Wednesday, July 8, 2020

United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire - Weathervane Wednesday!

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

Today's weathervane was photographed on the steeple above the United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.





This mural is painted on the left side of the altar in the sanctuary of the United Church.


The United Church is located at 1139 Center Road in Lyndeborough, New Hampshire.  This congregation was founded in 1967 when two churches (Baptist and Congregational) joined to form the United Church.  The church is located in the historic district, which has three structures: The Town Pound, the Town Hall, and the church.  The Lyndeborough Center Historic District is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The church was built in 1837 when the congregation moved out of the town hall into its own building. The original steeple was hit by lightning in the 1800s, and the new steeple is shorter than the original.  The building is not heated, so it is only used in the summer.  In the early 1900s the interior was stenciled with bible verses (see the photo above). 

The weathervane probably dates from about the mid 1850s when the steeple was rebuilt and the church bell was added. It is a banner style weathervane, with cut work and a lightning rod.  According to the book Images of America: Wilton, Temple, and Lyndeborough, by Michael G. Dell'Orto, Priscilla A. Weston, and Jessie Salisbury, 2003, "The Lyndeborough Baptist Church was formed in 1829. A lot was donated by Ephraim Putnam, and this plain, stark building, without steeple, was erected and dedicated in 1836. It was located where the village common is today.  In 1863, businessman Joel Tarbell offered the church a lot on the opposite side of the street. The church was moved, turned around, and placed on a better, higher foundation.  Over the years, lumber for a belfry was donated by Luther Cram, a weathervane was donated, the interior was renovated, the building was raised, a vestry and kitchen were added, and a spire was built."   


For the truly curious:

The records of the United Church of Lyndeborough, 1782 - 1937 are in the Andover-Harvard Theological library of the Harvard Divinity School.  The collection identifier is bMS 450.

The History of the Town of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, 1735 - 1905, by D. Donovan and Jacob Woodward, 1906.  See this link:   https://www.google.com/books/edition/_/7n9n5W-Uf2MC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA291&dq=united+church+lyndeborough

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "United Church of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire - Weathervane Wednesday!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 8 July 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/07/united-church-of-lyndeborough-new.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Hannah (Choate) Burnham, died 1805, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

It's Tombstone Tuesday!  This tombstone was photographed at the Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.


Mrs. Hannah Burnham
died March 1805
AEtat. 81
Relict of Lieut. Nathan Burnham
of Ipswich (Massachusetts)
who fell at the defeat of the British Army
at Ticonderoga, A.D. 1758

The name BURNHAM caught my eye as I wandered through this cemetery recently, and then I saw that this family was from Ipswich.  I have eight BURNHAM lineages from the original Burnham brothers who settled in Ipswich during the great migration!  I knew that this was a cousin connection!

From The History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, page 234 to page 237, "From an examination of several papers now in the possession of John Burnham, Esq., of this town, we infer that his great-grandfather, Nathan Burnham, was an independent husbandman, a man of intelligence and capacity, who possessed the confidence of his fellow-citizens, as also that of the provincial government.  By the former he was intrusted with the management of important transactions, and by the latter appointed to a military office, upon equal rank with officers of the same grade in the line of the English army.  His wife was Hannah Choate of Ipswich.
     On the thirteenth day of March 1758 he was commissioned by Governor Pownell first lieutenant of a company of foot, commanded by Captain Stephen Whipple, in the regiment of Col. Stephen Bagley, which constituted a portion of the force furnished by Massachusetts for the expedition against Canada.  Lieutenants Burnham and Low, of the same company, fell in the fatal attack upon Ticonderoga, July 8, 1758, where an army of sixteen thousand British and Provincial troops were shamefully repulsed by one fourth of their number of French and Indians, through the incapacity of their general. Sixteen hundred and eight regulars and three hundred and thirty four provincials, killed and wounded, was a cruel penalty for General Abercrombie's rash attempt to carry by assault a strong position, without bringing up his artillery, of which he had a good supply. 
      Among the papers in Mr. John Burnham's possession are Governor Pownell's proclamation calling for volunteers from the provincial regiments, Lieut. Burnham's commission, beating orders, forms of enlistment, orders to muster, words of command for the musket drill, order for the march, power-of-attorney to Lieut. B.'s wife to manage affairs during his absence on duty, a kind letter to her while on the march, and lastly, the letter of a friendly comrade from the battle-field, narrating the melancholy fate of her dearest friend - a fate which it has been the sad fortune of widows to hear since the time when man became the murderer of his brother man."

