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Sunday, December 13, 2009

postheadericon Amazing Break #2

While rummaging through things for my Lifebook for my paternal grandmother, I idly leafed through my father's baby book.  I knew about it and knew my grandmother had kept good records of my dad's early life, but did any of it pertain to HER early adulthood.  There in the back was something I had never noticed before...the newspaper article about her wedding.

It looks as if she glued the article into the book with mucilage and then covered it with cellophane tape.  The tape fell off as soon as I opened the book, taking some of the article with it.  I have reconstructed the text the best I can.  Every time I study it I work out another word or so.

postheadericon Amazing Breakthrough #1

We talk about "Brick Walls" all the time when we have a need for a piece of information that just doesn't seem to exist.  My Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather presents one of those Brick Walls for a whole slew of genealogists out there who are among his descendants.  He and his children seem to have been very prolific, with families of 12 to 17 children common.  I seem to run into these descendants on almost every big genealogy site and all have the same question..."Where did Newman Scarlett come from?"  Some of these genealogist-descendants are quite professional and advanced.

Well, I still don't have that answer but I WAS able to add to his story.  Years ago I set up several "Google Alerts".  I receive an email whenever a particular term shows up in a news story or website.  My two home towns, in Michigan and in Florida, and my "brick wall" ancestor's name.  What alerts I get usually are entertainment news with the names of actor Paul Newman next to fellow actor, Scarlett Johansson.  A couple of weeks ago, however, my ancestor's name was in an article from his town of Tewksbury, Massachusetts.  The newly formed historical society was setting about to photograph historic sites in their midst.  The first to be photographed was my ancestor's farm.  I immediately contacted a distant cousin who seems to be the most involved with the genealogy of our family.  Even she was not aware of the existence of the farm.  Several of us have now joined the new Historic Society and hope to visit and preserve the farmhouse, presently being considered for demolition.  My brother and I hope to visit Tewksbury this spring and look for a few other gems and take our own photos.  Of particular interest will be the possible existence of the old city hall and his clerk's office where he died behind his desk.  I also would like to locate the old map of the town he helped draw and design, and any old papers in his handwriting.