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Old maps RULE!!!!

NH Map Long before delving into family history research, I was a cartography junkie.  I could read a map like a “See Dick Run” book at a very early age.  I’d often go pretend-driving along various roads and highways, usually with no destination in mind.  “Go left here, take the next right on US 6…”. Anyway, I was just checking out some late 1800s maps – the ones that list owners, residents, etc.  It never fails that I always find something that gives me a chuckle or makes me scratch my head and go “Wha?????” Like this…

Rocky-RookyIn Wentworth, NH, there’s Rocky Pond and Rooky Brook — which is it??  I’d have to guess Rocky, unless the brook is a green newbie – heh.

Then there are the various names on these maps.  In keeping with the rocky theme, we have this pairing in Sullivan, NH…

Stone Mason

I wonder if these neighbors had a good laugh on that one!

Here’s another combo in Winchester, NH; sort of weather-related…

Willard Scott

Now THESE two neighbors had no idea at the time!

Speaking of weather, looks like some low morning clouds in East Alstead, NH…

A.M.Fogg

His name, of course, being something like Alexander Melvin Fogg, as these maps mainly used initials for first and middle names.

So, any Irving Benjamin [SURNAME] would show as…

I.B.Ham

“Yes, I.B. Ham from Haverhill, NH!”

But don’t hold your breath…

N.HaleI couldn’t find his brother Xavier Hale anywhere in Westmoreland, NH – har, har, har!

First name Charles, Clifford or Christopher?  Doesn’t matter, as he was in Keene, NH long before any type of lasers…

C.DeeAnd another musical “C” in nearby Chesterfield, NH…

C.Miner

B. Sharpe and D. Flatt can’t be far behind!

And not at Kitty Hawk, but North Haverhill, NH…

WrightBros

Meanwhile, further south in Winchester, NH, some possible cousins?…

Wright Place

Dr. John!  Wright Place, Rong Time!

In about 25 years, this would’ve been an awkward neighborhood.

Ford & Dodge

And a tip of the hat to Mr. Stanley above these two, whose Steamer was around just a few years prior to these two familiar nameplates.

In Bradford, VT, not a Lowe’s, but a…

Lows

And these in East Enfield, NH I found to be quite baffling…

Enfield Summer Residence

To the left, there’s “Hon. J. Jonson Fam”, which I’m assuming to be “family”, but what’s that to the right?  Same thing, but followed by some garbled abbreviations.  Summer residence??

If so, does the family cross the street in the summer to live there?  That would be silly.  But I need to KNOW these things!!!

And a final map page we’ll categorize under “What’s wrong with this picture?”

So.Stoddard

The first question I had was “What is South Stoddard, NH doing in northeast Stoddard?!?”  That is, until I saw the NORTH arrow below the map.  Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

And if you’re having trouble finding your way through your family history, hire ME – The Online Genealogist!!

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Finding Your Roots… and twigs and branches and leaves and bark…

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Nice interview with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in the Fall 2014 edition of NEHGS’ American Ancestors magazine.

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The great news is that PBS, Ancestry (main sponsor), New England Historical Genealogical Society (main researchers) have agreed to do another three seasons of his Finding Your Roots!  They’ve already got dozens of guests chosen and confirmed.

While I have a few issues with the show (research “shortcuts”, effect on professional clients’ expectations), I find it extremely interesting and well done.  I’ve learned a lot, a good chunk to do with DNA.  We’re even much more mixed up than I originally thought!

You’d surmise that a former programmer such as myself would have no problem understanding all of that, but not so.  Programming is structured while DNA as a whole seems abstract in comparison.  The DNA itself is obviously structured, but the interpretation…

Actually, genealogy and computer programming are similar in many ways.  The debugging of programs highly resembles attacking a genealogical brick wall. 

Mr. Gates also said that NONE of his guests regretted discovering their ancestry OR were sorry they were on the show.  He was being very modest here, as I’m sure MOST of the guests have been affected quite profoundly by their experience.

Said Gates, “It’s been very rewarding.  It makes me feel like Santa Claus, like I’m making it Christmas every day for the people lucky enough to be chosen as guests…”.

Researchers also feel that way upon finding a long-hidden genealogical gem.  When we DON’T, it’s time to hang up the RootsMagic and try crocheting or stamp collecting.

You can check out Season Two episodes here…

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Yep, just like unwrapping a present from “Skip”; as he is often referred to in the interview by NEHGS President Brenton Simons.  They even did it where some of the show takes place – in NEGHS’ Treat Rotunda, which I’ve yet to visit.  Because I’m usually running right to their manuscripts, microfilm or books!

I’m sure the main rush of being on the show is getting that ancestral information – all at once!  As researchers, we tend to unwrap a number of small presents over a period of time, while Mr. Gates’ guests open up a giant one during the one-hour show!

Anyway, props to “Finding Your Roots” and the informative American Ancestors article.  Henry Louis Gates, Jr. seems like a guy you could just hang out with, chatting for hours about genealogy.

And I’m still working on the concept of an Instant Connections game show, mentioned in my last post.  It’ll be a combo of Love Connection, Joker’s Wild, Name That Tune and instant oatmeal.  Uh, for the instant part.  No takers yet, but give it time.  I’ve got 11 years!

Well, if I can’t create game shows, I CAN research your family history, as I am… The Online Genealogist!!

JohnBrugliera@theonlinegenealogist.com

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