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, May 28, 2014

Memorial Hall Library, Andover, Massachusetts (Genealogy Sections)

I was very anxious to get back to this library, the Memorial Hall Library in Andover, since it's been about 15 years, and I was curious about their genealogy collection now. The library has a large addition, but managed to keep very little of the original library structure, which I was sad to see.

The main reference desk, with original clock.
This is the genealogy room for the public. (Above and two photos below.)

I learned that the special collection is now in a closed off area, but I was able to explain what I was doing, and the Librarian was very happy to show me the room.

Jay Leno was from Andover, Massachusetts. If I remember correctly, he signed the book.

A little bit of old.
Parking meters are in the rear of building, and even with the lot, finding a space could be difficult. The Library is on a main street at a major intersection.

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.


War Ration Books

On April 24, 2014, John Tew posted a photo of a War Ration book in his Filiopietism Prism blog. I wrote and told him, I had my very own. The first one issued to me was when I was 3 months old, and at that time, my father was serving in the Pacific, while my mother and I were living with her parents in Connecticut. The 2nd book was filled out by my mother.