Friday, May 31, 2019

Photo Friday - 1938 Photo of "Tia Chon"

"A mis queridos hermanos,
y sobrinos en 
de cariño
     Puerto S[eguro]"

[English translation]
"To my dear siblings
and nephews in
with love
     Puerto S[eguro]"

I have posted several blog stories about "Tia Chon", Vincent's great aunt María Ascención García. She was the sister of his maternal grandfather, José García.  She was born 31 May 1913 in La Bouza, Salamanca, Spain and died 3 December 1994 in Madrid.  Tia Chon never married, and she spent many years as Vincent's nanny when he was growing up in New York City.

In this glamorous photo of Tia Chon she was about 25 years old.  Her parents, Sebastián García (6 May 1878 - 22 June 1962) and Maria Ribero (4 June 1873 - 21 January 1944), were from the small village of Puerto Seguro in Salamanca, near La Bouza, where Chon was born.

This photo was found among the family photos in my mother-in-law's cousin's house.  When we visited Spain last month he generously shared all the photos with us. We photographed some (lacking a scanner in Spain) and took some to scan at home.  The photos range from the late 1800s to modern times. 

Vincent and "Tia Chon" in New York City 1964

Other blog posts with photos of Tia Chon:


and also:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Photo Friday - 1938 Photo of "Tia Chon" ", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 31, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Thursday, May 30, 2019

World War I Honor Roll Yamouthport, Massachusetts

This photograph and transcription was sent to me by Terry Eldridge-Murry to post online for The Honor Roll Project.  This project makes the veterans' names available to search engines online for researchers and family members. To learn more see this link to The Honor Roll Project:    

According to Terry "The Yarmouth World War I Memorial is located on the Town Green at Route 6A and Strawberry Lane, Yarmouthport, MA.  A Grecian woman long gown and sandals. She is standing with her arms extended and holding a laurel wreath in each hand. The plaque was sculpted by John Francis Paramino and dedicated on September 4, 1926. Beneath each wreath is a list of names of Yarmouth citizens who served during World War I.  The plaque contains the following dedication:

1917 1918
[The left side of the plaque is inscribed with the following names:]
[The right side of the plaque is inscribed with the following names:]

June 2019 Genealogy and Local History Calendar

For last minute updates, see the “Nutfield Genealogy” Facebook page at this link:    Please send new events to me by commenting here at the end of this post, or email


May 30, Thursday, 7pm, Women of Natick and Ponkapoag: The Untold History of the Praying Towns, at the Morse Institute Library, Lebowitz Meeting Hall, 14 East Central Street, Natick, Massachusetts. Hosted by the Natick Historical Society, and presented by Kristen Wyman of the Nipmuc Tribe and Elizabeth Solomon of the Massachusett Tribe at Ponkapoag.  Free to the public.

June 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, The Gathering of the People Pow-wow, at the Owls Landing Campground, 245 US Route 3, Holderness, New Hampshire. Vendors, Drumming, Dancing, and Food. Kid and family friendly.

June 1 and 2, Saturday and Sunday, Scottish Heritage Weekend at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire.  

June 1 and 8, Saturdays, 2 – 3:30pm, Capturing Family Stories with Your Cell Phone, Two Part Workshop, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Bob Craigue, a multiple Emmy-winnign Videographer, editor and producer. Please register here 

June 1, Saturday, Piscataqua Riverfest, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Presented by the Gundalow Company and in partnership with the Strawbery Banke Museum. 

June 1, Saturday, 10am – 7pm, 17th Century Saturdays at The House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts. A monthly series during the sumer. First period homes in the region will be offering special activities all day.  Included with regular paid admission. For more information on 17th Century Saturdays see 

June 1, Saturday, 10:30am, Wills and Probate Records for Genealogy, at the Cos Cob Library, 5 Sinawoy Road, Cos Cob, Connecticut.  Genealogist Edwin W. Strickland will demonstrate the information that can be gleaned from Wills and Probate records. Free to the public.

