In my family the tradition of climbing into the car and going to the local football field to watch the fireworks on July 4th is forever etched into my memory. However I can still remember my grandmother telling me stories about my 4th great-grandfather Capt. Jonathan Poor (1737-1807) of Newbury, Massachusetts on the Fourth of […]Read more "Remembering the forgotten witnesses of the Revolutionary War this Fourth of July"
Thanks to Patricia Greber’s “Let’s Honour our Military Ancestors in November“ Challenge – I thought I might share another World War I veteran story which only ended last year. My grand-father James Albert George Lambert, Jr. was born on the island of Saint Pierre and Miqueleon, France in 1887. This small island on the southern […]Read more "Remembering Great Uncle Fred: A soldier from the Great War – no longer forgotten."
Let it be known I have officially accepted the challenge posted recently by mygenealogylife.ca “Let’s Honour Our Military Ancestors in November” an 11 Day Challenge This broken hand colored photo I discovered in a trunk in our attic when I was just a boy of seven. This photo would spark my curiosity to learn more […]Read more "Pausing to Remember in November: My soldier from World War I"
For me it is easier to remember the birthdays of my ancestors from 100 or 200 odd years ago versus the birth date of a cousin born the same decade as myself. Sure I have my cousins birthdays written down, and I attended their birthday parties as a child. But for over forty years due […]Read more "Why we may remember the Birthday of our Ancestors better than our own first cousins."
Sometimes you accidentally stumble upon a goldmine online. I am happy to report that the Massachusetts Archives Collection has now a digitized collection. In 1987 I started using the Massachusetts Archives Collection 1629-1799 (328 microfilms) when I worked on the reference staff at the Mass. State Archives. These volumes are a wonderful source for Massachusetts […]Read more "Massachusetts Archives Collection (1629-1799) now available Online"
When I discovered King Edward I of England was my ancestor I made a point to purchase a hammered silver penny of him a quarter century ago. What a fascinating way to touch history from the time of my ancestor from centuries past. When my daughters were born I made sure I purchased a U.S. […]Read more "Can you spare a Penny for your Ancestors? Collecting Coins of your Family Tree."
In 1925 my widowed Grandmother Lillian Mae (Poor) MacDonald (1896-1980) would marry her second husband. This marriage to British born John Samuel Lea (1901-1965) in Dorchester, Massachusetts would bring into this world my own mother Joan Lois. Also in this union would be born my uncles John George “Buddy” Lea; Ralph Clarence Lea; Robert Edward […]Read more "Remembering my non-Grandfather Daniel"