Friday, April 28, 2017
April 29, Saturday 4pm, Revolutionary History at the Central Cemetery, at the Beverly Historical Society, 117 Cabot Street, Beverly, Massachusetts. $5 nonmembers, free to members. Join Terri and Ed McFadden on a walk through Central Cemetery.
April 30, Sunday, 9:30am – 4:30pm, Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls: Strategies for Success, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Cost $125 breakfast and lunch included. Register here: https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/breaking-down-genealogical-brick-walls-strategies-for-success?pass-through=true
May 1, Monday, 2pm to 8pm, George Findlen Genealogy Workshop, at the University of Maine Franco-American Center, 110 Crossland Hall, Orono, Maine. A FREE workshop. Schedule: 2-3pm Using Standard Histories to Find Elusive Relatives, 3:15 – 4:15 How to Tell if Your French Canadian Ancestors Include Acadians, 5 – 7pm Finding What Can’t be Found: A Case Study in Whole Family Research. 7:15 – 8:15 using the 1917 Code of Canon Law to Understand Odd Entries in Catholic Parish Registers. For more information see the website www.pengen.org
May 3, Wednesday, 7pm, Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers, at the Veteran’s Hall, 105 Old Homestead Highway, Richmond, New Hampshire. Presented by Steve Taylor. Free to the public. Sponsored by the Richmond Public Library and the NH Humanities Council.
May 2, 9, 16 and 23, Tuesdays, 9:30 am – 11am, Basic Hands on Genealogy Class, sponsored by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts at the Polish Center of Discover and Learning, 119 School Street, Cheshire, Massachusetts. Presented by Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist. All students must be computer literate. Limited space, please sign up for sessions. Please attend all four classes. Bring your own laptop. To register, go to www.PGSMA.org
May 4, Thursday, noon, Lunch and Learn: The Tale of Two Colonies: Plimoth and the Massachusetts Bay in the Seventeenth Century, at Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Massachusetts. Presented by Stephen Kenney, director of the Commonwealth Museum. Bring a bag lunch! Free for members, $8 for not yet members. Click here for tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lunch-learn-a-tale-of-two-colonies-plimoth-and-massachusetts-bay-in-the-seventeenth-century-speaker-tickets-30587128926
May 5, Friday, 1pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Earl M. Bourdon Centre, 67 Maple Avenue, Claremont, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Steve Wood. Hosted by the Congress of Claremont Senior Citizens and sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. Free to the public.
Repeated at 7pm at the Goodwin Public Library, 422 Main Street, Farmington, New Hampshire. Hosted by the Farmington Historical Society. Free to the public.
May 5, Friday, 7pm, New Hampshire on High: Historic and Unusual Weathervanes of the Granite State, at the Weare Town Hall, 16 North Stark Highway, Weare, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock. Hosted by the Weare Historical Society. Sponsored by the NH Humanities Council. Free to the public.
May 6, Saturday, Opening Day Festivities and the Heifer Parade, at the Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury, New Hampshire. 10am – 2pm for the Heifer Parade activities (Maypole dancing, food, barn dancing, make a head wreath, etc.). The Parade is approximately 11am. Open until 5pm for Opening Day, self guided exhibits only. Free admission today only.
May 6, Saturday, 10am – 4pm, Opening Day of the American Independence Museum, at the Gilman Ladd House, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire. It’s also Kid’s Day in Exeter, so bring the whole family. https://independencemuseum.org/ Free to New Hampshire residents.
May 6, Saturday, 1 – 2:30 pm, Discover Mount Auburn Cemetery, at 580 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This 1.5 mile walking tour will focus on the history, monuments and lives of those buried here. Click here to purchase tickets https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discover-mount-auburn-tickets-32557072079#tickets
May 6, Saturday, 2 – 3pm, Jane’s Walk West End Walking Tour, starts at the West End Museum, entrance on Lomasney Way, Boston, Massachusetts. FREE, preregistration required. http://thewestendmuseum.org/events/janes-walk-west-end-tour-3/ This tour will focus on what happened to the West End under urban renewal, led by historian and West End resident Duane Lucia.
