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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Taking a Break, but not From Summer

After five and a half years of blogging, and writing 1,133 posts, plus have 69 drafts in the can, I've decided to take a break. Genealogy research will continue, but no blogging about it, perhaps I'll do some posts about Lowell. My decision was made last week, and that is the reason I haven't posting anything this past week. Even with the lovely surprise of having my recent post selected by four fellow blog writers as one of their weekly favorites, I still decided to stop for a while.

My gratitude to those four women is shown by my putting their blog links below. It is my hope you will click on them and search around their sites. For my readers, I appreciate knowing many are still reading my posts, so with my time off, you are getting time off as well...I'm not cluttering your email box. Have a great summer. The photos on this post were taken last week.

Gail Dever of Genealogy à la carte

Jo Henn of Climbing My Family Tree

Jana Last of Jana's Genealogy and Family

Linda Stufflebean of Empty Branches on the Family Tree





Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Eleazer Wheelock of Medfield, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

Eleazer Wheelock
Born: May 3, 1654, Medfield, Norfolk Co., MA
Died:  Mar. 24, 1731, Medfield, Norfolk Co., MA
Buried:  Vine Lake Cemetery
Eleazer was my 9th great-grandfather.
Much better photo on FindAGrave.
Cemetery stone for Eleazer Wheelock. Since I wasn't familiar with the cemetery and knew it was huge, I asked my friend, Sharon if she could help me. She lives in the town, so she enlisted the help of her friend, and he was kind enough to put a orange stick marker at the headstone for Eleazer. It is very hard to read, because the sun cast a shadow. Sharon gave us a tour and provided a lot of cemetery information, including showing us an impressive stone belonging to her ancestors.

Vine Lake Cemetery has a lovely lake.

Sharon Gillis and my husband.
Below is the tombstone of Sharon's Samuel Morse of Dedham and Medfield.


Google map, showing Vine Lake Cemetery on the upper right hand side.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Canadian Resources I Use

If you are doing research in Canada, more specifically the Eastern Townships in Quebec, you might appreciate seeing my list of sites that I have frequently used. I figured after 19 years of doing research for my many lines in Missisquoi and Brome Counties in Quebec, it was time to put this together to help others. My surnames (including maiden names of wives) were: Pell, Currie / Curry, Jaquays, Johnson, Westover, Dumont, Knap, Alvord, Cross, Rosenberger, Bockus, Ten Eyck. My grandmother was born in Dunham , and 5-7 of my different lines were Loyalists from New York or Connecticut. Others were from England, Vermont and an unknown location. In 2000, I took a trip to visit where my grandmother grew up and where I once as a child spent a few days during a summer vacation at the family farm. During my September 2000 trip, I found 22 grave sites of my direct ancestors, spanning 4 generations. My ancestors were all English speaking and the research was relatively easy.

The first three sites are useful for searching census records, all are free.

1825 Canada Census (free)
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1825/Pages/1825.aspx

1831 Canada Census (free)
http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1831/Pages/1831.aspx 


Canadian free census for 1851, 1901, 1906, 1911

The next 5 links are my favorite sites for information.

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qceastwn/ (This site is 19 years old, and I've used it many times.)


http://quebecroots.weebly.com/ (New site for Marlene Simmons) The first site I used in 1999 and ordered 40 abstracts from Marlene. She was great to work with, and I highly recommend her services.

Cemeteries of Quebec

http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qceastwn/archives.html  **A great site for the Eastern Townships. (The below census extracts are from this site.)
Census Extracts:

Some of these pages require that your browser accept Java script and permit pop up windows. If you find that the page does not seem to display properly, check your browser settings. Each census transcription is accessed from its index.

Bolton 1825 Census - extracted & submitted by Elaine Morris, Sept 1999.

Potton 1825 Census - extracted & submitted by Elaine Morris, Sept 1999.

