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.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pool or Poole, One of the Hardest Tombstone Tuesday posts to Photograph

I think it is beginner's luck to find your family cemetery stone in the first row, if that is where you begin looking first. Yes, I was very lucky. The photo below is for my 3rd cousin, 5 times removed, and not only is it up front, there is a stone wall around almost two sides of it. Getting a decent photo was made difficult because of the angle, and shade. However, as you can see below, I lightened the stone, as seen by the background and cropped as much as possible. Last step was to straighten the picture.
In memory of
Jonathan Pool
who died 25-08
1807 aged 60.

Original photo below.

These two pictures (above and below) show the wall.

Above photo of Jonathan's daughter's tombstone.

In memory of Miss
Nancy Pool, dau.
of Mr. Jonathan and
Mrs. Ann Pool
who died 21 Feb.
1789 aged ___.

 Note: I really wish I had moved those leaves. My records show Nancy was 16, and I plan on retaking this photo.

Taken at Laural Hill Cemetery in Reading, Massachusetts, where I have other direct ancestors and family members buried.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Prince and a Princess on Veterans Day

Original date of this post, Thursday, November 12, 2009

Every once and a while there is an article about Princess Diana, and I'm often reminded when I saw her in person. Yesterday was the 17th anniversary of her tragic death. This post was written almost five years ago.

November 11, 1985 was a pretty exciting day. The three hour wait to get a glimpse of Prince Charles and Princess Diana was worth the effort. I claimed my spot just about 7 AM on a rather nice sunny day in Springfield, Virginia, outside of Washington, DC. The sharpshooters and press were already in place at the mall parking lot, where the couple would soon be. They were going to open an exhibit of British merchandise (I think clothes) at J. C. Penney's. Once the motorcade arrived, everybody was so excited, esp. me, since I was at the barricade, and had a great view as they drove past me. The photos are the proof. Once they were inside the store, we all patiently waited to see what would happen when they left. Well, they both walk over to the crowds, and a lucky few got to shake their hands. There was a policeman in front of me much of the time, so I couldn't take all the pictures I wanted, he was just in the way. Pretty exciting day for a Veterans Day.

Original Photo is below.
Another time, maybe in 1993, I was two blocks from where I worked, and had heard that Prince Charles was going to visit the Octagon House in Washington, DC. So at lunch, I went over with a few co-workers and waited a good hour, but he did show up. A quick wave to us, and he went inside. No press, and very little security. But it got better...I left work at 4:00 and walked by the House, thinking that just maybe I'd see him, and I did, with no wait at all. He must have been right on my schedule, because as I walked by, he came out of the House. There were only a handful of people, and he waved and said, "hi." I'll always remember his lovely lavender shirt.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Lincoln Public Library -- History and Genealogy Section

Lincoln Massachusetts
A war memorial, apparently no others are in town, and I had to post the unusual tree shown below.

A nice private room with plenty of familiar books and a good selection of books about Lincoln. The librarians were very nice here, and were able to give me directions to my ancestor's grave.

I was unaware that a children's sing-a-long was going on when I went to the old section of the Library but, soon the voices gave it away. Loved the stained glass, but it's very hard to photograph when the sun is shining through. At least these pictures give you an idea of the beauty of this building.

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


Original Demoulas Market Basket Post and Follow-up

I am reposting my August 5th article because several people have expressed in interest in this post, and they were unable to read it from another site.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The First Demoulas Market Basket in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Fighting Two Cousins and All the News it's Making

Cropped photo taken May 14, 2014.

The First Demoulas Market was established in
Lowell in 1917 by Athanasios "Arthur" Demoulas
and his wife Efrosene (Soulemanis) Demoulas.
Immigrants who ten years earlier had arrived
in Lowell from Kalabaka, Greece.

In 1955, the market was incorporated by their
sons Telemachus and George, who expanded the
business to 14 supermarkets before George's
early death in 1971.

Telemachus went on to create on of the
largest supermarket chains in New England.
He became a well known and respected
philanthropist beloved throughout the
acre and the city of Lowell for his
generosity, his vision and his spirit.
He died in  2003 at the age of 82.

