American Canadian Genealogical Society Spring Conference

Last weekend Sue and I attended the ACGS Spring Conference in Manchester NH and had a fantastic time.  The 5 different speakers presented on:

Each presenter was full of information and very knowledgeable on their repositories even though the woman from the Manchester Public Library was new to the position.

Of the items that the presenters discussed, there were a few items that stuck out for me.

Manchester NH was built by, and around the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company.  As such, the Manchester Historical Society is the repository for their records including Employee Files which can include some interesting additions for your Manchester ancestor.

Included are accounting records, engineering reports, correspondence, production records, and fabric sample books, as well as documentation for the locomotives and steam fire engines produced by the Amoskeag Machine Shop.  Beginning in 1911, there are employment cards for each person who worked in the mills which provide information about the person’s age, address, and job.  – from http://www.manchesterhistoric.org/

This collection sounds amazing and how I wish I had ancestors from Manchester so I could make use of them.

Child laborers at Amoskeag Manufacturing in Manchester (1909)

Child laborers at Amoskeag Manufacturing in Manchester (1909) – Hine, Lewis. 6 A.M. Going to Work in Amoskeag Mfg. Co. Manchester, N.H. Digital image. National Archives Catalog. NARA, n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2016. .

The ‘NH Room’ at the Manchester City Library includes many resources including Census Materials, Local histories, New Hampshire Regimental Histories and the Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolution.

 

The NH Vital Records and State Archives took a tag team approach to their presentation.  Vital records are open to the public and you can obtain those for Birth, Marriage, Death and Divorce.  Birth records are available up until today’s date – 1916, while the other categories you can obtain up to 1966.

The Archives also holds the NH Association Test – Sate Papers vol 30.

In 1776, at the outset of the American Revolution, the New Hampshire Committee of Safety directed that all males over the age of twenty-one sign the Association Test–a kind of loyalty oath to the Patriot cause. In effect this resulted in a unique census of the adult male population inasmuch as the names of both signers and non-signers were recorded, and it is the most comprehensive list of New Hampshire residents available before the Census of 1790. Previously available in two separate, unindexed booklets, the present publication has placed all the names–well over 9,000–in one alphabetical sequence to enable the researcher to find a person and his town of residence at a glance. – Description from Ancestry.com [Link]

These papers will become important for Sue’s research – but that’s for another day.

Janine Penfield of the ACGS talked about Liniage Societies and the DAR in particular but also briefly reviewed La Société des Filles du roi et soldats du Carignan [Link] and the more local Piscataqua Pioneers [Link].  She reviewed the benefits of joining a society, the basic requirements to join, and lastly spoke regarding French Canadian Soldiers in the Revolutionary war of which the 2nd Canadian Regiment was one of them [Link]

Ooh Look, Squirrel!   Looking over the Archives website just now though they have also made available 40 Volumes of the Sate Papers as PDF files as well as an Index File at http://sos.nh.gov/Papers.aspx.  A look through the index and a trip down the rabbit hole led me to page 32 of Volume 39…

NH State Papers, Vol 39, Page 32

Sue’s family has a Mark Noble or two, could this be one of them? From the NH State Papers, Vol 39, Page 32 – NH State Archives.

I have yet to download the remaining volumes which also list a Mark Noble… I probably shouldn’t look for Moses either… Oh well, so much for a nap.

As a sidebar for this free conference it was suggested that you bring a friend – so we did and I dragged Dick Gagnon, the Access Nashua Station Manager and long time member of the ACGS (and my boss) back out of the shadows to attend.  He hates me now for pulling him back into the Rabbit Hole of Genealogy but wait until I can talk about the project that he picked back up.

Thanks again to the American Canadian Genealogical Society for putting on such a great conference and I can not wait until the next one.

 

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Episode 3 – The Family History Center

A couple of months back I had the pleasure of interviewing the former, and current directors of the Nashua, NH Family History Center.  It took some time for us to connect and on the day of taping here in the studio – we had a power outage.

Well, not wanting to be held back by this Brick Wall – we grabbed a location kit and drove across town to the Family History Center itself and had a chat about the resources that they have to offer, research tips, and stories to help inspire you.

The Family History Center in Nashua is located at:
110 Concord Street
Nashua NH 03064

Links Discussed in this Episode:
www.FamilySearch.org
www.FamilySearch.org/Wiki

Nashua FHC on Facebook – [Link]
Nashua FHC on the Family Search Wiki – [Link]

www.LDS.org

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27 Apr 2016 – Using FamilySearch Workshop

The Family History Center in Nashua, NH is holding a workshop on Wednesday, April 27 from 7pm to 8:30pm on how to use your Family Search Account.

They will cover the basics of;

1. Logging in
2. Navigating Your Family Tree and its various views
3. The “Memories” tab
4. The “Search” tab and best practices for its use
5. “Tree Connect” to add sources to your ancestors’ records from the internet
6. Printing documents from FamilySearch

The Family History Center is located in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
110 Concord Street, Nashua, NH

I am going to try to attend as I do have a few questions regarding using their online family tree.  I do hope to see you there!

 

ACGS Spring Conference

Tomorrow Sue and I will be headed off to the American-Canadian Genealogical Society’s annual Spring Conference in Manchester, NH.  I have copied the event announcement from their website below.

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The start of Sue's application to join
La Société des Filles du roi.