May 7, Sunday, 1 – 4pm, A View of 19th Century Life in Windham, New Hampshire Through the Lives of the Harris Family, an exhibit at the Windham Museum, 3 North Lowell Road, Windham, New Hampshire. A display of the artifacts recently donated to the Windham Historical Society by a descendant of Reverend Samuel Harris (1774 – 1848) of Windham.
May 9, Tuesday, 7pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Grantham Town Hall, 300 Route 10 South, Grantham, New Hampshire. Presented by Pam Weeks. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dunbar Free Library. Free to the public.
May 10, Wednesday, 6pm, Oral Interviews: Connect with the Living Past, at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by genealogist Lori Lynn Price. Free to the public. Pointers on capturing genealogical information through successful oral interviews.
May 11, Thursday, 7pm, Jewish Genealogy, at the Canton Public Library, Community Room, 786 Washington Street, Canton, Massachusetts. Presented by Carol Clingan. How to use databases, library catalogs, and online networking websites to find your Jewish ancestors. Free to the public.
May 11, Thursday, 1pm, A Visit with Abraham Lincoln, at the Rye Congregational Church, 580 Washington Road, Rye, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Steve Wood. Hosted by the Town of Rye Recreation Department. Free to the public.
May 11, Thursday, 6:30pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Kimball Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, New Hampshire. Presented by historian Jeremy D’Entremont. Hosted by the Atkinson Historical Society. Free to the public.
May 11, Thursday, 7pm, Troubled Refuge: Struggling for Freedom in the Civil War, at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, National Park Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Massachusetts. Doors open at 6:30pm. Free to the public. Call for more information 978-740-1650. Presented by award winning author/historian Chandra Manning.
May 10 – 13, National Genealogical Society 2017 Family History Conference, “Family History Lives Here”, Raleigh, North Carolina. Registration brochure at this link: http://2b2b1u1oad04904yo1jc1ri1.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/NGS-2017-Conference-Registration-Brochure.pdf
May 18, Thursday, 6pm, The Rich Resources of Western Massachusetts and It’s Not All on the Internet: Using Alternative Resources, sponsored by the Berkshire Family History Association, at the Country Club of Pittsfield, 639 South Street (Rte 7 and 20), Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Presented by Dave Robison, professional genealogist and owner of Old Bones Genealogy of New England. Light refreshments. A free raffle will be held. $10 fee. Pre-registration required call 413-445-5521 or email email@example.com Join BFHA for $12/year and receive free admission.
May 18, Thursday, 7pm, Tavern Talk: Crucible of Peace: The Treaty That Created the American Republic, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire . Free to the public, presented by Eliga Gould https://independencemuseum.org/lunch-learn-and-evening-lecture-series/
May 18, Thursday, 5 – 8pm, 25th Annual Historic Preservation Award Ceremony, at the historic Masonic Temple, 1505 Elm Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres and awards ceremony. $90 MHA members, $100 general public. $800 for a group of ten tickets.
May 20, Saturday, Italian Family History Day, at the Dante Alighieri Society of Massachusetts, 41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, presented by Mary Tedesco as the keynote speaker, four lectures by NEHGS staff, lunch provided by Spinelli’s of East Boston, door prizes, and one-on-one genealogical consultations for an additional $25. Please register online $125 per person at this link: https://shop.americanancestors.org/products/italian-family-history-day?pass-through=true
May 20, Saturday, Living History Weekend with the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment at The Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. www.fortat4.org
May 20, Saturday, 10am – noon, A Walking Tour of the “New York Streets” of Boston’s South End, starts in front of JJ Foley’s on East Berkeley Street, Boston, Massachusetts. $7members of the West End Museum, $15 non-members, pre-registration required http://thewestendmuseum.org/events/a-walking-tour-of-the-new-york-streets-2/ Led by historian Duane Lucia and South End resident Gloria Ganno.
