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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Kennebuck Free Library, Kennebuck, Maine

Kennebuck, Maine
I have never been in this library, and didn't even know where it was, but my husband knew exactly where, it wasn't too far from the Wedding Cake House, which he wanted to see for the 100th time (see photo below). The entrance (below) was in the new addition to the library, but the rest of my photos show the older section.

Pretty good selection of genealogy and history books. A librarian showed me around and gave me some history. The skylight had to be covered during World War II and now has a beautiful ceiling light providing a bit of sparkle and light. The library lights the fireplace twice a week...maybe a tradition of some kind.

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.


There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- #5 Lowell Series

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.

Trolleys, Trains and Tracks
Welcome to the city of Trolleys, Trains and Tracks.

1830          1930
JUNE 5, 1830
(Below shows where the site would have been.)

An old restored mill building houses the yellow trolleys. Underneath this rail is a canal, the renovated mills across the street are condos or apartments.
Locomotives in Lowell
Signs like this are all over the historical area.
Above trolley just left Boot Cotton Mills Museum and is going to the Lowell National Park Service Visitor's Center. The trolleys typically run from March through November, and the ride is free.  Planning has begun to expand trolley service into other parts of the downtown.
From the National Park Service's flyer on Lowell Trolleys, "By 1935 electric trolleys made their last run in Lowell--that is, until 1984. As part of the development of Lowell National Historical Park, trolley service was reestablished in Lowell's downtown to transport park visitors in the city."
Actual train tracks, on the sidewalk. I love this feature. This track went directly to where I used to work. There are others in the city.
National Streetcar Museum (below)

City Hall in the background.

Our train station doesn't look like this, but I love this photo. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to crop it for posting. Currently our station's multi-level parking lot is being renovated, and there is other construction as well. When it is completed next year, I will post a photo. The train leaves for North Station in Boston, and stops in towns* along the way.

*North Billerica, Wilmington, Woburn, Winchester, Wedgemere, West Medford

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit, Maine (History and Genealogy Section)

Ogunquit, Maine

I have been by this charming library many times, but because of limited parking and way too many cars and walkers on the street, we never stopped in. Recently, we left extra early for a coastal trip, and this was our first stop, were there at 10 and got one of their few parking spaces.

One librarian was working, and was very helpful in answering my questions. They even have WiFi, which surprised me. Although small and filled with books, there are no future plans to enlarge, even though they have the space.


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.




Maine Historical Society and Library, Portland, Maine

Jesup Memorial Library / Bar Harbor Library, Bar Harbor, Maine


Proctor of Lowell, MA and Salem, MA -- Tombstone Tuesday

I noticed the first of the fall leaves falling on September 28, 2014, while in the Lowell Cemetery. As I entered the surname Proctor as a label (on the right side of this post), I saw I hadn't entered my own ancestor's surname John Proctor of Ipswich, Massachusetts. John was hanged as a witch on August 19, 1692. Unfortunately, I don't know if the family below was related to the one from Ipswich.
James Proctor
1795  --  1862
Joan Boynton
1796  --  1877
Thomas W. Proctor
1834  --  1850
Seward N. Proctor
1829  --  1910
Lydia M. Dinsmore
1830  --  1855
His Wife

Betsy A. Boynton
1837  --  1907
His Wife

Elvira B. Proctor
1857  --  1857
Emma J. Proctor
1869  --  1871
Arthur J. Proctor
1873  --  1874
Eva M. Proctor
1878  --  1938
This cemetery is called, Lowell Cemetery.

 The Burying Point Cemetery
 Salem, Massachusetts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Updates: Thank you to Pam Carter, Market Basket, Thanks to Bill Clinton, Ipswich, MA changes

I haven't written a Bits of News post in over three years, but thought I would group a few "bits of news" today.

Pam Carter writes the, My Maine Ancestry blog, and received the Blog of 2012 award. She recently awarded me the One Lovely Blog Award, which was very kind of her, since I do very little writing any more. To show my appreciation, I am highlighting her blog (see above) and the post in which she mentioned mine and others. Please read about Pam, a seasoned U. S. History teacher at a high school, so whatever she writes will be a thorough blog post. Carter is her maiden name, so if you have Carters in your tree, you might be related. As a matter of fact, Pam and I are distant cousins through Thomas Carter. Thank you, Pam very much for my award and I hope some of my readers will follow your blog.
Castle Hill (Wikipedia) at Ipswich, Massachusetts

The above shows the almost completed restoration of the casino area. Today was a cloudy day, so you can't see the ocean. The huge house faces the ocean.

This beautiful estate was written about several times, some photos are from my "Seeing New England" blog and more photos HERE.

Some of you might recognize the castle, because it has been shown in several movies, such as; "The Witches of Eastwick," "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past," "Flowers in the Attic" and more recently the current movie, “The Equalizer,” with Dezel Washington.
The 1677 Whipple House and the reconstructed 1657 Alexander Knight House were recently in the news. The Whipple House lost a huge tree during a severe storm, and there was roof damage to the house. The Alexander Knight House has a new handmade fence to go with the 1657 house.

Yesterday, I was delighted to see that the Market Basket grocery store chain again made the news. The below statement was what Bill Clinton said...glad to see he follows my local news. He has been to Lowell, at least two times, perhaps more.

Clinton name-drops Market Basket in CNBC interview

Sentinel & Enterprise UPDATED:   09/28/2014 06:32:14 AM EDT
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Part of the article reads:
"THE MARKET BASKET fight first made headlines in national outlets such as The New York Times and NBC Nightly News, among others. Last week, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a forum that attracted hundreds to hear about lessons that can be gleaned from employees' victory in getting the company to sell to beloved leader Arthur T. Demoulas.
A few workers who attended the forum loved that it was held just across the river from the Prudential Center in Boston, where the Market Basket board held so many of its meetings.
But no one probably expected a former U.S. president to mention the chain's name. But Bill Clinton did in a CNBC interview Sept. 23 at the Clinton Global Initiative.
Clinton was asked by reporter Becky Quick about the American economy, with the stock market soaring as many middle-class families still struggle. Clinton mentioned three reasons for the sluggish job market: a need to raise the minimum wage, need for a better mix of jobs, and the fact that so many companies are using their wealth on dividends or buying back stock.

Clinton mentioned Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, which recently went public, as saying his investors would make more money in the long run if the company placed employees and customers first. He then turned to Market Basket, which has been putting employees and customers ahead of shareholders for years.

"This Market Basket case in Massachusetts and New Hampshire was a big issue because the family that owned it wanted to get rid of the guy who was running it," Clinton said, showing an accurate familiarity with the saga. "They thought he gave too much of the wealth of the company to the employees. The customers loved it. So the employees and the customers left when they got rid of him. They had to bring him back."

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- #4 Lowell Series

"There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell" is the city slogan.

Artist James McNeill Whistler was born in Lowell.
Please enjoy my photos taken in spring and one the other day.

"The Demoulas Foundation is
committed and dedicated to
the history, past and present and
future, of the city of Lowell."

Telemachus A. Demoulas
1920 - 2003
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 11, 1834,
at 243 Worthen Street
His parents were Major George Washington Whistler,
Civil Engineer and his second wife Anna Matilda McNeill.

City Hall in the background.