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Hadley, June 7, 1758
To My Dearly Beloved Wife:
I hope through Divine goodness, you are in health, as I am at this time, and I pray God be with you, and preserve you and our dear children from all evil.  My duty to mother Choate.  My love to all my friends. We came into town last Sabbath day, about two o'clock, and billeted the company at private houses, and we are very kindly entertained at the widow Porter's.  Her husband was a member of the General Court about thirty years.  Yesterday the Captain, I, and Lieut. Low, went over Connecticut river to Northampton, to see about the affair, and returned at night. We expect to go over to Northampton to-morrow, to make seven days' provisions, to march near to Albany.
I remain your loving husband,
Nathan Burnham
PS - I should be glad to hear from you.  I have had blisters on one foot, but they are better. Col. Bagley came to town yesterday. Col. Dooty's regiment is coming in, and it supposed both regiments are to march together.  We have twelve of our own guns, and had twenty-two at Worcester, and other companies are much so.  It is supposed there is no great danger. The arms are at Albany.

.... Mrs. Burnham:  I send you these lines to let you know the heavy news that you have to hear from the camp, and I pray God give you grace and strength to hold up under such heavy tidings.  The truth is, your husband, our lieutenant, Nathan Burnham, Being in the fight at the narrows of Ticonderoga, July the 8th, 1758, received a ball in the bowels, which proved mortal. He came to me and told me that he was wounded, and that he should soon be in eternity.  I desired him to retreat down the hill.  I followed him,and found some help to carry him off the ground, namely, James Andrews, John Foster, and Jeremiah Burnham.  We carried him that night four miles to our boats.  The doctor did what he could, but vain was the help of man.  Next Day, being the ninth day upon our passage upon the lake, about eleven o'clock, after many heavenly expressions and prayers, he departed this life, and I believe, made a good exchange.  Please tell Mrs. Low the same heavy news.  Stephen Low, being in the same fight, was, without doubt, shot dead on the spot.  We had not the opportunity to bring off our dead.
Nehemiah Burnham" 

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Genealogy information:

Lieutenant Nathan Burnham, who died at Fort Ticonderoga, is my 7th great uncle.  I descend from his brother Stephen Burnham, born about 1715 in Ipswich and died 1790 in Milford, New Hampshire.      Nathan Burnham, Jr. was with his father's unit as a waterboy, and was about 11 years old.  He was with his father when he was killed. According to the published Burnham Genealogy book by Roderick H. Burnham, 1879 "Tradition has it that before leaving for the war he took his sword on his hand to try the metal and it broke.  Turning to his wife he said "I shall never come back".  He went on but returned to pray with is family before taking final leave.

Hannah was the daughter of Samuel Choate and Mary Brown.  She was born in Ipswich about 1727 and died 1 March 1805 in Dunbarton, where she is buried. Hannah Choate is my first cousin 10 generations removed.  Her great grandfather, John Choate (born about 1624 and died 4 December 1695 in Ipswich) is my 9th great grandfather.  

For the truly curious:

A blog post about Fort Ticonderoga:

My Surname Saturday blog post about the Burnham family:

My Surname Saturday blog post about the Choate family:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Hannah (Choate) Burnham, died 1805, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 7, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/07/hannah-choate-burnham-died-1805.html: accessed [access date]).

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July!

The Liberty Bell inside Independence Hall,  Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, 1974

Happy Fourth of July!
These images were scanned from slides of a Girl Scout trip I took to Philadelphia in 1974. 
Not bad for a twelve year old Girl Scout? I wish I had taken more photos! 


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Happy 4th of July!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 4, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/07/happy-4th-of-july.html: accessed [access date]).

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wilton, New Hampshire Town Hall - Weathervane Wednesday!

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

Today's weathervane was spotted on the clock tower above the old Town Hall in Wilton, New Hampshire.





This historic town hall is home to the locally famous Town Hall Theatre at 42 Main Street.  This tiny movie theater shows silent movies to live music, classic films, and independent movies. The larger theater inside seats 250, and a smaller "screening room" seats 63.  You can see what movies are playing at this link:  http://www.wiltontownhalltheatre.com/Index.asp   

The building dates from 1886.  The clock is still original, made by the George Milton Stevens company of Boston.  One side of the building is the theater, originally built for travelling shows and vaudeville acts, and the other is still town offices.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places.  This is one of the first buildings built downtown after two devastating fires consumed most of the buildings in the center of town in 1874 and 1881.  

This weathervane is original to the building, just like the clock.  It is a gilded sunburst on a banner with a gilded knob.  The cardinal points are gilded, too.  These types of machined weathervanes were popular in the 1880s and often ordered from catalogs from factories in Waltham, Massachusetts instead of being locally produced by artisans.

