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.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Be Sure to Thank Your Friends

Back in February 2013, blogger and friend, Cynthia Shenette, writer of the Heritage Zen blog, went on a business trip/vacation with her husband to San Diego, CA, 3,000 miles from home. With a bit of free time, she decided to do some research at a major library. Not finding much on her family, she remembered that mine had ties to San Diego, since he was a very early surveyor. She spoke to the librarian about books on surveyors and was led to their selection. One book, Lay of the Land, The History of Land Surveying in San Diego County by Michael J. Pallamary, PLS mentions my ancestor was named on 28 pages. She then took quite a few photos and sent them to me.

Book received through the Inter-Library Loan, and 28 page numbers for my ancestor.

Of course I had to get my hands on that book, but it wasn't in any local library. As a matter of fact, WorldCat only listed 6 locations. The light-bulb went on, and I went to my nearest library to see about ordering it through the Inter-Library Loan (ILL). I was extra lucky because, CG and Librarian, Christine Sharbrough ordered it for me. Within weeks it arrived and I went to all 28 pages, and read.

It has been over half a year since I've looked at the book, and I'm finally getting around to publicly thanking Cindy for using some vacation time to try and find something for me. She went above at the library in San Diego, and it was such a nice thing to do. If you want to keep your friends, please don't do as I did, and put it on the back-burner. I am fortunate that she still claims me as a friend, and tomorrow, we are meeting for our 3rd annual outing, and all three have had nothing to do with genealogy. Thanks Cindy.


John D. Tew said...

Barbara: Always a good thing to keep in mind and your reminder is timely in another way as I continue to enjoy the wonderful photos you are posting of site in New England. It is a service to those with NE roots who cannot easily get there and I imagine many of your photos will find there way into genealogies and onto family blogs too. I do not see a statement by you about others' ability/permission to use your photos, so I hope they ask or at the very least give you proper credit and thanks for supplying such great images of New England!

Cynthia Shenette said...

You are so welcome, Barbara! Any time! I enjoyed my visit to the California Room at the San Diego Public Library. I love visiting different libraries and wrapping a little research time into vacations if I can manage it. I'm happy that even though I wasn't able to find what I was looking for on my family I was able to find something on yours!