1825 Ascot Census - in PDF format - based on Jay Mack Holbrook's 1976 paper found in LDS' Salt Lake City Library, w/ corrections made by the submitter, Mat Ardron (Nov 2000).

1825 Census for Bedford District, Quebec. This indexed transcription has Stanbridge, St George, St Thomas, St Armand, Dunham, Sutton, Potton, Brome and Farnham. Contributed by David J. Ellis, updated Feb 2009.

1830 Census for Foucault, Noyan, and Sabrevois, Quebec. This is NOT the the 1831 provincial census, but rather another, taken between Nov and Dec of 1830. Further description included within. Contributed by David J. Ellis, updated Feb 2009.

1831 Census for Missisquoi Co, Quebec. This indexed transcription has Seigneurie de St. Armand, Sutton, Stanbridge and Dunham. Contributed by David J. Ellis, updated Feb 2009.

1831 Census for Rouville Co, Quebec. This indexed transcription has Seigneurie de Noyan, Seigneurie de Foucault, and Seigneurie de Sabrevois. Contributed by David J. Ellis, added Feb 2009.
A Cross Reference Between 1825, 1830 and 1831. This index cross references entries in the 1825, 1830 and 1831 censuses for Seigneurie de Noyan, Seigneurie de Foucault, and Seigneurie de Sabrevois. Contributed by David J. Ellis, added Feb 2009.
1852 Census for Missisquoi Co, Quebec and for Clarenceville, Rouville Co., Quebec. This indexed transcription has Stanbridge, St. Armand (East, West and Phillipsburg) Dunham, Sutton, and St. George de Clarenceville. Many may know this as the 1851 census. The title is being listed as the 1852 census, since it was actually taken during the early months of that year. Each transcription is fully indexed and also contains individual page links to the original images on Library and Archives Canada so that potential transcription errors can be easily checked. Contributed by David J. Ellis, updated Feb 2009.
Clarenceville 1852: Surname Index District 10
Dunham 1852: Surname Index District 1District 2 and District 3
St. Armand East 1852: Surname Index District 1 and District 2
St. Armand West 1852: Surname Index District 1 PhillipsburgDistrict 2 and District 3
Stanbridge 1852: Surname Index District 1 and District 2
Sutton 1852: Surname Index District 1 and District 2
Full Name Index With Ages: [illeg.] to BC to DE to HI to LM to OP to RS and T to Z
Cleveland 1901 census - extracted by Russell Saffin.
C1C2C3C4 and Index.
Shipton 1901 census - extracted by Russell Saffin.
K1K2K3K4 and Index.
Tingwick 1901 census - extracted by Russell Saffin (May 2000).
L1L2 and Index.
Census image browser. This browser provides access to the Missisquoi census images at Library and Archives Canada for the years 1825 through 1891. Contributed by David J. Ellis, added Oct 2014. 

Additional useful sites for the Eastern Townships and Canada.

Library and Archives Canada  www.collectionscanada.gc.ca


Library and Archives Canada -- border entry records, 1908-1918 and 1925-1935

History of Compton County, Eastern Townships

http://missisquoigenealogy.blogspot.com/ ** See message in comment section.

Quebec Family History Society
http://www.qfhs.ca/cpage.php?pt=53

Some Cemetery Locations Around Missisquoi Bay  http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qceastwn/archives/CemeteryLocations.html 


Brief Account of the Fenian Raids 1877

http://www.scribd.com/doc/126205199/Brief-Account-of-the-Fenian-Raids-1877

In 2010, I wrote a post called, "My Favorite Historical Society is on a Stamp!" It's about the Missisquoi Historical Society, in Stanbridge East, Quebec, Canada, and why I like it.

In addition to the above, I frequently use FamilySearch.org (link for Quebec, non-Catholic parish registers, 1763-1967) and the international edition of Ancestry.com (subscription).

