The Life From The Roots blog topics have changed several times since I began this blog. In 2009, with my first posts, I wrote only about the family history I had been working on for 20 years. Many ancestors lived in New England so it was easy to visit gravesites and towns where they lived. I shared many photo. Years later, I was into visiting gardens, historical homes, churches, libraries that had genealogical collections, historical societies, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history. I enjoy posting autographs and photos of famous people I met or saw.

My New England roots are in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire). Other areas include New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada.

Please check out the labels on the right side for topics. Below the labels and pageviews is a listing of my top nine posts, according to Google. Four of them pertain to Lowell, MA, three are memorials, one about a surname and one about a discovery I made. These posts change often because they are based on what people are reading.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

I Wanted This to be About the Bikes or Siblings, But it Turned Out to Be About The House

Three siblings enjoying their bikes. The oldest girl is my mother, with long hair, something I've never seen before. A few weeks ago, my cousin sent this to me picture, and while I kept looking at them, and their different style bikes, I wondered where was the picture taken. That thought became my project.

Fortunately, or so I thought, I had taken pictures of where they used to live in the 1930s. But the two pictures below of 90 Adams Street, New Britain, Connecticut didn't show a part of a striped awning as shown above. Were they at a neighbors house, a park or their own yard? I had no clue. Quite a bit of time was spent on googling the address and looking at various images, checking out the neighborhood and this address on Google Earth. I even found quite a write up about the house, (see at the end).

These two pictures were taken in late spring in 2012, for my blog:

The above photo was taken by Google Earth.

After way too much thinking, and searching the internet, I put this project to rest. The following day, I remembered the large portfolio I had that my grandfather and his partner had published in 1932 showing the houses, buildings, college buildings, banks, hospital additions, and churches, etc. that they had designed. It was a bound book, but there was one single loose photograph stuck in the middle. Yes, right away I saw the striped awning and finally knew where my mother and her siblings stood with their bikes.

The information below states it was built in 1930 and since the shrubs are mature, and my uncle looked to be about four, I think both pictures were taken in 1932, but it wasn't included in the portfolio. None of the children were born there, but I came pretty close, since I was born in that city, and spent my first nine months of life here. The three siblings were never infants in that house. (My father was in the war, and my mother lived with her parents. My grandmother was the attending nurse when I was born, then at nine months, mom and I moved to California where my father was stationed.)

PUBLIC RECORD - Built in 1930, this 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom single family residential house at 90 Adams St, New Britain CT, 06052 is approximately 2,044 square feet. Movoto's Comparative Market Estimated Value is $333,172 with a value per Sqft of $118. 90 Adams St is located in the New Britain School District. The closest school is Lincoln School.

  • County Hartford County
  • Property Type Single Family Residential
  • Beds 5
  • Baths 2
  • Building Area 2,044 Sqft
  • Partial Baths 1
  • Rooms 8
  • Lot Size 9,583Sqft
  • Year Built 1930
  • Last Sale Price $105,000
  • Last Sale Date 08/24/1999
  • Style Colonial
  • Exterior Walls Rock, Stone
  • Roof Cover Slate
  • Heating None
  • Cooling Yes
  • Fire Place 1