June 1, Saturday, 1pm, Book Signing and Author Talk: "Queen City Rails: Manchester's Railroads 1965 - 1990", at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Presented by author Rick Kfoury.  Included with regular admission to the museum. 

June 1, Saturday, 1:30pm, Essex, England: The Home of the Mayflower?, at the Bedford Free Public Library, 7 Mudge Way, Bedford, Massachusetts. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists Middlesex Chapter. Free to the public. Presented by Linda MacIver, she will examine the early and final history of the Mayflower and the ship’s close connections to the county of Essex.

June 1, Saturday, 2pm, Historic Tour of the Broad Street Cemetery, at Salem, Massachusetts (tour begins at the Broad Street cemetery entrance).  Guided by Fred Norton, the official story teller of the Friends of the Broad Street Cemetery, and with stone conservator Rachel Mayer.  Check the Friends of the Broad Street Cemetery Facebook page for rain date if necesssary. 

June 1, Saturday, 2pm, Sale of the Century: How the Red Sox Peddled Babe Ruth to the Yankees, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  $25 per person fee, with a pre-talk reception and display of Ruth related artifacts viewing at 2pm.  Presented by Gordon Edes, Red Sox historian; Jane Leavy, Leigh Montville, and John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.  Register at

June 2, Sunday, 6pm, Haunted York Village Tour, meet up at the York Town Hall, York, Maine. Guided by author of the book “Haunted York County”, Roxie J. Zwicker.  Walk in the shadows of 300 years of mysterious history and ghost stones.  90 minutes walking. $18 for adults and $12 for children under 12. Tickets available at  

June 3, Monday, noon to 3pm,  June Day Parade, Drum Head Elections on Boston Common, presented by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.  On the first Monday in June there is an election of the Officers and Sergeants of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. A parade precedes the election from Government Center (adjacent to their Headquarters in Faneuil Hall) to the Granary Burial Ground on Tremont Street.  The parade then precedes to the Cathedral of St. Paul on Tremont Street for a memorial service, then the parade reconvenes and proceeds to Boston Common for the drumhead elections.

June 4, Tuesday, 10:30am, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Chapin Senior Center, 37 Pleasant Street, New London, New Hampshire. Presented by story teller Jo Radner.  Free to the public. Participants will practice finding, developing and telling their own tales.

June 5, Wednesday, 6pm, Norwich Founders 118th Meeting, at the Otis Library 261 Main Street, Norwich, Connecticut. Hosted by the Leffingwell House Museum. Free event.  Short business meeting followed by a presentation by Dayne Rugh and Damien Gregeau about the history behind the USS Confederacy, a Norwich built frigate. Light refreshments. Open to the public.

June 5, Wednesday, 6:30pm, Meet Lucy Stone: Enter the Antebellum World of the Abolition and Woman’s Rights Movement, at the Rogers Memorial Library, 194 Derry Road, Hudson, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Judith Black. Free to the public, followed by a potluck dinner.

June 7, Friday, noon, Essex, England: The Home of the Mayflower?, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Linda MacIver and the Essex England Record Office.  Part of the First Friday Lecture Series.  Free to the public. Register here:

June 7, Friday, 6pm, The History of Gym Class, at the Campton Public Library, 1110 NH Route 175, Suite B, Campton, New Hampshire.  Presented by Rebecca Noel. Free to the public.  Sponsored by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

June 7, Friday, 7pm, Tinseltown Inventor:  The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr, at the Asa Waters Mansion, 123 Elm Street, Millbury, Massachusetts. A play written by Judith Kalaora.  To purchase tickets at $25 each, call Marie at 508-865-5528.  Suitable for ages 13 and up. 

June 8 and 9, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 5pm, The Battle of Newbury, at the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, 5 Littles Lane, Newbury, Massachusetts.  A weekend encampment and battle reenactment of the Revolutionary War era.  There will be demonstrations of 18th century military life, sutlers, colonial artisans, modern food vendors, as well as Ipswich Ale and 1634 Meadery.  Spectator admission and schedule information at

June 8 and 9, Saturday and Sunday, Living History Weekend with Hinsdale’s Garrison, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Demonstrations of 18th Century Village and Military Life.

