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.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Rowley Public Library, Rowley, Massachusetts

Rowley Public Library
141 Main Street
Rowley, Essex Co., Massachusetts

When I saw the sign, I knew I had to stop to see what the Library had to offer genealogists to help them with their research. I have been by the building many times, but on this sunny fall day, it called me in. I knew I had a Kilborn / Kilbourn line, who left Connecticut sometime before 1649, because six of his children were born in Rowley. This is not a direct line, but George Kilborn was my 9th great granduncle.

The new looking building replaced the old library about 15 years ago, but I thought this new location is perfect. It's on the main street, next to the city hall, and the large historic cemetery is next to the city hall.

There are two entrances, this view is from the front. There are two showcase exhibits, birds, and town artifacts.

Below is the view from the parking lot entrance.

After I did a quick tour, I returned to the desk and inquired about seeing the local History Room, because I could see the door was locked. I mentioned my genealogy blog, and said I only wanted to take photos, not research, but I still had to sign in. The librarian remained with me for a few minutes, and opened the cabinets, which fortunately weren't under lock and key. I asked if there was a listing of those buried in the cemetery nearby, and she said I would get that from the city hall (next door). (Cemetery blog to follow, tomorrow.)

Entrance to the room, and several photos of the layout.

All the botton draws open.

Single sheet telling what is in the cabinets. Very useful. Glad I spotted it underneath a few other things on the large table.

Four photos of the library.

This room reminded me of the Freeport, Maine Library, where very room had large windows, it's beautiful in the fall. See my post, if interested (link above)..

Glad Google stopped by, and I found this online. The library is in the middle, the city hall to the right, then the cemetery far right. That car is going to a large parking lot for all three places.

For my list of 65 libraries I've visited, see:

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