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, Wyoming, 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.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bedford Free Public Library, Bedford, Massachusetts -- Genealogy and Local History Section

Even though Bedford is close to where I live, I've never been in their library, the Bedford Free Public Library, nor do I have ancestors from the town. The library is huge, and I was pleasantly surprised with it. Loved the open spaces, use of light, and the room holding the Bedford Collection.

Two views of the Bedford Collection room.
An example of some of their holdings.

A list of all the libraries, with genealogy departments, I've visited in New England and New York is below. All are linked to my posts.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Alameda, California house -- Before and After -- Wordless Wednesday

We moved to Alameda, California, from Connecticut, sometime in 1944. The two photos show the before and after in our living room. Since my mother majored in textiles in college, I'm positive she did the upholstery work. This room really needed an update, and I think the furniture was second hand, or maybe was even left in the house by the previous owners.
In my blog post of November 25, 2009 called, "Alameda House  --  Before and After" I wrote, "My mother and Steve Danko (genealogy blogger and friend) both took pictures of the same house." There was probably a 50 year difference between the two.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Requests July 8, 2014

In less than a month, I've received three requests from individuals wanting to use a photo of mine for whatever purpose, usually business related. Of course, I gave permission, but what is unusual is the number. In the past, requests were from one or two genealogists. Below are the three letters to me, followed by the photo. Possible future requests will be posted to this site.

"Dear Barbara,
I’m an archaeologist working on some large scale excavations in Philadelphia and we have a public information session coming up for the residents of the neighborhood where we are doing the excavations.  I was looking for pictures of open hearth and brick oven cooking to use on a poster that will explain how red earthenware pans and dishes were used in 19th century cooking and I came across this image on your blog.  I was wondering if you would give us permission to copy the image for our poster?  The public session is very informal—sort of a meet and greet for archaeologists and people in the neighborhood—but your photo is ideal for showing both a hearth and a brick oven. You would of course be credited as the author of the image."

The photo is shown, but some of you might not be able to see it. Please see my "Seeing New England" post here, and scroll down to see the two ladies in the kitchen. HERE.

"Hi Barbara,
I've just come across your blog and I really enjoy it.
Thank you so much.
I am the author of The Old Money Book, which is currently available on Amazon and Nook. The book details how anyone from any background can adopt the values, priorities, and habits of America's upper class in order to live a richer life.
I have a blog as well.
I was wondering if I may use your photograph of the Concord Free Library Main Reading Room. It's beautiful, and perfectly captures the tone of my book and blog."

My third request this month was from Maine.
"I wanted to write you personally to let you know we recently featured your post about Kennebunkport Historic District on Hopper! Click here to view it or to sign up to reach new readers. 

Hopper wants to reward awesome bloggers like yourself with more and better exposure, so if you have any feedback or questions please reply directly to this email."

On July 16, 2014, I received: "Barbara,
AAA Southern New England will be featuring Westford in the October issue of our club publication Horizons. We have print, the online version and a Facebook page, too.
The member submitted column, which is called My Town, will mention The Westford Knight.  I'd like your permission to possibly use one of your attached photos. We will be happy to give you a photo credit if we use it. 
Thanks for your help." 

DUMAS, Lowell, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

Lowell Cemetery
Lowell, Massachusetts

1830  LEVI DUMAS  1908
No question about it, flowers near a cemetery stone will always draw me to it.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

1975 DC from Washington Monument -- Wordless Wednesday

My original 1975 photos taken from the Washington Monument are in color, but faded, so I decided to make them black and white for this post. A few years later, I was working in the building right behind the White House (1st row, to the right, behind Lafayette Square). Years later, I was working to the left of where I was standing, taking this photo).

Friday, June 13, 2014

Scary Tombstones for Friday the 13th

My collection of rather unusual and scary tombstones are below. They are located in the Granary Burial Ground in Boston, established 1660. To see other photos, see my post from yesterday about this graveyard HERE. So enjoy, and happy Friday the 13th.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Paul Revere and Other Notables in the Granary Burial Ground, Boston, 1660

It's no secret that I love cemeteries. Because of this blog, I decided to visit the Granary Burial Ground in Boston to share photos of what I saw in this 1660 cemetery.
Paul Revere
Born in Boston.
January 1734
May 1818
The above is the monument erected many years after his tombstone marker was. Below is a closeup photo of Paul Revere's tomb.

Tour guide talking to students and tourists at the Paul Revere markers.
Here Lies Buried
Signer of the Declaration of Independence
Governor of this Commonwealth
A Leader of Men and an Ardent Patriot
Born 1722    Died 1803

Here Lyes the Body of
Mary Goose Wife to
Isaac Goose Aged 42
Years Decd October
Ye 19th 1690
This memorial is for John Hancock.

Old tombstones are along the edge of the cemetery, right up against various buildings, the one above is a restaurant!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Salem, Massachusetts Visit on a Sunny Sunday Morning

Ever hear of Salem, Massachusetts and wonder what it's all about? Below is my photo journal showing some reasons I love this city, plus I have over 800 individuals in my tree with roots in Salem, so I have a real connection. The book, Cotton Mather and Salem Witchcraft was written by my ancestor, William Frederick Poole, who was born in Salem.
Narbonne House, 1675 (above)

The House of the Seven Gables
"Built in 1668, this is the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England."

America's Oldest Candy Company (since 1806)
Ye Olde Pepper Company

The Derby House, built in 1762 by Richard Derby for his son Elias Hasket Derby, my 2nd cousin 6x removed.
The old homes around Salem Common are just beautiful. I like to think that some of my ancestors from this city strolled by them, or even lived in them! You can see the houses again in the photo taken of the Common.

Facing Derby Wharf and the Friendship of Salem (a replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, built in 2000).

Near the lighthouse on Derby Wharf, looking towards Salem. Distance one-way is 1/2 mile, walking was difficult because of all the pebbles.
I was standing at the lighthouse looking at Salem Harbor.

Last year, I did a post on the Historic Stephen Daniels House, now a B and B, in Salem. Stephen was an ancestor of mine.

June 13, 2014 Update: I've decided to post links I use for genealogy research in Salem at this site. Feel free to use them as well.