June 8, Saturday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public, no need to register. Visitors are free to use the library following the tour.

June 8, Saturday, 11am, Book Signing and Author Talk:  "Moxie!" By Merrill Lewis, at the Millyard Museum, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. Presented by Dennis Sasseville and Merrill Lewis.  Included with regular admission to the museum, and will include free samples of Moxie. 

June 8, Saturday, 1pm, New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, at the Plains Cemetery, 157 Main Street, Kingston, New Hampshire. Presented by Glenn Knoblock.  Free to the public.

June 8, Saturday, 1pm – 3pm, Colonial Kids’ Day, at the Old Bridgewater Historical Society, Keith House, 199 River Street, West Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  Hands-on crafts, games and storytelling for kids ages 5 – 10.

June 8, Saturday, 1pm, Eastern Woodland Culture Through Games, at the Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, Rhode Island. Loren Spears, a visiting educator from the Tomaquag Museum will show your family the traditions of the Narraganset People through games such as hubbub, ring and pin, the hand game, and the moccasin game. Free to the public. Family friendly.

June 10, Monday, 6pm, Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait? Alice Paul, Woodrow Wilson, and the Fight for the Right to Vote, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. $10 per person fee. Please register here  Pre-talk reception at 5:30.  Presented by Tina Cassidy.

June 10, Monday, 7pm, An Evening with Marilynne Roach, at the Witch House, 310 ½ Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts. This is the 7th annual June 10th: Lesson of 1692 lecture. Free admission, and all donations are given to Voices Against Violence.

June 11, Tuesday, 2pm, A Revolution of Her Own!  Deborah Sampson, at the Briarwood Community, 65 Briarwood Circle, Worcester, Massachusetts. A play about the woman who fought in the 4th Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.  Free to the public.

June 11, Tuesday, 5:30pm, The Grand Resort Hotels of the White Mountains: Architecture, History, and the Preservation Record, at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, 34 Highland Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire. Presented by historian Bryant Tolles, Jr. 

June 12, Wednesday, noon, Using, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Learn to use the NEHGS website. Free to the public. Register here

June 12, Wednesday, 6:30pm, CHALLENGER: Soaring with Christa McAuliffe, at the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Avenue, Wilmington, Massachusetts.  A play about the true story behind the incredible teacher and astronaut, Christa McAuliffe.  Free to the public. Running time about 75 minutes.

June 13, Thursday, 5:30pm, A Hotel Goes to Peace, Not War: The International Monetary Conference at Bretton Woods, at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University, 34 Highland Street, Plymouth, New Hampshire. Presented by Carl Lindblade, historian. 

June 13, Thursday, 6pm, The Presidents: Noted Historians on the Lives and Leadership of America’s Best and Worst Chief Executives, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Pre-talk reception at 5:30, Presented by Brian Lamb, Susan Swain, and James Traub, moderated by Peter Drummey.  $10 fee per person. Register here 

June 13, Thursday, 6pm, Boston’s Twentieth Century Bicycling Renaissance, at the Boston Public Library, Commonwealth Salon First Floor, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Presented by author Lorenz J. Finison. Free to the public.

June 13, Thursday, 6pm, Songs of Old New Hampshire, at the Barnstead Town Hall, 108 South Barnstead Road, Center Barnstead, New Hampshire.  Presented by Jeff Warner with stories about the lumber camps, the sailing ships, the textile mills, and the war between the sexes.  Free to the public.

June 13, Thursday, 7pm, The Shaker Legacy, at the Rochester Historical Society Museu, 58 Hanson Street, Rochester, New Hampshire. Presented by Darryl Thompson with his personal memories of the Canterbury Shaker community.  Free to the public.

June 14 – June 16, Friday – Sunday, Vietnam Era Fort Devens Living History, at Fort Devens, 94 Jackson Road, Devens, Massachusetts. Email with questions. The main event is Saturday, June 15th from 10am to 4pm. Re-enactors will be camping out Friday through Sunday.