To see over 400 Weathervane Wednesday posts, click here:
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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Wilton, New Hampshire Town Hall - Weathervane Wednesday!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted 1 July, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/07/wilton-new-hampshire-town-hall.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Stephen N. Fuller, died 1825 at age 3, Dunbarton, New Hampshire

It's Tombstone Tuesday!  This tombstone was photographed at the Center Cemetery in Dunbarton, New Hampshire.


Stephen N. son of
Jared & Thankfull
Fuller, died Dec. 17
1825, aged 3 years
11 months & 7
days
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Rest sweet babe in gentle slumber,
'Till the resurrection morn! 
Then arise & join the number
Then its triumphs shall adorn.

On page 240 of The History of Dunbarton, by Caleb Stark, 1860, "Jared Fuller, lately deceased, was an ingenious blacksmith, as well as an esteemed townsman.  He resided on the place formerly owned by Samuel Perkins."

Jared Fuller, son of Stephen Fuller and Hannah Felch, was born 28 December 1783 and died 19 May 1854 in Dunbarton.  He married Thankful Story on 21 November 1811 in Dunbarton. She was the daughter of Daniel Story and Ruth Burnham.  Jared Fuller was NOT the descendant of the Mayflower passenger Fuller family, born 1618 in Redenhall, Norfolkshire, England, who died 28 September 1690 in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Thankful Story, baby Stephen's mother, is my distant cousin through the Story, Burnham, and Varney families of Essex County, Massachusetts.

STORY -
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/06/surname-saturday-story-of-chebacco.html

BURNHAM (I have 8 Burnham lineages!) -
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/05/surname-saturday-burnham-of-chebacco.html 

VARNEY-
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2014/06/surname-saturday-varney-of-ipswich.html

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Stephen N. Fuller, died 1825 at age 3, Dunbarton, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 30, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/stephen-n-fuller-died-1825-at-age-3.html: accessed [access date]).

Monday, June 29, 2020

July 2020 Genealogy and Local History Event Calendar




Genealogy Events Calendar

For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:  https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email vrojomit@gmail.com

For virtual events, please see the blog post from 27 June 2020 at this link:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/virtual-genealogy-events-july-2020.html 

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June 28, Sunday, 1 – 4pm, Bicentennial Lecture Series: “Maggie” The Story of an Irish Immigrant, at the Old Fort Western, in the Central Church, in Augusta, Maine. Presented by Carol Jarboe, living historian.

July 2, Thursday, 6pm, Declaring Independence – Then and Now, at the New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 265 Main Street, Townsend, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Townsend Historical Society.  Performance by costumed actors presented in partnership with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area. Followed immediately by a band concert on the town common. Free to the public.

July 3, Friday, noon,  First Friday:  Fish Flake Hill Walking Tour, sponsored by the Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Please register here:  https://www.historicbeverly.net/product/july-programs/ 

July 9 – 30, History Mini-Camps at the Folsom Tavern, sponsored by the American Independent Museum of Exeter, New Hampshire. Children ages 8 – 12 will be immersed in 18th century life.  Enlist for one, two, three or all four sessions! Non-members $55 per day or $195 for all four, includes colonial inspired snacks.  Members are $45 per day or $170 for all four. See this link for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2322696691368925/?event_time_id=2322696698035591  

July 11, Saturday, History Camp Boston, at Suffolk University Law School.  https://historycamp.org/boston  (Rescheduled from March) 

July 13, Saturday, 9:30am – 12:30pm, Old Cemetery Workshop, at the Forest Glade Cemetery, Maple Street, Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Hosted by the New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association and the Trustee for the Cemeteries in Somersworth, New Hampshire.  Hands on workshop on headstone cleaning and straightening.  Contact Maggiein03878@comcast.net 

July 15 – 18, Wednesday to Saturday, Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship, at the American Ancestors Research Center, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Early member registration by April 3, $1,200 or regular member registration after April 3, $1,350. 

July 19, 8am – noon, 36th Annual Codman Estate Antique Auto and Classic Car Show, at the Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Massachusetts.  Call 617-994-5914 for more information on this event.

