Archive for the ‘Genealogy’ Category
As the seasonal changes of fall appear in the falling leaves and the dropping temperatures, eerie events are taking place at the Andover Historical Society.
Throughout October, the Andover Historical Society is hosting Bewitched in Andover, a series of eerie events. Starting October 1st with a session called GhostHunting 101 and a lecture on The Witches of Andover by Kimberly Whitworth, we are in the midst of this buffet of spooky local history.
Join us tomorrow night for An Evening with Kathleen Kent including a book reading and signing with well-known author of the The Heretics Daughter, from 7:30-9:00. The book reading will take place from 7:00-7:30, reservations are required. Kathleen Kent has released in paperback her newest publication The Traitors Wife. The Andover Bookstore will be selling copies of all of Kathleen Kent’s books.
Coming up next Tuesday, a new program for children, Tea with Sarah Carrier: A 1692 Andover Girl. Like the beloved American Girl Doll stories, the Andover Historical Society is sharing stories of real Andover Girls of the past. The first Andover Girl will be a 1692 girl, Sarah Carrier. She was only 7 years old when her mother was imprisoned during the Witchcraft Hysteria. Even Sarah was imprisoned and accused of being a witch. During this special spooky tea party, girls will learn about what it was like to live in the Colonial era. They will make special crafts, learn about the past, and try foods that the Carriers may have eater. The Andover Girl Tea will take place Tuesday, October 18th, 3:30-5:00. Reservations are required.
Next Saturday, Tour of the Witch’s House at 9 Andover Street the Benjamin Abbot house. The home of witch trial accuser Benjamin Abbot will be open for tours during this one-time special event. Benjamin Abbot accused Martha Carrier of witchcraft, along with others, after an argument with Martha regarding land. A sore grew on Benjamin’s side and did not start to mend until she was taken away by the sheriff. Tours will include history of the ten generations of Abbots who lived in the second oldest home in Andover, history of Andover and the witch trials. Tours will take place on the hour and half hour from 1 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the last tour taking place at 3:30 p.m.
The final event to end Bewitched in Andover is a lecture on the history of West Parish Cemetery by Jim Batchelder. Make reservations to join us for Cocktails from the Crypt. Drinks will be served at 7:00 p.m. and an informative lecture will start at 7:30.
Call to make reservations at the Andover Historical Society 978-475-2236.
Have you been researching your family’s history? Now the National Archives has made the process just a bit easier by allowing you to order documents online! Visit archives.gov/digital to learn more…
Ancetry.com and New England Historic Genealogical Society have teamed up to present Boston Family History Day 2010 on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA. The cost for the full day is $38.00.
Some of the activities that you can participate in are classes to get the most from your Ancestry.com membership; questions answered by Ancestry.com staff; general family history classes to help you grow your tree; opportunities to have documents and photos scanned on high-speed scanners; chances to meet one-on-one with professional genealogists, and more.
For more information log onto www.FamilyHistoryDay.com
Questions: send email email@example.com
This would be a good opportunity to get those questions about where to go from here or why should I use Ancestry.com answered. You will leave there with more information that you know what to do with now, but later the information will be worthwhile. Enjoy the day.
Ancestry.com and NBC have joined forces and will present a television show called Who Do You Think You Are? It will air on Friday night, March 5th at 8 PM. for 7 shows.
“Share a heart warming journey through family history with Sarah Jessica Parker, Emmitt Smith, Lisa Kudrow, Mathew Broderick, Brooke Shields, Susan Sarandon and Spike Lee as they uncover the stories of their ancestors. Who Do You Think You Are? also shares ideas and research strategies that can help you make new breakthrough–and help people everywhere understand what they discover about their own family stories.”
It sounds like an interesting show. It will be especially interesting to see what each of the celebrates discover about their ancestors. Enjoy.
The Memorial Hall Library, Andover, genealogy month is March. They have a lock-in on Friday, March 5th at 5:30 PM. A lock-in is were the only people in the locked Library are the genealogists and Librarians. You have the use of the computers, micro film, books and help from the Librarians. Supper is served. This is a great time to look up information that you have not had time or need help in doing so. Do take advantage of this. Memorial Hall Library is one of the better libraries equipped to work with Genealogist and Family Historians.
You will need to make reservations for space is limited. There is a fee which covers supper and Librarian’s time. Call Emily Classon to make reservations and for further information.
On Tuesday, March 9th, 16th, and 30th, there will be speakers. You will need to log into the Library’s web site next month to see who the speakers are. The speakers are generally well known in the field. The web site is www.mhl.org and click on calendar of events.
See you there.
North Andover Historical Society will hold a one day “Genealogy for Beginners” discussion. Learn the fundamentals for investigating your family’s history on Feb. 10, 2010, at 7 PM at the North Andover Historical Society, 153 Academy Road, North Andover (near old North Andover Center [Common]).
Robert Rainville , avid genealogist and long time member of the Society, will led the discussion.
There is limited seating and reservations are suggested by calling 978-686-4035. You could email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event is free to Society members and for non-members, $5.00.
There is a snow day which is March 3, 2010. If the weather is bad, call 978-686-4035 by noon on the day of the event for a cancellation notice or check www.northandoverhistoricalsociety.org for updates.
You now have the time and energy to start your Genealogy Research, but you do not know where or how to start it. There is a course at Nothern Essex Community College in Haverhill that will be offering Genealogy 101 starting Monday, March 29 for 6 weeks from 10 AM – Noon in the Technical Center Room 205. The course number is 172 LLLP 1005 HA. The cost is $40.00 (includes book). Call the Life Long Learning Center at 978-556-3700 to register.
The advance course in Genealogy is to join the First Tuesday Genealogy Group which is made up of people in different places in their Genealogy Research. If we are having a problem, someone in the Group is geneally able to give us some guidance as where to go to find the answer. We are there to help one another. The Group meets the first Tuesday of the month from March to June and September to December from 10 AM to 11:30 AM in the Technical Center Room 205. It is free and open to the public. Please register through 978-556-3825.
See you there.
Genealogy is something you think about when you are young and do when you retire. It is the study on one’s lineage. It takes you back in time to those years that are a mystery to you. Genealogy uncovers stories that drive you to the point of wanting answers, and you will research until you get those answers.
Even though you do not have time today to begin your research, you can begin collecting information for recording at a later date. Things you can do today: take the time to put your family pictures in an album with a list of names of those in the pictures; (do not use a ball point pen to mark the back of the pictures, the ink will evetually run into the picture. Get a special pen/pencil at a photo shop.); clip family obituaries and put them in acid-free plastic sheets; put birth/marriage/death certificates in acid-free plastic sheets, and keep a diary of family activities, stories told to you by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and dates of important events in the life of the family. You can also video interviews with relatives for future use. Now put this information in a safe place so you can get it when you are ready to use it. If you move, make sure you take it with you.
Genealogy is a project that takes time, patience, and lots of file space for your source material. The rewarding thing about Genealogy is the fact that you were able to find your ancestors, and learn what they did and how well they did it. This makes history mean more to you, because it now has a personal touch.
Our Ancestors in the Civil War:
National Archives Offers Free
Introduction to Genealogy Workshop
The Civil War touched every American and continues to shape our nation. By 1863, a draft had been initiated; thus, no man and no family –whether they served– was unaffected by war. Some served; some deserted; some were too young to serve* The army enrollment records for New England, 1863-1866, held at the National Archives at Boston (Waltham) reveal thousands of stories of our country’s most difficult time.