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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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Obituary -- George Anderson (Died January 10, 1879) Wisconsin

"Maj. George Anderson died at Madison, Jan 10th in the ninety-fifth year of his age. He was born on the banks of the Raritan, New Jersey, March 8th 1784; and after residing successively on Staten Island, in Pennsylvania and Illinois, he settled in Dane County in 1839 and spent most of his life as a farmer. While residing in Madison,  he served two years on the Board of Aldermen, and several years as Supervisor in the County Board, serving in the latter capacity at the time of his death. He survived his third wife two weeks. He was a gentleman of the old school, enjoying good health and a bright intellect almost to the last."  George Anderson was my 3rd great-grandfather.

From: Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. 1882 Vol. 9: 429.  Wisconsin Necrology, 1879.  See Below.

It took 15 years to locate substantial information about George Anderson, and my first clue came from the book above. The above isn't an obituary but a death notice. I was alone in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, with lots of people, but nobody to share the news with. Now two years later, I can say, it was simply thrilling, and I still get a natural high when I think about that day.