The photo above and below were taken behind the house where James McNeil Whistler was born.
 (The marker is in the middle, with red car to the left.)
To read more about this family and the business, see Wikipedia HERE or google Demoulas or Market Basket. It is currently on our Massachusetts news non-stop, and on national news as well. I'm posting this because there might be some people who would like to see photos from two of their 71 stores.
There is a feud between two cousins and apparently, there has been bad blood for many years. Both cousins have the first name, one is Arthur S. and the other Arthur T.

As a result of the favored cousin's firing, the employees are extremely upset, as are the customers. People are not shopping in the stores, instead dragging themselves to the more expensive stores such as Hannaford, Stop and Shop and Shaws as a way to force the other cousin to change his ways. Employees and customers are picketing side by side and many customers are bringing food for the employees. This began at least 12 days ago, and nobody knows when it will end or what the outcome will be. Update: Agreement made on August 27th around midnight.
Customers are taping their receipts from competitive stores on the doors. Market Basket is losing at least 10 million a day because of this. Update: the company lost 95% of it's business during the six weeks of the boycott.

Unsold bread and other perishables are donated to food banks. There hasn't been produce in the stores for about 14 days (correction, it became 6 weeks), so many of the local farms are doing a brisk business, now selling fresh blueberries, corn and other crops.

 Burial site of Artie T's Father. I am not going to disclose the location, and it isn't on FindAGrave.

“You proved, all of you, that your grass-roots efforts to save your company and harness thousands and thousands of people was not about a family conflict or a Greek tragedy,” he said, “but more about fairness, justice and a solid moral compass that unites the human soul.

Arthur T. Demoulas

The below photos were taken on August 28th. The customers and employees, along with Artie T. are now one happy family, after almost two months of uncertainty.
For those interested in the Demoulas ancestry can see what several researchers have done at the site, on the link for the word Demoulas. Scroll to the bottom to Public Trees, then Public Member Trees. 

Friend and genealogy blogger, Heather Rojo posted a genealogy report on the Demoulas family at her blog, Nutfield Genealogy.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Leominster Public Library -- Historical & Genealogical Collections

Leominster Public Library, Leominster, Massachusetts
I have never been to Leominster, but heard that they had a nice library and a great genealogy collection. I was not disappointed. As with many of the other libraries I've been to, the old building gained a new addition, and as always I love seeing how they did it. When I mentioned my appreciation to a librarian, she said they hired an expert architect who specialized in libraries. These photos (above and two below) were taken in the old section.

The main collection is in the larger of the genealogy two rooms, shown below.

Old Leominster city directories.
The photos below are of the second genealogy room.

Some specfic books for Leominster history and to the left, is a row devoted to Johnny Appleseed, who was born in Leominster.

The Roll of Honor for the War of 1861-1865 was recently moved to the first floor and because of the lighting I wasn't able to get a good picture. When I mentioned that fact to the librarian, Jeannine T. Levesque, she quickly showed me the book where all the photos were, with the soldier's names and a short bio, including cause of death. A photo of the book is "Leominster Historical and Picturesqueby William A. Emerson (google book, the below photo is on page 53.
A. W. Cowdrey
Capt. C. H. Stevens
J. F. Crosby
Lieut. A. R. Glover
A. B. Osborn
J. B. Foster
G. H. Gallup
J. G. Snow
W. H. Johnson
A. H. Carater
J. F. Owens
E. Hardy
F. Gardner
J. Q. A. Tripp
J. M. Mellen
C. H. Derby
A. L. Wilder
A. W. Johnson
Capt. Jorgensen
G. E. Wilder
J. E. Marshall
H. K. Derby
J. McDonough
M. L. Jordan
C. A. Lamb
C. B. Wood
J. C. Ready
L. Goodrich
D. Butterfield
J. M. Lewis
E. B. Rollins
R. H. Carter
C. H. Sinclair
L. R. Gallup
E. A. Ellick
L. Richardson
Side photo of the Library, with the oldest section at the front right.

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