there, so I inquired as to who owned it. I was told it belonged to the Athenaeum, and with that information, I found the above web page, and knew I had to be patient because eventually, I'd see it.

During the open house last fall, I searched on every floor and quite by accident, as I walked by the closed darkened membership office on the first floor, there it was! I got to an employee as quick as I could, and almost begged to see if she would open the door. She did and remained patient as I took quite a few pictures, turned on the office lights and looked out the window. Outside is the Granary Burying Ground, and this painting was done there by N. C. Wyeth, as he painted Louisa May Alcott's father Bronson Alcott reading a tombstone. Thanks to the cemetery stone in the foreground, with the two skeletons, I was able to find the stone rather easily. (The tree above, is also seen below.)

In June 2016, I wrote, What Did Louisa May Alcott's Father Think About Genealogy? If you are curious, you might enjoy it. Below, is the cemetery stone in the above painting.

From home, you can check their online catalog to see if you too have authors in your family. To do a basic search in the Athenaeum's online catalog, use this link:
Just follow the directions. I had no problem getting my results, shown below.

An attempt towards a glossary of the archaic and provincial words of the county of Stafford /

  • Main Author:Poole, Charles Henry. 
  • Title:An attempt towards a glossary of the archaic and provincial words
    of the county of Stafford / first brought together by Charles Henry Poole, A.D. 1880.
  • Publishing Details:Stratford-Upon-Avon : Printed at Saint Gregory's Press, [1880]
  • Description:28 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Subjects:English language--Dialects--England--Staffordshire. 

    • Location:Off-site Storage
    • Call Number::YEQStD .P787

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