July 20 – 24, 9 am to 3:30pm, 18th Century Kids Camp, hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County, 339 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire.  Camp is held on the grounds of the historic 1762 Wyman Tavern House Museum 339 Main Street with an outdoor cooking hearth and bake oven.  Some activities will be held in a modern classroom facilty at the Historical Society’s Bruder House (on the Wyman Tavern campus) and at downtown locations such as the Food Co-op and Firebread Dog. Grades 3 – 8, $275 for the week. Tickets by Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-century-kids-camp-tickets-94643365855?aff=efbeventtix&fbclid=IwAR2IMDEBsE8F3KpPsSQEJ9fMif_tDDbvFOHbEhGQvpJLC9Kw0ByOj5OzpsU  

July 21, Tuesday, 6pm, Moved and Seconded: Town Meeting in New Hampshire, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the Salisbury Historical Society.  At the Salisbury Historical Society Baptist Meeting House, 665 Old Turnpike Road, Salisbury, New Hampshire.  Free to the public.  Barbecue at 5pm, with program at 6pm. 

July 21, Tuesday, 7:30pm, The History of Agriculture as Told by Barns, at the Gilmanton Old Town Hall, 1800 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.  Free to the public. Presented by author John C. Porter. 

July 23, Thursday, 5:30pm, Symbols and Meanings of Victorian Funerary Art, hosted by the Mount Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mount Auburn Street, Watertown, Massachusetts.  Tour will be led by Meg L. Winslow, curator of Historical Collections.  See this link for registration information, lived to 36 participants for social distancing. https://www.facebook.com/events/296099834702640/ 

July 28, Tuesday, 7pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at Alumni Hall, 75 Court Street, Haverhill, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the Haverhill Historical Society. Free to the public.

July 30, Thursday, 4pm, Votes for Women: A History of the Suffrage Movement, at the Pavilion at the Fells, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, New Hampshire. Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and hosted by the John Hay Estate at the Fells. Free to the public.

Future Events:

August 1 to 9, Salem Heritage Days, Salem, Massachusetts.  An open air festival with 40 different events celebrating Salem History for thirteen days.  http://salemmainstreets.org/tag/salem-heritage-days/ 

August 1, Saturday, 10am – 2pm, Wampanoag Ancestors Walk, at the Plymouth Waterfront, Water Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  This event will be led by the Wampanoag tribes of Massachusetts.  Participants will pay homage to the original 69 villages of the Wampanoag nation, Massasoit and King Phillip.  Drum ceremony and reception. Hosted by Plymouth 400 https://www.plymouth400inc.org/  

August 5, Wednesday, 7pm New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Center at Eastman (Droper Room), 6 Clubhouse Lane, Grantham, New Hampshire.  Sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Center at Eastman Community Association.  Free to the public.

September 25 - 27, Friday to Sunday, The Old Planters Reunion, hosted by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  Programs include a tour of First Parish Church by historian Charles Wainwright.  The Balch and Woodbury Family Meetings will be held on Saturday. A tour of the North Beverly cemetery, where many Old Planter ancestors are buried.  Contact Historic Beverly to be added to the mailing list  info@historicbeverly.net or 978-922-1186  

September 26, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Number 4: Revolutionary War Weekend, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  Free with Admission, http://www.fortat4.org/index.php  

October 25, Sunday – October 27, Tuesday, Symposium: Conserving Our Painted Past, hosted by the Doubletree by Hilton, South Portland, Maine.  For more information email info@pwpcenter.org or visit www.pwpcenter.org/symposium  

October 29 – November 1, Indigenous History Conference and Powwow, at Bridgewater State University, 131 Summer Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts. This four day conference will address the legacy of colonization experienced by the Wampanoag and other native people in New England. Hosted by Plymouth 400.  https://www.plymouth400inc.org/  

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom.  See this link for more information:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/  

April 14, 2021 – April 17, 2021, NERGC 2021 (The New England Regional Genealogical Conference), at the Mass Mutual Center, 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Massachusetts. http://nergc.org/ 


June 12, Saturday, 2021, 9am – 10am, Moultonborough Open Barns  

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Virtual Genealogy and Local History Events July 2020



Stay connected and stay safe at home!   Scheduled events are listed first, and ongoing programs online are listed below (just scroll down).  Some events are free, and some online classes have fees.  Most are open to the public. 

For last minute additions, please email me at vrojomit@gmail.com and I can edit this post, and also check the Nutfield Genealogy Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nutfield.gen/  

To see the regular July Event Calendar (non-virtual events) please see this link:
     https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/july-2020-genealogy-and-local-history.html  

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June 30, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Jewish Life in Rural New England:  How did the Jews get to Mars Hill, Maine and other stories from the field, presented by Michael Hoberman, sponsored by the Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public.  Register here:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/413591601015420172?source=website 

June 30, Tuesday, 6pm, Curator’s Choice: (Anti)SUFFRAGE, hosted by the Boston Athenaeum. This is a virtual event.  Please register at this link:  https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register  Presented by Theo Tyson.  Free to the public.

