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.

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Thursday, December 5, 2019

New Ipswich Library, New Ipswich, New Hampshire

New Ipswich Library
6 Main Street
 New IpswichNH 03071
Phone Number: (603) 878-4644

The visit to this tiny library in southern New Hampshire was not planned, but it was on the street near to our destination, the Barrett House, which we toured. This week, I heard that the town received 3 feet of snow, the most of any New England towns during the December 1-3 snowfall, and that news prompted me to share my June 2019 photos. This is my 75th library report.

As I entered the library, all I saw were books and unique windows. The website offered this information, "The book collection at the New Ipswich Library is made up primarily of children’s titles and adult fiction and non-fiction. There is some reference material that focuses on historical work for topics relevant to New Ipswich." I did not see any genealogy books, but there could have been and I should have asked. In looking over these photos, I don't see any computers, nor do I know if they had wi-fi.
Librarian above.
My husband and I were the only patrons, and I remember a long discussion with the above librarian about the windows, they were just replaced or needed to be. In preparing this post, I came across a newspaper article about her. She retired three months after we were there.

"Longtime librarian retiring
After more than 35 years of storytimes and book recommendations, New Ipswich librarian Anne Soini is stepping down.
Residents can say their goodbyes and give well-wishes to Soini with a retirement party Monday at 6 p.m. at the New Ipswich Library.
Soini has served as the library director for decades and has become the “face” of the institution, Library Trustee President Debbie Phillips said Tuesday.

Children's room.

Side view of the library. We were there on a perfect June day and had just toured the Barrett House, shown below. The library and house are on the same road.

Across the from the library is the New Ipswich Historical Society. It was closed, but I am including some information about it.

New Ipswich Historical Society

23 Main St New IpswichNH 03017

Below is the first web page for the historical society. The Cemetery Database may be seen at,

I also found a useful book about the history of the town.

The history of New Ipswich, New Hampshire, 1735-1914,
with genealogical records of the principal families;
comp. and written by Charles Henry Chandler with the assistance of Sarah Fiske Lee.