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, March 31, 2010

Looking Back

Brenda of Journey to the Past wrote about her five favorite libraries, and it was her last one that caught my eye.  A quick email to her explaining the mysterious death of one of my ancestors I wrote about Suicide or MurderJohn Newmark of  Transylvanian Dutch had previously located a newspaper article from St. Louis, MO for me.  Brenda was kind enough to locate three additional newspaper articles from Battle Creek, Michigan. Thank you both.

Jenna of Desperately Seeking Surnames selected my blog to be one of five that she chose to follow for the Five Weeks to Better Genealogy #9.  She had to read my blog every day for five days!

One Saturday I wrote five Yale University students (emails obtained from the school) to see if any of them were interested in taking a photo of a bronze bust of my ancestor.  Only one responded, and Carol informed me that the fee was $12 per hour, fee set by the University.  Well, since I knew where it was, I gave her directions, although it was pretty easy, since it is located on the first floor of Sterling Library.  She went on Monday morning, and within hours, I had five photos. At least I know what it looks like and am really glad I didn't make the long trip just to take it.

A genealogy friend, Wes and I corresponded quite a bit in the fall, before I began my blog.  Recently he found me via the blog, which I thought was pretty nice.  He informed me that one of our ancestors, John Holmes has a DAR Chapter named after him and it is located in Minnesota.  John Holmes was my 6th great-grandfather.

Hummer of Branching Out Through the Years, informed me that we share the same ancestors: James Fitch and Priscilla Mason. And, Wendy of New England Genealogy shares the direct oldest line to my Jonathan Poole.

At long last, my header photo is done correctly.  Since the very beginning, I haven't been able to insert the photo correctly.  Thanks to Apple of  Apple's Tree, she resized it for me, and this isn't the first time she has helped me.

Greta of Greta's Genealogy Bog mentioned in her Follow Friday for March 26th, my piece in “Sentimental Sunday – My First Job.” Thank you Greta. Follow-up, if you go to Greta's blog, she also wrote about her first job.




Bits of News

In USA Today, the daily newspaper, carries the Prime-time Nielsen ratings for television shows on Wednesday for the previous week. The show "Who Do You Think You Are" had 6.2 million viewers and ranked at #46. The show dropped a million viewers from the previous week.

Madonna and Ellen DeGeneres are 11th cousins, so says USA Today and Ancestry. Common ancestor, Martin Aucoin. Update, I saw The Ellen Show this morning and she mentioned other well-known people she is related to. And tried to pronounce the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, also stated they had already done her genealogy.