July 1, Wednesday, 5:30pm, The Cabinet: George Washington & the Creation of an American Institution, presented by author Kindsay M. Chervinsky. Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society.  Register here for free:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3153 

July 1, Wednesday, 7pm, Paul Revere: Man and Myth Virtual Forum, hosted by the Concord (Massachusetts) Museum.  Presented by Nina Zannieri, Executive Director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association and Robert Shimp, Research and Adult Program Director for the Paul Revere Memorial Association. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 per person    https://concordmuseum.org/events/paul-revere-man-and-myth-virtual-forum/

July 1, Wednesday, 7pm, Nathaniel Hawthorne: The Haunted Mind, hosted by the Haverhill Public Library (Massachusetts) and The American Literary Blog.  Presented by Rob Velella who will read some of Hawthorne's short works which explore the dark side of human nature.  Please visit https://www.haverhillpl.org/  and go to "Calendar of Events" to register. They will send a link to you via email.

July 2, Thursday, 4pm, Sleuthing Hawthorne, hosted by the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem, Massachusetts. Presented by Richard Kopley, professor of English Emeritus at Penn State. Free to the public. A GoToWebinar link will be sent with your confirmation email. See this page for more information and tickets:  https://www.facebook.com/events/256848912263107/  

July 2, Thursday, 6:30pm, Reading Frederick Douglass Together, hosted by the Somerville Museum and the Somerville Media Center – SMC.  Due to the positive response to this event there is an Eventbrite link for people to RSVP. Use this link to reserve a spot.  Free to the public. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-frederick-douglass-together-tickets-110291155816?fbclid=IwAR0WI_lLBqDdhHGEAIidpkkPOCvtCjHx_DM4nlOK_AECCFKFBx94QbKJkvM Donations are welcome at (https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/somerville-museum-covid-19-emergency-fund  

July 3, Friday, 7pm  The Scarlet Letter [Abridged] - Read by the Author, hosted by the American Literary Blog, the House of Seven Gables, and Barrow Bookstore.  Hawthorne will be portrayed by literary historian Rob Velella, who has performed as the author since 2010.  Free.  Please respond that you are "going" to this event on the Facebook page. Instructions to participate will be shared later.  https://www.facebook.com/events/262940498105579/   

Starts July 6, Monday, Research: US Colonial New England Ancestors, hosted by the National Institute for Genealogical Studies.  Fee $89 for 9 weeks.  See this link for more information and registration:   https://genealogicalstudies.com/eng/courses.asp?courseID=503

July 7, Tuesday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Women in 19th Century American Bookbinderies, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Todd Pattison and Dr. Elizabeth DeWolfe.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here:   https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5767645880989726734?source=website 


July 8 to September 30, with a live Q&A on July 18,  Online Conference:  La Mia Famiglia: Researching Italian Ancestors, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by genealogist Rhonda R. McClure.  Cost $125.  Register by July 18 at this link: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3471486270285685249 

July 8, Wednesday, 2:30pm, The History of Lake Massabesic, Manchester's Water Source, hosted by the Manchester City Library (New Hampshire) and the City of Manchester, NH Water Works.  Presented by John O'Neil of the Manchester Water Works.  Free to the public. See this link for more information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/284161486104325/   

July 8, Wednesday, 7pm, Women Supporting the American Military, Part 1, a virtual program by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 per person.  Please register here:   https://www.historicbeverly.net/event/women-supporting-the-american-military-part-1/ 

July 9, Thursday, 4pm, “What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org” online webinar sponsored by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator. Free to the public.  Register by July 9  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5530278906417808140?source=website 

July 9, Thursday, 3pm, What’s New at AmericanAncestors.org?  Presented by Molly Rogers, Database Coordinator of the New England Historic Genealogical Society.  Free to the public. Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5530278906417808140?source=website 

July 9, Thursday, 6pm, Hamilton:  How the Musical Remixes American History, hosted by the Boston Athenaeum.  Virtual event. Register at https://bbd.bostonathenaeum.org/register   Presented by Dr. Richard Bell of the University of Maryland.  Free to the public.