June 14, Friday, Sudbury Revolutionary War Military Ball, at the Wayside Inn, Sudbury, Massachusetts.  Have fun socializing, drinking and dancing with your fellow reenactors at this annual ball.  The dance caller will be Jacob Bloom.  $20 per person, $18 for advance reservations, and a couples rate of $32 with advance reservations. Sponsored by the Sudbury Companies of Minutemen and Militia.  Mail your checks to SCMM PO Box 187, Sudbury, MA 01776.

June 14, Friday, 9am, Flag Day Celebration at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Members of the public are invited to assemble at the Strawbery Banke side of Marcy Street, opposite the Liberty Pole.  Festivities include a presentation of the colors by a delegation from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the National Anthem, and remarks from Mayor Jack Blalock.  Free to the public. 

June 14, Friday, 6:30pm, “If I Am Not For Myself, Who Will Be For Me?” George Washington’s Runaway Slave, at the Surry Town Hall, 1 Village Road, Surry, New Hampshire. Presented by living historian Gwendolyn Quezaire-Presutti portraying Oney Judge Staines, the slave who ran away from George and Martha Washington to New Hampshire. Free to the public with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities council.

June 14, Friday, 7:15pm, “An Evening of Civil War Era Music” Performed by Bob Kilham, at the Epping Town Hall, 157 Main Street, Epping, New Hampshire. Bob will play music and tell the stories of the songs of the era.  Hosted by the Civil War Roundtable of New Hampshire.  Free to the public.

June 14, Friday, 7:30pm, I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone, at Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, Waltham, Massachusetts. A play about the fierce abolitionist and women’s rights activist Lucy Stone.  Doors open at 7pm. Hosted by Historic New England.

June 15 and 16, Saturday and Sunday, French & Indian War Encampment Weekend at Fort McClary, Route 103, Kittery Point, Maine.  Hosted by the Friends of Fort McClary.

June 15, Saturday, 1812 Marines Living History Encampment, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts.  Come learn how the marines served both ashore and at sea!  Free to the public.

June 15, Saturday, 10am – 3pm, 1919 Lawn Party and Open House: 8th Annual “Gala Day” at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. Rain date June 16th.  Entrance fee 25 cents! An Edwardian fashioned day with music, games, and strawberry shortcakes from 1912!

June 15, Saturday, 11am – 4pm, Guys with Guns, at the Leffingwell House Museum, 348 Washington Street, Norwich, Connecticut.  See the historic guns of Norwich from pre-revolutionary War era to the Civil War, and the artillery of Ken Giella of the Lebanon Militia, the Norwich Police Department, black powder demonstrations, and lots of history. $5 entrance fee.

June 17, Monday, 1:30pm, New England Quilts and the Stories They Tell, at the Gilford Community Church, 19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, New Hampshire.  Presented by Pam Weeks. Participants are invited to bring one quilt for identification and/or story telling. Free to the public.

June 18, Tuesday, 6pm, Why They Marched: Untold Stories of the Women Who Fought For the Right to Vote, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Susan Ware, $10 fee person, Pre-talk reception at 5:30pm.  Please register here

June 18, Tuesday, 7pm, Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present, at the Londonderry Historical Society, 140 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry, New Hampshire.  Presented by Glenn Knoblock, and Long Blue Cat Brewery.  Free to the public.

June 19, Wednesday, 10am, New Visitor Tour of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, at 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Free to the public. Visitors are free to use the library following the tour.  Register here 

June 20, Thursday, 10:30am, The Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking?, at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester, 30 Mechanic Street, Manchester, New Hampshire.  Presented by Richard Hesse.  Free to the public with a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities council. 

June 20, Thursday, 1:30 – 3:30pm, A Midsummer’s Fairy Tea Party, at the Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Connecticut. Hosted by Historic New England.  Learn how Victorian children believed in the Fairy Realm, have tea, stroll the gardens, make your own fairy garden in a tea cup.  Open to boys and girls.  Fee for entry $30 and advance tickets are required. See the website 

June 20, Thursday, 6pm, Summer Evening at the Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by Historic New England in partnership with the Beacon Hill Civil Association.  Must be 21. Light food and drinks while you learn about drinking and parties in Federal Era Boston.  Tickets are $30, or $25 for members. Advance tickets required. Call 617-227-1922. 

