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.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Pomp Lovejoy, Died in Andover, MA, How Can you Find his Burial Site?

I've been wanting to post this since May 2016, because I "discovered" a grave marker for a 101 year old slave who died in Andover. However, because of the sun, my photo didn't come out. I went back several times, but always had the same problem. Even the person who took the FindAGrave photo had difficulty and had to lighten it considerably. So this post was put aside for many months.

Then, on August 31, 2017, Bill West of the West in New England blog, wrote in his post that he had Pomp Lovejoy named as "'Negroe servant' to my 7x great granduncle Captain William Lovejoy". That was my solution, and I told him I had a photo and would post it on my blog. But, I never thought it would take five months to write and share this, because, I still needed something else to go with this post.

Today, I remembered a former post in which I gave exact directions to find some relatives buried in the same South Church Cemetery where Pomp was buried, and I was able to find them immediately. I'm resharing the instructions, so if Bill West or anybody else wants to find a cemetery stone there, all they have to do is follow the below instructions.

Pomp Lovejoy, different visits (note flag missing.)
See the FindAGrave photo and compare to mine.
Lightened, but can't read. His wife, Rose was buried beside him.

Pomp and Rose Lovejoy are to the left on this row, the Coburns to the right, and below.
Same location, different years, the flag is missing.

South Church / South Parish Cemetery
Central Street, Andover, Massachusetts

How to find burial sites of those buried in the South Church Cemetery in Andover, Massachusetts.

Step 1
After I found Pomp Lovejoy on the FindAGrave site, I clicked on the link for the cemetery listed on Pomp's page. The link for South Church Cemetery was listed and I clicked on that. Then clicked on the tab Get to Know Us, and brings you to Cemetery Information, so easy. You are ready to search the Cemetery Database.

Step 2
The following steps are easy from here on out, just type in your surname, as I did below for Lovejoy, Pomp. You'll get the Lot number and Detail. Click on Detail, and you'll get a detailed report ... see my yellow reports below on Pomp Lovejoy. I've never seen anything like this in all the 150 or so different cemetery visits I've made.

I made a quick call to the church to see if they had maps, they did! The following morning, after printing out my names and writing their Lot numbers with Grid number (very important), I showed up at 9:30. Once you have the Grid, it is easy to find who you are looking for. Copy of map is below (reduced in size many times).

To recap, if you believe your individual is buried in this cemetery, you'll need to insert the surname, note the Lot number and Grid number (from the Detail information), then use the map. Example for Pomp Lovejoy are below.

Click on Show, under Detail, and you will find a complete report, like Pomp Lovejoy's below. The grid number in the report tells you where he was buried. Then go to the cemetery map and find that grid. With the grid and lot number, you should have an easier time finding the stone than if you didn't have this information.

Cemetery Map
The Church and Cemetery from Google Earth.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Jack Kerouac Was a Man Who Loved Cats. See the Proof.

Lowell, Massachusetts was home to Jack Kerouac, a famous novelist, poet, and "beatnik" for part of his life. Although he has been deceased for almost 96 years, the city still enjoys celebrating his life, especially during his birth month of October. Throughout one week, the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival is held (2017 program on link). An update: To celebrate his birthday, I just read about an On the Road Marathon to be held March 10th and 11th in Lowell.


He was born in Lowell, lived here and many other places throughout the United States, and was buried here. We have a park named after him, and tourists come to the city to see where he lived.

Over three years ago, I posted a blog post, "There Is A Lot to Like About Lowell -- Jack Kerouac, Life and Times, Birth and Death," which included photos of a place he lived, his cemetery stone, and showed an exhibit of his personal items.  This past year, I had the opportunity to see another exhibit, held during the Doors Open Lowell weekend (selected buildings open to the public). The exhibit is now a permanent fixture at the Allen House (above), built in 1854, which has the office of the current Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML), overlooking the Merrimack River (below), not far from my house.

The exhibit is small, although enjoyable, especially if you love cats and Jack. Below, is what you see first, as you enter into the main room of the house.