July 9, Thursday, 6pm, Virtual Online Program:  Wit and Wisdom: Humor in 19th Century New England, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library.  Free to the public. Join the Zoom meeting at this link:  https://zoom.us/j/94395594472  

July 9, Thursday, 6pm,  A Final Image:  The Thomas Sully Portrait of Thomas Jefferson, hosted by American Philosophical Society. Free to the public. Presented by Gaye S. Wilson, senior fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies. https://www.amphilsoc.org/events/final-image-thomas-sully-portrait-thomas-jefferson 

July 10, Friday, Special Webinar:  The Adam Family: The Scottish Architects Who Changed the World, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCammilo, FRSA, curator of special collections.  Free to the public.  Please pre-register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/497538214993474063?source=website 

July 10, Friday, 1:30pm, Genealogy Club:  Research in Nova Scotia and Cape Breton, hosted by the Rodgers Memorial Library (Hudson, New Hampshire) Genealogy Club.  This online presentation is hosted by Kathleen Kaldis.  A link to the GoToMeeting will be emailed upon registration.  Register here:  https://events.rodgerslibrary.org/event/6842236    

July 10, Friday, 5pm, Race, Disease, and Death in 1793 and 2019: A Shocking Parallel, online via Zoom hosted by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and presented by Dr. Kabria Baumgarner.  Register here:  https://www.nhhumanities.org/events/race-disease-and-death-1793-and-2019-shocking-parallel 

July 14, Tuesday, 10am – noon, The ABCs of Family Research and Genealogy, hosted by the Springfield Museums (Massachusetts), and presented by genealogist Dave Robison.  $100 for non-members, $85 for members.  Register here:  https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/abcs-family-research-genealogy-7/  

July 14, Tuesday, 11am, People of the Dawn brings Wampanoag Culture to Life, hosted by the Alden House Historic Site of Duxbury, Massachusetts. Explore the daily life of the Wampanoag in the 17th century. This family oriented program will be led by Tim Turner, an indigenous museum educator from Plimoth Plantation.  Zoom registration link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qMu3G9o6QYy-WCIZmIhOyg?fbclid=IwAR1JWFmaTdszf9gyrqBd6dd8VhlwpcJBntYIMQdPQpqrd85oC7bkDrt1-lI   

July 14, Tuesday, noon, Community Heritage and Preservation Celebration and Promotion Ideas, sponsored by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  This is a virtual round table discussion.  Email jg@nhpreservation.org with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

July 14, Tuesday, 5:30pm, Maintaining Your Old House, via GoToMeeting sponsored by Historic New England.  Sliding scale tickets are available at this link:  https://my.historicnewengland.org/6841/10378 or call 617-994-6678 for more information.

July 15 – 17, 10am to 4pm, Research Program: Virtual Summer Institute for Advanced Researchers: Contributing to Mayflower Scholarship, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by Lindsay Fulton, director of research services and Christopher Child, senior genealogist of the Newbury Street Press.  $375 per person.   Please register here by July 10:  https://my.americanancestors.org/1229/1556  

July 15, Wednesday, 11am, Tracing Your Irish Ancestors, sponsored by the Springfield Museums (Massachusetts) and presented by genealogist Sara Campbell.  $45 for non-members, $38 for members.  Register here: https://springfieldmuseums.org/program/tracing-irish-ancestors/ 

July 15, Wednesday, 5:30pm, These Fevered Days: Ten Pivotal Moments in the Making of Emily Dickinson.  Hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, and presented by Martha Ackmann.  Registrants will receive an email with links to join the program.  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3283  

July 16, Thursday, 6pm, Online Genealogy Workshop: Let’s Get Started! Genealogy for Beginners, sponsored by the Portsmouth, NH Public Library and members of the Ranger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).  Presented by Amanda Perrine. Free to the public, registration required.  Please contact Nicole Cloutier 603-766-1725 or nlcloutier@cityofportsmouth.com 

July 16, Thursday, 6pm, New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council, and hosted by the Mary E. Bartlett Memorial Library of Brentwood, NH.  Free to the public.  Join the Zoom Meeting at https://zoom.us/j/95909606487


July 20, Monday, 5:30pm, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy, presented by author and former Boston Globe reporter Larry Tye.  Register here for free:  https://www.masshist.org/calendar/event?event=3279  

July 21, Tuesday,  7pm, Online Local History: Forgotten Folklore on the Seacoast, sponsored by the Portsmouth, NH public library, and presented by Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public via ZOOM.  Password: 3GWdHc  Contact Cthryn Czajkowski 603-766-1723 or cfczajkowski@cityofportsmouth.com 

July 23, Thursday, 3pm, Webinar:  Searching the Register on AmericanAncestors.org, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society and presented by Don LeClair and Rachel Adams.  Free to the public.  Please register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6094608753584306443?source=website  

July 23, Thursday, 6pm, American Inspiration Author Event:  Larry Tye with Demagogue:  The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.  Presented in partnership with the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  See here for registration information:  https://www.americanancestors.org/education/online-classes 