June 20, Thursday, 6:30, Solving Family Mysteries, part of the “Finding Your Ancestors” series at the Mayflower Society House, 4 Winslow Street, Plymouth, Massachusetts.  Presented by genealogist Lisa Pennington.  Free to the public. For more information see

June 21 to June 23, 18th Century Military and Camp Follower Muster, at Waters Farm Preservation, Inc, 53 Waters Road, West Sutton, Massachusetts. An opportunity to learn and practice 18th century skills as a soldier and camp follower, such as lectures, demonstrations, and hands on experiences.  The public is invited.  Hosted by the Thirteenth Continental Regiment.

June 22, 28, and July 6, Saturdays, 2pm – 4pm, Building Your Genealogical Skills, a Three Week Class, at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 99 – 101 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  Taught by Ann Lawthers, genealogist.  $75 cost for the three weeks.  Register here 

June 22 – 23, Saturday and Sunday, Civil War Reenactment Weekend, at Eastleigh Farm, Framingham, Massachusetts. For more information or Facebook “Eastleigh Farm Civil War Reenactment”

June 23, Sunday, 2pm, The Battle and Burning of Norwalk, Connecticut, July 11, 1799 Slide Lecture, at the Mill Historic Park Townhouse, 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, Connecticut. Presented by local historian Ed Eckert. Tickets are $8 by calling 203-846-0525.  A reception will follow the lecture.

June 23, Sunday, 7pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the Jackson Public Library, 52 Main Street, Jackson, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle and guitar. Free to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

June 24, Monday, 6pm, Portsmouth Historical Society Book Club: “Slaves to Soldiers: The First RI Regiment in the American Revolution” at the Portsmouth Free Library, 2658 East Main Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Presented by the Portsmouth Historical Society.  Free to the public. Call 683-9457.

June 25, Tuesday, 10am, Tales of New Hampshire Family Storytime, at the New Hampshire Historical Society, 30 Park Street, Concord, New Hampshire.  Free of charge, sponsored by Concord Pediatric Dentistry. Perfect for young children and their families. Every Tuesday morning from June 25 to July 30.  Registration not required. 

June 25, Tuesday, 6pm, New England Lighthouses and the People Who Kept Them, at the Nesmith Library, 8 Fellows Road, Windham, New Hampshire. Presented by famed lighthouse historian Jeremy D’Entremont.  Free to the public.

June 26, Wednesday, 6pm, The Peculiar Institution: Abigail Adams and Slavery, at the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Presented by Edith Gelles of Stanford University.  Pre-talk reception at 5:30, $10 fee per person. Register here

June 26, Thursday, 7pm, Songs of Emigration: Storytelling Through Traditional Irish Music, at the Aaron Cutler Memorial Library 269 Charles Bancroft highway, Litchfield, New Hampshire.  Presented by musician Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki on fiddle and guitar. Free to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

June 27, Thursday, 6:30pm, Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 388 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Presented by story teller Jo Radner.  Free to the public. Participants will practice finding, developing and telling their own tales. Free to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

June 27, Thursday, 6:30pm, In the Shadow of Salem, at the Salem Witch Museum, 19 ½ Washington Square, in Salem, Massachusetts. A night with author and historian Richard Hite as he discusses his new book.  There will be an hour talk followed by questions and book signing. Free to the public, books will be available for purchase on site.

June 27, Thursday, 7pm, Family, Memory, Place: Writing Family Stories, at the Horatio Colony House Museum, 199 Main Street, Keene, New Hampshire. A workshop led by Maura MaNeil.  Free to the public through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

June 29, Saturday, 9am - 2pm, The 2019 Maine Genealogy Fair, at the Cultural Building, 230 State Street, Augusta, Maine.  FREE admission to the fair and to the Maine State Museum.  The staff of the Maine Archives will be available, as well as the Maine State Library genealogy reference specialist. Visit with dozens of genealogical and historical societies from around Maine, all looking to help you with your Maine roots. The Maine Genealogical Society will offer "Brick Wall Busters" where you can get extra help with an experienced researcher. There will be two presentations in the Archive's foyer. 