May 23, Tuesday, 7pm, Vanished Veterans: New Hampshire’s Remarkable Civil War Monuments, at 270 Stark Highway, Dunbarton, New Hampshire. Free to the public, sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
May 23, Tuesday, 7pm, American Passage: The History of Ellis Island, at the Canton Public Library Community Room, 786 Washington Street, Canton, Massachusetts. Presented by author Vincent Cannuto, history teacher at UMass Boston. Free to the public.
May 23, Tuesday, 7pm, Immigration and Naturalization, at the monthly meeting of the Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society, at the American Legion Post #129, 22 Elm Street, Gardner, Massachusetts. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 24, Wednesday, 6pm, Using Historical Urban Atlases for Family History Research, at the Boston Public Library, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Evan Thornberry, the cartographic reference librarian at the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Free to the public.
May 30, Tuesday, noon, Lunch and Learn: What’s Up with Reenacting?, at the American Independence Museum, Folsom Tavern, 164 Water Street, Exeter, New Hampshire . Free to the public. Presented by Mike Welch. Bring your lunch to enjoy during the lecture.
June 12, Monday, 8:30 – 5:15, The 2017 Mass History Conference, at the Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts. Discover opportunities for networking and collaborating with other small historical organizations. Keynote address by Liz Sevcenko, director of the Humanities Action Lab. 14 sessions and 4 workshops on a range of topice. Hosted by the Mass History Alliance. Register online here: http://masshumanities.org/programs/mass-history/history-conference-upcoming/
June 16 – 18, 2017 Ontario Genealogical Society Conference. Three days of inspiring lectures, workshops, displays and other exciting events. Register for the conference at this link: https://conference2017.ogs.ca/registration/registration-intro-2/
June 17 – June 22, Sail Boston 2017, hosted by the US Coast Guard Northeast, Boston, Massachusetts. This will be the largest fleet of tall ships in Boston since the year 2000. http://www.sailboston.com/
June 22-24, Wednesday, 26th Annual World History Association Conference, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, Massachusetts. http://www.thewha.org/2017-boston-conference/
September 30, Saturday, American Canadian Genealogy Society Fall Conference, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "May 2017 Genealogy and Local History Calendar of Events", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 28, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/may-2017-genealogy-and-local-history.html: accessed [access date]).
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Today's weather vane is from somewhere in New Hampshire.
Do you know the location of weather vane #308? Scroll down to see the answer...
Today's weathervane is located on the tower of the town clock in Hampton, New Hampshire!
Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above the Town Clock", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 26, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/weathervane-wednesday-above-town-clock.html: accessed [access date]).
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
|Gertrude's brother, Arthur Russell Hitchings ( 1897 - 1967),|
married Ethel Elizabeth Coleman in 1920. He served
in Germany during World War 1, just a few
years before these diary entries were written.
This is the 20th installment of my grandmother's diary from 1920. Her name was Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (1905 - 2001) and she lived on Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts. I'm transcribing small sections of this tiny 3" diary, with its minuscule handwriting, and posting it at my blog every Monday. You can read the first installment of the diary HERE.
NOTE: Gertrude went riding (bikes? trolleys?) with her friend Rozella. She visited her married sister Helen. On Saturday she went shopping with her sister Eunice and friend Ida. Who is Frank (and she underlined this name)? A new boyfriend?
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother's Diary ~ Part 20, August 31 - September 11, 1920", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 24, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/my-grandmothers-diary-august-31.html: accessed [access date]).
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Generation 9: Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)
Friday, April 21, 2017
Josefa Rivero was born 23 October 1884 in the little village of Villar de Ciervo in Salamanca, Spain. This village is directly on the border of Portugal - there is only a tiny stream of water dividing the two countries in this village. She was the daughter of Manuel Rivero and Orofilia Gonzalez. Her father was a "molinero" or miller. They had four children: Nicolas (b. 1877), Jerman (b. 1879), Juan Mamon (b. 1880) and Josefa was the youngest.