July 23, Thursday, 8pm, Ghosts and Legends: Campfire Stories with Jeff Belanger, hosted by the Manchester, New Hampshire City Library and Jeff Belanger.  Free to the public. Suitable for teens and adults.  Register here:  Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/99897237708?pwd=Wk85ekRuUjJhM3E4cXJqUitIRVpGUT09 
Meeting ID: 998-9723-7708
Password: 384189
Call-In: +1 (929) 436-2866
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July 28, Tuesday, 7pm, July Monthly Meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society- Virtual: Thomas MacEntee.  Free to the public.  Online at this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/931458690702961/     

July 29, Wednesday, 7pm, Women Supporting the Military, Part 2, sponsored by Historic Beverly of Beverly, Massachusetts.  $10 a person.  Please register here:  https://www.historicbeverly.net/event/women-supporting-the-military-part-2/ 

July 31 – August 31, The Virtual Celtic Connections Conference, sponsored by TIARA (The Irish American Research Association).   All 25 pre-recorded presentations will be available from July 31 to August 31.  Live chats with the presenters. Safe, convenient, and less expensive.  Renowned genealogists on a variety of topics. See the website http://celtic-connections.org/ccc_program.html 

July 31 - August 1st,  2020 Alden Kindred Annual Reunion - Going Virtual. Hosted by the Alden House Historic Site, 105 Alden Street, Duxbury, Massachusetts. The Alden 2020 History Symposium at 11am on Friday July 31st is open free to the public via Zoom, presented by Alden historian Tom McCarthy, genealogists Alicia Crane Williams, Christopher Lee, and the Alden archaeology curator Stephen O'Neill.   See this link for more information and registration information:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2534909546726060/   

August 1, Saturday, from 9am to 9pm EDT, America’s Summer Roadtrip.  Visit 12 historic sites in 12 hours, featuring one livestreamed tour every hour from 9am to 9pm Eastern.  Sign up for updates, including the names of the 12 sites as they are released at https://www.americassummerroadtrip.org/   
August 6, Thursday, 7pm, Tales of the Wicked and Weird in New England, hosted by New England Curiosities and the Tewksbury Public Library. Join author and storyteller Roxie Zwicker.  Free to the public. An email link and password will be sent to all registered participants. Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/263164158126566/ 


August 14, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar:  Speed, Style & the English Country House:  Auto, Horse, and Airplane Racing at England’s Historic Houses, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections.  Free to the public.  Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5214026383245611279?source=website 

August 20, Thursday, American Inspiration Author Event:  Susan Eisenhower with “How Ike Led: The Principles Behind Eisenhower’s Biggest Decision”, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society in partnership with the Boston Public Library.  Free to the public.  See this page for registration information:   https://www.americanancestors.org/education/online-classes 

September 8, On-line Certificate in Genealogical Research, from Boston University.  This 15 week online course is for experienced researchers.  See this link for more information:  https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/certificate  or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 

September 8, Genealogical Principals Class, from Boston University.  This 7 week introductory class is geared towards serious students new to the field.  Students will solve identity problems, design a research plan, evaluate a report to meet proof standards, and work with genealogical DNA tests.  See this link for more information:  https://genealogyonline.bu.edu/principles or contact an enrollment advisor at 617-502-8822. 
September 11, Friday, 4pm, Special Webinar: All Roads Lead to London:  Supreme 19th Century World City, hosted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, and presented by Curt DiCamillo, FRSA, curator of special collections. Free to the public.  Register before September 11 here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6504822247929113103?source=website 

September 22, Tuesday, noon, Fundraising and Communication for Preservation Projects in Challenging Times, hosted by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.  This is a virtual round table discussion.  Email jg@nhpreservation.org with “July 14” in the subject line. Participants will be sent sign-in information for video or phone access. 

October 31, Saturday, Annual History Seminar of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists will be presented this year via Zoom.  See this link for more information:   https://ctfamilyhistory.com/event/annual-history-seminar-save-the-date/  

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Ongoing programs online:

Ancestry Academy, from Ancestry.com, provides dozens of FREE classes online.  See this link:  https://www.ancestry.com/academy/courses/recommended  
APGen, The Association of Professional Genealogists has several online events coming soon, see the list at this link:  https://www.apgen.org/event_list?current_page=1&sort_type=upcoming&filter%5Bperiod%5D=all&display_type=default

Brigham Young University Independent Study, a variety of courses on family history topics completely free and available online.  See this link:  https://is.byu.edu/catalog/free-courses 

Cape Ann Museum of Gloucester, Massachusetts has 71 videos on the history of Cape Ann.  Don’t miss this great collection of tours and lectures:   https://vimeo.com/capeannmuseum 

Family History Library Classes and Webinars, from the LDS church, are listed at this link: https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Family_History_Library_Classes_and_Webinars   and also see this page for dozens of classes online:  https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Classes_in_the_Learning_Center
Wednesdays 4pm (MST) on Facebook Live at Family Search   See this link  https://www.facebook.com/familysearch/   Free online genealogy presentations.

