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.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ten Eyck Farm, Dunham, Quebec, Canada

Eleven years ago this month, my husband and I went on a research trip to Dunham, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada for four days. Traveling to this area of Canada took less than seven hours, so it wasn't a very long trip. I was extremely well prepared, because I knew exactly where I wanted to go, had the addresses of those I wanted to meet,  and had mapped out the cemeteries.  It all came together.

The first stop was at the Missisquoi Historical Society in East Stanbridge, a goldmine of resources. I had communicated with the archivist, and knew the hours of operation, and their holdings. Later, I met with a cousin, who came quite a distance to meet me at my B and B. The owners were very accommodating to us...I'm thinking, although they spoke French and I only English.

Another thing my husband and I did was drive all over the county and that of Brome County looking at gravestones. Another cousin had just visited the area several months earlier and found a number of our shared ancestors, so I was extremely fortunate. She had given me a marked map and copies of her photos. In all, I located 22 direct ancestor graves! I had totally forgotten that, until I mentioned it recently to GeneaBlogger, Carol Bowen Stevens, and she thought it was amazing. After all these years, I think so too, I was very lucky.

The last wonderful aspect of the trip was, I went to the old Ten Eyck homestead.  I have no idea how old the house is, but the land has been in the family for well over 200 years.  My grandmother grew up in the house, and when I was young, we went there for a long visit, as my grandmother's brother's family now lived there. The brother was deceased, but his wife was kind to invite us in for a long chat about the family. One thing led to another, and I found out that the wife, was born in the city where I now live! You just never know what you are going to find out when you talk to somebody.

This trip still brings back sentimental thoughts. It was a perfect trip, perfect weather and perfect memories.

The photos below are three photos taken that day at the house. And the one below, was scanned from the book, Dunham 1867 - 1992 (Anniversary Book),  (Pub. Editions Louis Bilodeau and Fils Ltee, Sherbrook, Quebec 1992). 
Ten Eyck Farm, Dunham, Missisquoi Co., Quebec, Canada