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, November 26, 2018

Londonderry's Leach Library, New Hampshire

Londonderry Leach Library
276 Mammoth Road
Londonderry, NH 03053 (603) 432-1132

I visited this library over two years ago, but forgot to take a photo of the Library's name, so I had to wait until I returned. Some of the photos were taken in the spring of 2016, and the others in early November 2018.
Main entrance, and check out book desk on the left.
Lovely reference desk.

A reference librarian brought me to the historical room, after I requested to see the room for a few minutes. I noticed a difference in the door, and new sign. Apparently, it was decided not to have clear glass on the door, and a room policy needed to be posted outside the room.

The room is rather small. All the holdings were in the cabinets below. At least the blinds were drawn, blocking out the sun. My photos before were quite washed out.

To find out what the library offers for genealogists and researchers, go to their website, and select Reference Services. At the bottom you will see this listing:

I noticed the above flyer, and the librarian made me a copy, shown below.

Main reading room.

Children's Room.

Nice place to read or think.

Below are two huge notebooks done by a boy scout troop, I think working on their eagle badge. If you have somebody buried in this cemetery, these volumes are what you want to look at. The draft of this helped me immensely in 2016 (as shown below).

In 2016, the Librarian showed me a binder with enough information, to help me to find the gravestone of Aaron Cutler. To show you what the scouts did, I posted photos below.

 I was lucky there was a photo.

A detailed information sheet and photo of this cemetery stone. This person is in Section R, Grave 18.
Map of the Cemetery. There is a stone wall on the bottom, near the street, and the entrance is in the middle between A and M. My Mr. Cutler is in section R (see red arrow). Diagram 3, my 3rd sheet, shows the layout for Section R, and grave 18 (red arrow) in the last row.

I found the grave stone without much trouble. Valley Cemetery is large and hilly, and if I didn't have the above work sheets, I wouldn't have found what I wanted to see. One of my favorite posts, My Perfect Research Project documented this, along with other discoveries.

Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts

Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge, Massachusetts

"Old Sturbridge Village is a living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts which recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres." From Wikipedia.

I first visited this village in 1976, in February, with snow on the ground! Then, I was living in Virginia, and came home for a visit. My husband, then boyfriend, just had to see this place. (See photos below.) We've been back a few times in better weather, including this lovely May 2012 day. Everything was blooming, especially the lilacs. This is a great place to visit with children, although I believe many from the area provably take school trips here. Christmas time is especially festive, check out their website.

Photos taken through a window.

  These were taken next to the visitors center.

Damage in background from 2011 tornado.
Although all animals were left in field, none were hurt.