June 29 and 30, Saturday and Sunday, General John Stark’s Mustering of the Militia, at the Fort at No. 4, 267 Springfield Road, Charlestown, New Hampshire. During the American Revolution, Charlestown was an assembly point for 1,500 Colonial troops under General John Stark.  The New Hampshire Militia left town and marched to engage “Gentleman” John Burgoyne in the 1777 Battle of Bennington.

Future Events:

July 29 – August 12, 2019,  Introduction to the Polish Heritage:  A unique insight into Poland’s History, Culture, Folklore, and Traditions.  All inclusive Tour of Poland from Boston.  Sponsored by the Polish Center of Discover and Learning of Chicopee, Massachusetts.  Stas Radosz invites you to join the 10th Edition of the Polish Heritage Tour.  This year features Gdansk in time for the Dominican Fair; as well as the fortified castles of Malbork, Gniew, and Kwidzyn; the prehistoric Slav settlement of Biskupin, and the Beskidy Mountains and the Lemko culture. Space is limited. Check if space is available at 413-592-0001 or email 

August 1 -5, Thursday to Monday,  Parade of Sail, Tall Ships, in Portsmouth Harbor, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Parade of Sail 1:15 August 1st (up the Piscataquar River, under the Memorial Bridge, and turn around back to the State Pier).  Ships will be open for tours 10am – 5pm, August 2- 4, and ships depart on August 5th.

August 2 – 4, Friday to Sunday, Redcoats to Rebels, at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The largest Revolutionary War encampment in New England with over 4,000 spectators. Demonstrations, battles, skirmishes, and a ball at the Bullard Tavern on Saturday night.  See  Included with museum admission. 

August 10 – 16, 2019, Founders, Fishermen and Family History Cruise, On Holland America’s ms Zaandam, departing Boston on August 10 for a 7 night trip to Canada, ports include Montreal, Quebec City, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island), Sydney, Halifax, Bar Harbor, and Boston, Massachusetts. Speakers include the genealogists Gena Philibert-Ortega, Tami Osmer Mize, and David Allen Lambert. See the website for more information: 

September 28 and 29, Saturday and Sunday, Return to Fort at No. 4: Revolutionary War Weekend, Charlestown, New Hampshire. Revolutionary War reenactments on both Saturday and Sunday, sutlers, encampment, food, and activities.  

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - A Great Blue Heron

Another special edition of "Weathervane Wednesday".  The other day I stopped at the lower green in Newbury, Massachusetts to photograph the Founders Monument, and I spotted this wonderful weathervane in the background.

This is another great weathervane by New Hampshire sculptor and artist Walter Liff.  I have posted several of his weathervanes weathervanes HERE in New Castle, NH and HERE at a playground.  If you peek at his website (see the link below) you can read more about this weathervane and see a great shot taken right at eye level with this Great Blue Heron. According to this website, this weathervane is bigger than lifesize, with a six foot wing span, and also it is six feet from the beak to the tip of his talons.  He comments "Hand cut and pounded feathers to give it the life-like, authentic detail".

This house is directly on the lower green, behind the Founders Monument, facing Route 1A.  It is a beautifully restored antique house.  Its worth a good look for a few minutes, even if you aren't a weathervane fan.  Also, check out the old schoolhouse on the common, it's very cute and dates from 1870, and was restored during the bi-centennial in 1976.

Walter Liff's website "Steeling Nature"

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - A Great Blue Heron", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 29, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Seekonk, Massachusetts World War I Honor Roll

This honor roll was photographed and transcribed by Jane George.  It sits outside the Seekonk Town Hall and her father-in-law's name is on the monument "Joseph Lewis George" 1896 - 1956.