Above from Jack Kerouac Center for the Public Humanities.
Below is the brochure I received, showcasing the exhibit.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Chelmsford, MA Library and Historical Society Have a Lot to Offer Genealogists

Chelmsford Library aka Adams Library
Chelmsford Public Library 
25 Boston Road, Chelmsford, MA USA 01824
Telephone: (978) 256-5521

If you live near a library where your ancestors might have lived, and haven't visited it lately, you might be in for a nice surprise. I have been in perhaps 70 or more libraries in my lifetime, but this local library is the one I used when I was in high school, and is the go-to-library I use now for some genealogy research. I began this post with the intention of writing just about the Genealogy offerings of the Library. Then I went on to another topic, that of on-line yearbooks from 1920, then on to the last topic, that being the Chelmsford Historical Society, which has a fabulous page for everybody who has old, really old ancestors. Check it out. Makes me wish I had ancestors from this town. Oh, the top page of my blog, the header, is a photo of a cemetery in Chelmsford, I've used this photo for about five years.

Local History Room

Back to the Library. Want to see what they offer? Go to their website and click on the Services tab, then select History Library, which opens up to Genealogy and Obituaries.

The first section are the featured online resources.
Researchers may use American Ancestors, Ancestry Library edition, Heritage Quest, for obituary searches.

Other topics include:
. Local History Room Circulating genealogy collection
. Chelmsford Newspapers Obituary Search Obituary Index to the . Chelmsford Newsweekly and Chelmsford Independent, (502 pages,      beginning June 1940)
. Microfilm Periodicals
. Note: I couldn't get the Chelmsford Cemetery Archive feature to work.


On July 26, 2017, I received the following facebook message:

"Chelmsford Public Library is collaborating with the Historical Society to make past CHS yearbooks available for free online, but we need your help! We're missing the following years:
1926, 1927, 1933, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1944, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1978, 1981, 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000
If you have a CHS yearbook from one of these years you'd like to donate to the library, just drop it off at the reference desk. If you'd like to help us out by allowing us to scan it, but would like the yearbook returned to you, just leave a note on it with your contact information and we'll let you know when the scanning is complete. Thank you all!
For those interested in the yearbooks online, they're located on the library's website and the Historical Society's page. Here are the links:

Downloadable PDF scans of CHS yearbooks. Thanks to the Historical Society for scanning and sharing their collection with the library. Please contact us if you have a yearbook not listed below and would like it scanned and added to the collection."

I noticed my yearbook wasn't included, so I brought it to the Library to be scanned. Click on the Select a yearbook to view tab to search the year you want. Look at 1925, for a look into the past.

The third section is a page the Genealogy tab of Chelmsford Historical Society webpage, shown below, extra large because I want you to see some features, three are below

Births and Baptisms to 1699
(PDF, 17 pages)

Cemetery Records to 2007
(PDF, 189 pages)

Vital Records to 1849
(Surname index page)
Mass. Vital Records Project

The Library tab offers Chelmsford Town Directories in searchable PDF format:

Hildene, the Vermont Summer Home of President Lincoln's Son, Is Worth a Visit

Hildene Estate
1005 Hildene Road
Manchester, Vermont 05254

After my first trip to Hildene in 2013, I knew a return trip would have to be in the spring. I planned to schedule our trip during the blooming of their thousands of peonies. Well, with an extremely hot spell in June 2017, the flowers bloomed and died quickly, and I missed it by a week. The trip balanced out tho, because I learned that tourists could now take interior photos  (which are below), and all the tourists had come and gone the previous week! So, although there are no flowers, please enjoy the inside of the house.

A few things; the house is open year-round, I post large size photos so you can see the details, and if there is a next visit, I'll take much better pictures of the floor diagrams. A Lincoln genealogy chart, and a lot of information about the estate are at the end of this post.



Robert Todd Lincoln's bedroom.

Permission to post granted by the president, when I called Hildene.

Diagram of 2nd floor.

A bit of information from Hildene's website: "Robert Lincoln built Hildene as a summer home at the turn of the 20th century. He was the only child of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln to survive to maturity. Robert first visited Manchester as a young man in the summer of 1864 when he came to the Equinox Hotel with his mother and his brother Tad. Some forty years later he returned to purchase 400 acres of land to build what he would call his ancestral home. At the time, Robert was president of the Pullman Company, the largest manufacturing corporation in the country."

"The 400 acre estate with its Georgian revival mansion and 13 historic buildings includes the home, formal garden and observatory; Welcome Center and The Museum Store in the historic carriage barn; 1903 Pullman car, Sunbeam; a solar powered goat dairy and cheese-making facility and the lower portion, the Dene, was recently incorporated into the guest experience."