She married Manuel Martin on 23 January 1904 in Villar de Ciervo. He was the son of Mateo Martin and Manuela Ventura, born about 1880 in Barcelona, Spain. He was a cattle and sheep trader, and bred "toros bravos" or sporting bulls for bullfighting. He had a farm in Villar de Ciervo and grew grapes for wine. They had four children Maria Joaquina (b. 1904), Nicolas Martin, Luisa Antonia (b. 1906), and Maria Consuelo (b. 1908) who was the youngest and Vincent's grandmother.
Josefa died on 17 November 1937 in Villar de Ciervo. Manuel survived his wife by many years and died on 10 September 1971 in Villar de Ciervo.
This is the only photo I have seen of Josefa. Below is a painting we own of the Martin house in the village of Villar de Ciervo. It was painted from the rear of the house, not the street view. About 20 years ago we visited this home, and bought the painting from the village pharmacist. It hangs in my office, right behind my desk as I type up this blog post on my computer.
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Josefa Rivero 1884 - 1937 Villar de Ciervo, Salamanca, Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 21, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/josefa-rivero-1884-1937-villar-de.html: accessed [access date]).
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Today's weather vane was photographed in New Hampshire by a reader.
Do you know the location of weathervane post #307? Scroll down to find the answer.
Yes, Tamworth is celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2016. It was granted in 1766 by Royal Governor Benning Wentworth in honor of the Viscount Tamworth of England. This is the town where the Chinook sled dog breed was created, and they are now the New Hampshire state dogs. These dogs were used by Admiral Byrd on his Antarctic explorations. Tamworth is also the home of the summer theater Barnstormers, and the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm.
Lake Wicwas Nature Journal blog http://wicwaslake.blogspot.com/
Click here to see the entire Weathervane Wednesday series of posts!
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Above a New England Town Hall", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 19, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/weathervane-wednesday-above-new-england.html: accessed [access date]).
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Who departed for heaven
Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Rev. Simon Williams, died 1793 Windham, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted April 18, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/04/tombstone-tuesday-rev-simon-williams.html: accessed [access date]).
Monday, April 17, 2017
|My grandmother, Gertrude (left) and her friend Bea (right) at Mrs. Wilkins.|
Was this photo taken in Haverhill, Massachusetts?
On the 15th Mrs and Mr. Wilkins came down (along with Gertrude's brother, Russell, and his wife, Ethel). In the next few diary entries it appears that the Wilkins lived in Haverhill, at least they lived there in the summer.
In researching this bit about Bea moving to Haverhill, I was delighted to find her birth record (born 1 September 1906 in Hamilton, Massachusetts), but saddened to learn that she died in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. She died very young, just a few years after this diary was written, and she wasn't even 20 years old.
Gertrude also mentions playing tennis at "the castle". This refers to Winnekenni Castle in Haverhill. It was built in 1875 as a summer estate, and donated to the city of Haverhill as a park in 1895. It is still a park, and the castle is used for weddings, theater, craft fairs and other community events. You can read more about Winnekenni castle at this link: http://www.winnekenni.com/
Saturday, April 15, 2017
|The John Becket House, 1655, at the House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts|
is labeled the "Retire Becket House" by the front door.
|There is a reconstruction of the main cabin of Cleopatra's Barge|
inside the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts
William Becket, my 8th great grandfather, was also a shipwright, as well as his son, John Becket (1684 – 1763). This lineage lived in Salem from John Becket the immigrant in the 1650s until my grandmother’s time. If you look down below to generation 8 you will see my great great grandfather, Abijah F. Hitchings, who was the deputy customs collector at the Salem Custom House, also on the waterfront. He lived in a house that stood on the land that is now the parking lot for visitors to the House of Seven Gables. This family has always lived in this neighborhood of Salem.