Manuel Amaral, William A. Anderson, Harold Arnold, Kenneth W. Baker, Rueben Barker, William Bates, John F. Blake, Elmer Bliss, Walter Bliss, Zenas Bliss, Joseph Butterworth, Jr., Edwin W.R. Carlson, George Carpenter, Edgar E. Chaffee, H. Alton Chaffee, Hiram E. Chafee, Ebenezer Cole, Caesar Curtinho, Harold E. Cushing, James Doyle, James Eaton, Robert Eaton, Leonard A. Elderkin, William A. Elderkin, Carlton P. Fish, John Fratus, Charles D. Gardiner, Kenneth R. Gardiner, Leon T. Gardiner, Shirley D. Gardiner, Joseph Lewis George, Jesse C. Hall, John M. Hall, Richard G. Helgerson, H. Russell Hill, Samuel Hill, Gordon J. Hipkiss, Howard F. Hokanson, Irving S. Hokanson, Arnold Howland, Arthur G. Howland, M. Preston Humphrey, Karl Jones, Irving R. Knapp, Maynard Knox, James Labree, William E. Macomber, Charles K. Moreau, Uriah J.B. Monroe, William A. Murray, Alfred H. Newell, Arthur R. Ormsbee, Fred W. Palmer, J. Edward Peck, Harold E. Peck, James Pierce, Ellery F. Price, Cyril C. Smith, Arthur E. Swift, James Thatcher, Edmond Thibeaut, Eldred G. West

Monday, May 27, 2019

Memorial Day 2019 Honor Roll Contributions

World War II Honor Roll, Gaylordsville, Connecticut by Patti Crispo

The Honor Roll Project collects transcriptions and photographs of military monuments with the names of military veterans from parks, schools, civic buildings, books and other places all over the USA and abroad.  You can see the complete list of Honor Roll contributions to this project at this link: The Honor Roll Project

Twice a year, for Memorial Day and for Veterans Day, genealogy bloggers photograph and transcribe these honor rolls, and publish them on the internet.  The act of transcribing these names makes them available to be found by search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.  Family members searching online for genealogical or military information on relatives, ancestors or friends will be able to see the honor rolls, read the names, and learn about their family's military history.

From the thousands of names transcribed by Jenny Hawran , and the thousands of names transcribed by Schalene Dagutis over many months this winter, to the tiny little memorial in Gosport, Indiana by Diana Anderson, all are important honor rolls for their communities.  Today we have contributions from three countries- USA, Canada and the United Kingdom.  All are important finds for anyone searching for ancestors online.

It is a simple project, and it brings unexpected joy to searchers who did not know their ancestors were in the military, or did not know the specific military history, or sometimes they did not even know the town where their ancestors lived.  Seeing their family member's name on an honor roll can be the beginning of finding more genealogy data, military records and historical information.

Here are this year's volunteer contributions.   Please thank them for their hard work by leaving comments on their individual blog posts.


Norwalk, World War I (part 6) by Christine McCloud

Windsor, WWII Casualties by Jenny Hawran

Windsor, WWI by Jenny Hawran

Windsor, National Service at Grace Church by Jenny Hawran


Deerfield, The Deerfield Academy WWII by Sara Campbell

Heath, Veterans Memorials (Revolutionary War, 1812, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Panama, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Veterans serving between conflicts)  by Sara Campbell
Pigeon Cove, Rockport, WWII, by Heather Wilkinson Rojo
Winchester, WWI, by Karen Ramon

New Hampshire

Portsmouth, World War I, by June Stearns Butka

Baldwin, WWI, WWI, Korea, Vietnam, by Anna Matthews

Baldwin, WWII, by Anna Matthews

Bethpage, WWI, Vietnam, by Anna Matthews  

Blenheim, Revolution, War of 1812, Muster Roll after 1812, Military Roll 1853, Civil War, WWI, WWII, Military Service after WWII, Korea, Military Service after Korea, Vietnam, by Schalene Dagutis   

East Rockaway,WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf, and Sept. 11th, by Anna Matthews

