Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Phew!

Well, the craziness continues.

I am working hard on the details provided in the letter of Mary Elizabeth (Adams) Foster (daughter of Margaret Elizabeth Hawksley and Isaac Benjamin Adams). I have traced 4 of the 7 Goodwin children mentioned in it.

Meanwhile, I need to find the Alumni Dublinses (sp?) to look up a name. That means a trip to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. WHEN???

Summer means a slow down in genealogy work, mostly due to babysitting. I need a few days to rest my mind and refocus.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

NEHGS visit

The New England Historic Genealogical Society - the final frontier!!!

Day 7 of my vacation - Thursday: SECOND IN GREATNESS ONLY TO THE DAY I GAVE BIRTH!!!

Have you ever seen Disney's "Beauty and the Beast"?My Thursday was like a fairy tale... *sniff* At last my plans to visit the NEHGS library came to fruition, and there I was treated just like Belle, the staff and volunteers like the household items singing, "Be Our Guest"!

Seriously. I do not exaggerate. This was the most amazing day of my life, next to giving birth to my son almost 5 years ago.

First I arrived at NEHGS and met Helen, the volunteer coordinator. Such a lovely and affable woman, she offered to assist me in any way I needed. I told her I needed to go to the special collections/manuscript department, and she rode the elevator with me up there.

She introduced me to Timothy, the archivist, with whom I have had some contact over the past few years. He immediately located the collection I desired and I began my search. This was the Isaac Adams collection and I was hoping to find the parentage of Margaret Elizabeth Hawksley, who married Isaac's son, Isaac.

YES!!! SWEET SUCCESS WAS MINE!!! It was only half the equation that I discovered - her mother - but still it answered so many questions about the family! Yes, I am still high with euphoria from that finding.

Next I took the elevator down to the microtext department and met Julie, one of the librarians. This woman was full of energy and eager to help. She assisted me in locating the parents of Ruhama (French) Wade. In the meantime, she also hailed Dave, the online genealogist for NEHGS.

Again, Dave is someone with whom I have had contact many times in the past, but only via email. Julie shouted, "We've got a Stoughtonette over here!" (as in Stoughton, Massachusetts) and Dave came to meet me. I introduced myself and told him how we had contact in the past before, and he immediately was all about helping me.

He ran to the library for a book, to his own computer for vital records, and more. He was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. We even had a chance to chat a little bit about ourselves (Ozfest, man!) and get to know one another a bit.

Last, but not least, Helen came to find me one last time to ensure that I had found what I sought and ask if I wanted to leave any work with her. Awwwwww... I explained my biggest brick wall, which I hoped to come back in the future to work, and thanked her for her time and solicitousness.

I left walking on air.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Mayflower Society Visit

Monday, June 25, 2007

So this was my first visit to the Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth; specifically to their library.

It was a good day of research (I had some tiny success in probates), researching Mayflower lineages, and meeting Paul Bumpus - the librarian who had about 50-something lineages (20-something proven!).He's a very cool guy; efficient, intelligent, and well-organized.

One of the volunteers suggested we go toe-to-toe on lineages (mine number in the 60's). But Paul was cool about the whole thing and would like to see me get them all proved. I will Paul. :-) Meeting you inspired me to work even harder on my supplementals!

David joined me on this journey and we enjoyed the atmosphere of beautiful Plymouth. We paused for lunch at Papa Gino's (a New England MUST for us), then drove the rest of the way to Manomet where I showed David the hidden White Horse Cemetery and plunged into Manomet Cemetery on a hunt for my Griswold ancestors.

Unfortunately, neither George Emery Griswold nor his wife, Rebecca (Parks), are buried there. Well, that's just another reason to return to Plymouth in the near future (like October for the Bartlett Society reunion!!!).

On Sunday the 24th, I had also revisited the cemeteries in Plympton where my Wood and Haley families are buried.