FamilyTree Webinars are free to the public and sponsored by FamilyTree Legacy:  see this link: https://familytreewebinars.com/#   and a list of their top 10 most popular webinars of all time here:  https://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2020/01/top-10-genealogy-webinars-of-all-time.html 

GeneaWebinars, a blog with the latest news on what’s available to view online:  http://blog.geneawebinars.com/  and also, their schedule of FREE family history webinars PDF can be found here:  https://familytreewebinars.com/pdfs/ftwbrochure-1577464068.pdf 


Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburg will be virtual this summer. See the website for classes offered June 21 – 26, July 6 -10, and July 19 -24. Some classes are postposed to the summer of 2021.  https://www.gripitt.org/   

The History List has compiled a list of “Learning at Home” at this link:   https://www.thehistorylist.com/resources-for-learning-history-at-home  

Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research 2020 will be held virtually this year 26 – 31 July 2020.  https://ighr.gagensociety.org/   Registration ends 11:55 EDT on Monday 6 July 2020. 

Lexington Historical Society – A page full of virtual tours   https://www.lexingtonhistory.org/virtualtours.html  

Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts has a page of online videos and resources for students and visitors.  See this link:  https://www.nps.gov/lowe/index.htm 

Manchester Millyard Museum:  A collection of local history videos about Manchester, New Hampshire, please see this link:  https://vimeopro.com/mpts16/john-clayton-presents-manchester-moments

Old Sturbridge Village Museum has “Virtual Village” where the staff will bring the museum into your home with fun facts, activities, recipes, and videos.  You can see it on Facebook, Instagram and at this link:  https://www.osv.org/virtual-village/


Plimoth Plantation has several online workshops and discussions good for all ages
                People of the Dawn – Wampanoag culture and traditions $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-people-of-the-dawn-tickets-100175628000
                Fact or Fiction? Investigating the First Thanksgiving, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-fact-or-fiction-investigating-the-first-thanksgiving-tickets-100177236812
                Colonial First Families: Their New Worlds and Everyday Lives, $10   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-colonial-first-families-new-worlds-and-everyday-lives-tickets-100019129910
                Dressing History – a sneak peek into 17th century wardrobes, $10 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/history-home-dressing-history-tickets-101055676248 

Virtual Genealogical Association - https://virtualgenealogy.org/, has a complete list of 2020 live presentations.  Recordings are available to members for six months after the live presentation, dues are only $20 per year. 

And, as always, check Cyndi’s List for a complete list of online classes and webinars:  https://www.cyndislist.com/education/online-courses-and-webinars/  

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil Defense During World War II?


Two weeks ago I posted about this wooden crate from my parents' house that was full of World War II ephemera.  The last blog post was about the ration tickets I found inside the box, and this week I've photographed the items related to civil defense. Both of my grandfathers, Donald Munroe Wilkinson ( 1895 - 1977) and Stanley Elmer Allen (1904 - 1982) were both too old to serve or be drafted into the military during World War II.  However both volunteered in the civil defense.

Many civilians served in voluntary positions during the war for air raid drills and coastline drills.  They also learned to fight fires, provide first aid, assist the coast guard, and also to lead recycling, rationing and Liberty bond drives. There were women's auxiliary units, too, for first aid, rolling bandages, and other projects.  Even children played with games that taught them to identify aircraft and other civilian saboteur surveillance. 


I found this certificate in the box, recognizing my maternal grandfather's service in the auxiliary police for the town of Hamilton, Massachusetts.  During World War II many police officers were drafted, leaving towns without their usual police force.  Citizen volunteers were trained to assist the regular police.

My paternal grandfather served as an air ward warden in Beverly, Massachusetts (a contiguous town).  The air raid wardens would patrol their neighborhoods to make sure that homes were darkened with blackout curtains.  Beverly is a coastal town, and blackouts were important along both coasts of the United States.











For the truly curious:

World War II ration tickets blog post:
https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/world-war-ii-ration-tickets-and-tokens.html 

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Did Your Ancestor Serve in the Civil Defense During World War II?", Nutfield Genealogy, posted June 25, 2020, ( https://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2020/06/did-your-ancestor-serve-in-civil.html: accessed [access date]).