Freeport, Civil War, Spanish American, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, by Anna Matthews  

Fulton, Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American, WWI, WWII, Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, Iraq, Others, by Schalene Dagutis   

Lynbrook, WWII, Korea, Vietnam by Anna Matthews

Malverne, all wars and September 11th, by Anna Matthews

Richmond Hill, WWI, by Anna Matthews

Addison, Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, Navy Service   

Kenosha, Simmons Library, WW1, by Jean Larew Hoffman 


North Hatley, WWI, WWII, Korea, by Anna Matthews

United Kingdom

WWI, and other military service from Manchester UK by Marian Burk Wood

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Memorial Day 2019 Honor Roll Contributions", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 27, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Photo Friday - Trip to Spain

Lunch with cousins in the town of Tres Cantos, near Madrid, Spain
This week I published two blog posts about our trip to Navarra, Spain to bring my mother-in-law to the village where she was born. You can read about the trip HERE and about an interesting weathervane on the church of her baptism HERE (if you like medieval epic stories, you'll like this connection to Roland and the Battle of Roncevaux).  Here are some other interesting photos of our trip, mostly in Madrid and Pamplona.

A display of tapas in a window at Madrid's Plaza Mayor

Puerta del Sol, the center of Madrid, and the center of Spain
(all points in Spain are measured from a marker in the center of this plaza)

Me and my mother-in-law boarding the high speed train from Madrid to Pamplona.
The trip took about three hours, with two stops, to go 400 km (about 250 miles)

On board the train, watching the scenery from Madrid to Pamplona

The Cathedral in Pamplona, Navarra, Spain - Santa Maria la Real

Interior view of the cathedral in Pamplona

The effigies of the King Charles III and Queen Eleanor of Navarra inside the cathedral

This marker shows the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrim way

Another marker for the "Camino"

The "encierro" is the route for the famous
running of the bulls in Pamplona

Our walk along the "Camino" through Pamplona

This street marker shows the intersection of the "Encierro" and "The Camino",
the two most famous routes which intersect in central Pamplona

Seen on a pharmacy along "The Camino"

This pub in Pamplona's Plaza Mayor was Hemingway's favorite watering hole,
and where he wrote "The Sun Also Rises" about Americans in Pamplona
for the San Fermin Festival to witness the running of the bulls.

Back in Madrid, at the local pub with more cousins

Vincent sorted and digitized two large boxes of family photos

These old photos from a cousin's house went back 100 years or more!

The most famous fountain in Madrid,
"Cibeles" is the mother goddess of the Earth,
also called "Gaia" or "Rhea"

This impressive building in Madrid used to be the central Post Office,
but it is now Madrid's City Hall "The Ayuntamiento"

Click here for the story of our visit to the Pyrenees:

Click here for the story about the weathervane in Orbaiceta, Navarra:


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Photo Friday - Trip to Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted May 24, 2019, ( accessed [access date]). 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Weathervane Wednesday - Another Weathercock in Spain

Today's weathervane was photographed in Ochagavia, Navarra, Spain

Weathercocks, or rooster weathervanes, are among the most common weathervanes on European churches.  Even so, weathervanes are rare in Spain.  You can read more about the history of weathercocks HERE.  We stopped in this village of Ochagavia in the Pyrenee mountains on our way to see the village where Vincent's mother was born.  While we were walking to the restaurant we saw this church and the weathercock.

Ochagavia is in the Valley of Salazar near the Irati National forest in the Province of Navarra.  The church is San Juan Evangelista.  Part of the church was built in the 11th century, and the rest in the 16th and 17th centuries. Most of this village and the church was burned during the Napoleonic War in the early 1800s, but many details survived.   I have no idea when the weathercock was added to the church steeple.  Today, the weathervane is supported by the lightning rod next to it.

Earlier this year I blogged about another weathercock in Navarra, Spain in the village of Uztarroz.  You can read that post here:  


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday - Another Weathercock in Spain", Nutfield Genealogy, posted July 17, 2019, ( accessed [access date]).