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 4, 2012

We Do Things Differently, Meeting Up With Another Researcher

He does it his way, and I do it my way. This applies to genealogy too. Several months ago, my husband and I went to the Dover, Library in New Hampshire so he could do some research on his family. Neither of us had been to the library and I was going along for the ride. I brought a yellow folder and a list of things to look up, I always have an ongoing list that I can grab at a moment's notice. He brought an empty small notebook and I think a pencil. Yes, he found some information, something he could have found at almost any library, and I did too. I was far more curious as to their holdings (spanning three genealogy rooms), and he didn't care at all. He had his thing, and that was all that was needed.

I was determined to stay longer to see what else they had and to talk to an older man looking at books in the stacks. I wondered if he was a genea-blogger because I recognized his flip-pal on the table. What a delightful conversation we had, and no he didn't even know what blogs were. But he knew about doing genealogy, the old fashioned way. And, he owned the flip-pal, something I don't have.

When it was time to leave, I assumed my husband would want to check out the cemetery, knowing that his ancestors were buried there. Nope, no interest whatsoever! What kind of genealogist is he? This is perplexing, since he loves going with me on my searches.

So there we have it, he doesn't plan, doesn't look around in the library and doesn't do cemeteries. Yep, we do things differently. But he was happy. I imagine a number of people are like him.


imagespast said...

We all do things slightly differently, but I'm with you, I'd have been straight off to the cemetery! :-) Jo

Michelle Goodrum said...

Cute story. I'm glad you were both able to meet your goals. Ditto what imagespast said!

Susan said...

This made me smile, I have just started helping out at my local history centre and could spend days just looking through all the books they have. Was on a grave search today and the look of relief on my partners face was tangible when the second stone I looked at was the one I was looking for lol

Carol said...

OH, dear, well, at least yours DOES some genealogy. Man does, well, none. He does however, put up with my insisting I must go to this library and that and this cemetery and that and this church or that. He did like hugging his ggg grandparents headstones after he had been in the church in England where they were married.

I kinda like that we all do our research with a bit of a fresh approach! LOL

Barbara Poole said...

Although I know we all do genealogy our own way, I would have thought after many years, he (Bill) would have learned my way, joking of course. Thanks all for your comments.
Susan, I'm glad you found the stone so quickly.