UPDATE: JULY 7, 2015: Gail Dever posted a link to her blog, "Genealogy à la carte," telling us about "Drouin Institute’s free online database now holds more than 1.6 million Canadian obits. The Drouin Institute has added 246,000 recent obituaries to its bilingual website GenealogyQuebec for a total of 1,685,650 Canadian obituaries, from 1999 to 2015."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Marston of Salem, Massachusetts -- Tombstone Tuesday

HERE LYETH BURIED
Ye BODY OF
JOHN MARSTON SENIOR
AGED 66 YEARS
DECD DECEMBER Ye
19 1681

Buried in the Charter Street Cemetery aka Burying Point Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts
He was my 9th great-grandfather.
His foot stone was discovered when I pulled back a lot of the vine growing on the fence.
Two photos of the head and foot stones.

Photos taken May 23, 2015.
The above diagram is from the book, Charter Street Cemetery Burial Records: Salem,Massachusetts by William Carlson, Compiler, (Salem, MA: Higginson Book Co., 2009). I've used this book quite a few times, since I have five ancestors buried in this cemetery.

On pg. 38, you can see the entry for my ancestor, "Marston, John I. Born about 1615 Died December 19, 1681 age 66 years. The son of Thomas and Margaret (Salter) and the husband of Alice (Eden). D 163 (Note: D 163 is the section in the cemetery.)"

Friday, May 29, 2015

On His Birthday, I remember John F. Kennedy

Earlier this month, I read that the memorial statue of John F. Kennedy would once again be open to the public. Apparently, it was off limits right after 9/11/01, but now it may be seen by all. Since I wasn't aware of the statue in the first place, I made it a priority to see  it quickly...before the tourists hit town. I was rather lucky, even though there were several school groups, I remained patient and they soon moved on.

If you face the State House, the statue is to your left.

The view of the Shaw Memorial and the Boston Common as I stood by the memorial.
My post, "The Patriot and the Sculpturer, Both are Well-known. One Didn't Come Back" is about the Shaw Memorial. Yesterday was the anniversary for Robert Gould Shaw and his troop. The memorial scene depicts the 54th Regiment marching down Beacon Street on May 28, 1863 as they left Boston to head south.


Senator from Massachusetts 1953 - 1960 (I'll go back for that photo.)

For more information about President Kennedy, please see HERE.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lowell Remembers Memorial Day

IN MEMORY
OF ALL
BRAVE MEN
AND WOMEN
FROM LOWELL
WHO SERVED
AND ALL THOSE
WHO GAVE
THEIR LIVES
IN VIETNAM

ARMY

DONALD L. ARCAND
WILLIAM T. CALLERY
JOHN J. CARAVILLE
PETER TSIROVASILES
PAUL L. STEWART
BRUCE R. BAXTER
ROBERT L. HARRISON
RONALD E. FORGET
RICHARD C. ST. ARMAND
WALTER J. LEMIEUX
PETER J. BOUCHARD
WILLIAM J. HODGE
JOHN SCOTT KEENAN
ROBERT J. LAFLAMME

MARINES

RUDOLPH H. LEFEBVRE
JOSEPH L. VALLEE
PETER N. SAMARAS
ROBERT F. BIGELOW
RICHARD J. KELLEY
RONALD A. SKELTON
ROBERT W. McCLUSKEY
HENRY M. SARMENTO










All memorials are in front of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Trees obstruct full view of the building, so I'll take another photo in late fall. Below are some of the events to be held, including William Shatner on June 11th.

Friday, May 22, 2015

37,000 Flags for Memorial Day in Boston

Last year I heard about the flag display, and knew I had to make a trip to the Boston Common to see all 37,000 flags. A moving sight, and I hope you get an idea from the pictures below. 

Memorial Day isn't just another holiday.

This garden of 37,000 flags was planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. These flags will be on display through Memorial Day weekend for your observance and reflection. Please remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices of our local heroes.

For more information about the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, please visit www.massmilitaryheroes.org

Each flag represents a fallen service member; please respect the display.