For those of you keeping track, Sue has ancestors from New France and a Connection to the Filles du roi – The Kings Daughter’s.  My Canadian ancestry however is from Nova Scotia by way of England and Scotland.

We will be sure to report back on our trip and keep an eye on our Facebook page because you never know what trouble we may find and if you are attending… be sure to look for us and say hello!

American-Canadian Genealogical Society Annual Spring Conference

April 23, 2016
8:00AM-4PM

8:00-9:00 AM Registration – FREE Bring a friend!
Coffee, pastries, and fruit will be available during the registration period.
50-50 Raffle

Class schedule:

9:00-10:20 AM
Jeffrey Barraclough -Manchester Historic Association
Resources available at MHA Research Center for genealogical research, including
Manchester City Directories, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company’s employee
records, and the Manchester School registers collection.
Eileen Reddy – Manchester City Library – Special Collection NH Room
An overview of the NH Room at Manchester City Library and its resources for genealogical
research including newspapers, Vital Records, and census information.

10:30-11:50 AM
Brian Burford – New Hampshire Archive
Deborah Moore – New Hampshire Vital Records

Genealogical information available in the state of New Hampshire.

12:00-1:00 PM      Lunch
For your convenience, we are offering a bagged lunch for $10. You may still bring your own
or go out if you wish. Download the Order Form for the Box Lunch here.

1:00-2:00 PM    Lineage Societies for French-Canadians
Janine Penfield – ACGS
Lineage Societies for French-Canadians
Our North American ancestors did not enjoy the same boundaries we know today, and when French-
Canadians found themselves in positions to choose sides they did. Mayflower Descendants and other
Colonial societies aren’t the only ones to enjoy Founding Fathers and Mothers to celebrate. North
American history provides a complex cast of characters in our trees. Learn how American history can
help you find a lineage society – confirmation in proving your line and finding distant cousins.
Daughters of the American Revolution, La Société des Filles du roi, and Piscataqua Pioneers will be
presented.

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Editing Away on Episode 3

Just a quick follow up tonight.  A while back I had the pleasure of interviewing four wonderful people involved with Nashua’s Family History Center.  We had scheduled to do this in the studio and with about 5 minutes prior to them arriving, we lost power throughout the area due to an accident.  Not letting that get us down, we quickly packed a location kit and drove across town to the Family History Center itself to shoot what I am sure, is a much stronger piece than had we done it at the station.  Everything for a reason.

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Well life got in the way but tonight I was able to make significant headway on the project and soon I will be happy to announce that this episode will be ready.

In the meantime, be sure to check out the Nashua Family History Center on their Facebook page [Link] or their page on the Family Search Wiki [Link]

Brick Walls – aka ‘The Dead End’

With another busy work project behind me, I had the pleasure of getting out in the world and attending two genealogy talks this week.  One was on DNA and will be the topic of a future post as I need to let the information settle in.

The other talk was “Strategies For Tackling Your Genealogy Brickwall” by Jake Fletcher of the popular blog – Travelogues of a Genealogist (link).  The talk was a part of the Chelmsford (MA) Genealogy Club.

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Over the hour, Jake discussed his go to methods for trying to break down a brick wall including reviewing your documentation with a fresh set of eyes after a while to Researching their occupation, to knowing the geography of a region as county lines often changed.

Another area to look at; Cluster and FAN research – Family/Friends, Associates and Neighbors.  Look at those around your ancestor, their neighbors in city directories, witnesses to records such as land deeds and probate items.  Jake even suggested documenting the names of neighbors five pages before and after their name on a census record to get a better understanding of people they may know and bump into.  Perhaps the close friend who was witness to a marriage had the favor returned by the ancestor you are looking for which could open up a new hint to move on.

He also suggested the use of a research log or journal. As you do your searching, list what you search for, where you search for it, what keywords you may have used and what you found.  You may have found nothing for that matter, and you should list that as well.  Sometimes nothing is the same as finding something – but that is a topic for  a different day.

His Log includes columns for Date, Repository / Website, Title of Collection, Keyword Search, and Results.   I have tried this in the past and I will tell you it is hard to do.  When you do the searches, you need to break from the results and record what you have, and if your anything like me you want to just keep on clicking to see what that record looks like.  I use spreadsheets on  google drive for this purpose but I do think, I want to switch to a paper one to log notes and then transcribe it at a later time.

I also think that the term brick wall can be scary.  Walls keep people from passing.  It is that simple.  Don’t ever give up though.  Genealogy can be like a maze – there is bound to be a way to get through it and some may harder than others, and who knows what the next left turn will bring.

My Hungarian ancestry for instance.  The records have always been there at the Family History Center on microfilm but they were just that far out of reach at the time.  Now, with several of them online and better access to the Family History Center [and more knowledge of]  I am able to travel down that path as far as it will take me.I am fortunate that I don’t (yet) have anything I would consider a brick wall.  While I do have several unfinished ends, I don’t feel that I have researched any of them well enough to place them into that category.  Perhaps though that is what makes it a brick wall in the first place?  Something that gets in the way of your research to make you move on to something seemingly ‘simpler’.

For now though, I will continue to consider my Brick Walls to be nothing more than a bump in the road – some which may be nothing more than a spring pothole.

The Chelmsford Genealogy club meets the first Tuesday of the month at the Chelmsford Library, 25 Boston Road, Chelmsford MA.  Their Next meeting will feature Rhonda R McLure speaking on New England Research. (Link)(Facebook)