Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ Three from one beach in Maine

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

I post a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vanes were photographed in Maine.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #294?  Scroll down to find the answer.




These three weather vanes were photographed last summer at Wells Beach in Maine.  We drove along Atlantic Avenue and looked among the summer cottages for interesting weathervanes, and we weren't disappointed.  There were many weathervanes there, but these three were some of the best, as well as the best representation of a beachside community.  I love the three dimensional crane (we saw many cranes and wading birds in the marsh while driving out on the causeway to Atlantic Avenue).  The three dimensional sperm whale is superb, since most whale weathervanes are only two dimensional silhouettes  (and I love the weathered patina, too).   The two masted sailing ship caught our eye against the bright blue sky.

Take a drive along Atlantic Avenue in Wells Beach and see all the other weathervanes. You might even find some that we missed!  For more  shiny, new, copper weather vanes stop at Weathervanes of Maine on Rt. 1 in Wells, not far from the beach, to see a whole collection.  The store is owned by the McElvain family, second generation Maine coppersmiths.

Weathervanes of Maine  http://www.weathervanesofmaine.com/
1451 Post Road (Rt. 1)
Wells, Maine
201-848-8163
weathervanesofmaine@yahoo.com


Click here to see the entire series of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ Three from one beach in Maine", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 18, 2016,  (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/weathervane-wednesday-three-from-one.html: accessed [access date]).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday ~ Elder William Choate, died 1835 in Londonderry, New Hampshire

This tombstone was photographed at Forest Hill Cemetery in Derry, New Hampshire.  At the time William Choate was living, this was the town of Londonderry, New Hampshire.



In memory of
ELDER WM. CHOATE
Who died Jan 4, 1835
AEt. 75

Mrs.  SUSANNA
Wife of Elder Wm. Choate
Died April 23, 1829
AEt. 64

CAPT. JOHN CHOATE
Master of Brig Caesar of Bos-
ton, Lost at sea Oct. 21, 1817
AEt. 26

Also
DAVID CHOATE
His 2nd officer, AEt. 22
They were driven from
Their mooring during a
Hurricane in the W.
Indies

I was surprised to find one of my ancestral names CHOATE here in landlocked Derry, New Hampshire.  The name originated in Essex, Massachusetts, the former Chebacco Parish of Ipswich.  Many members of this family were mariners, fishermen and ship builders.  They lived on Hog Island, off the coast of Chebacco.  

The first CHOATE in New England was John Choate (about 1624 – 1695) and his wife Ann.  He is my 9th great grandfather, and I descend from two of his eight children.   William Choate (1759 - 1835) was the great, great, great grandson of John Choate, the immigrant, through his son Thomas Choate (1671 - 1745), my 8th great grandfather.

William Choate, son of William Choate and Mary Giddings, was born 10 August 1759 in the Chebacco Parish of Ipswich, Massachusetts and died 4 January 1835 in Londonderry, New Hampshire; married on 19 August 1784 to his third cousin, Susannah Choate, daughter of Humphrey Choate and Ruth Lufkin.  She was born 12 June 1765 in the Chebacco Parish, and died 11 April 1829 in Londonderry.   They had the following children:

1. William, 18 April 1785, born in the Chebacco parish
2. Susanna, August 21, 1786, born in Londonderry, as well as the rest of her siblings
3. John,  May 13, 1788  (see above)
4. Sally, April 11, 1790
5. Lydia, April 1, 1792
6. Nabby, March 21, 1793
7. David, March 30, 1795  (see above)
8. George, June 23, 1797
9. Mary, Ocober 6, 1798
10. Nathan, June 30, 1801
11. Hannah, May 27, 1804
12. George Washington, December 12, 1806

William Choate sold half his farm on Hog Island off the coast of the Chebacco Parish to George Choate, and he removed to Londonderry, New Hampshire on August 30, 1785.  Members of the Choate family lived on Hog Island since immigrant John Choate came to Massachusetts, and still lived there for many years after William left for New Hampshire.  He was a selectman in Londonderry for six years, and a representative to the New Hampshire legislature from 1796 to 1797. 

For the truly curious:

The Choates in America: 1643 – 1896, by E . O. Jameson,  1896

The Heroes of the American Revolution and Their Descendants, by Henry Whittemore, page 164 


My two Choate lineages can be seen at this link:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Tombstone Tuesday ~ Elder William Choate, died 1835 in Londonderry, New Hampshire", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 17, 2017, ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/tombstone-tuesday-elder-william-choate.html: accessed [access date]). 

Monday, January 16, 2017

My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 6

An advertisement for Hoogerzeil Express in the 1920 Beverly, Mass. City Directory, page 49

This is another installment of a transcription of my grandmother's 1920 diary.  Gertrude Hitchings (1905 - 2001) was only fifteen years old when she wrote this tiny 3" diary in Beverly, Massachusetts.  You can read the first installment HERE.  I'll be posting sections of this diary every week for Amanuensis Monday posts.


March 10 - 15, 1920


WED. MAR 10, 1920
Got up at 6.30 walked to
school and back awful warm with
bad walking.  home all afternoon
Mrs. Butler over. Went sliding after
supper but didn’t’ stay.  Bobby Brick [?}
and ^Marion & Adolf up tonight.  Ma & Pa
over Mrs. Butler’s bed at 10.15

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THURSDAY 11
Got up 6/45 walked to
school and back, rained a little this
noon.  bad walking.  Home
all afternoon.  Went down
Marion’s after supper.
Pa went over to see Russell.
I came home at 9.30 bed at 10.15

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FRIDAY 12
Go up at 7 went to school
at 7.15 had an assembly
home at 1.30.  Home all afternoon
Mrs. Butler over, raining this p.m.
Went to the pictures with Marion
and her father home 10.30 bed 10.45

[Notes:  Marion could be Marion Hoogerzeil (1904 - 1953), Gertrude’s first cousin.  The Hoogerzeils lived at #5 Union Street.   Marion’s father would have been Gertrude’s Uncle Alonzo Hoogerzeil (1875 – 1946).  Ma's maiden name was Florence Etta Hoogerzeil. They were the children of Peter Hoogerzeil, Jr. (1841 - 1908) who started the Hoogerzeil Express company in Beverly (see the advertisement above)  By 1920 it was being run by John E. Healey, Etta's brother.  

Gertrude mentions going to “the pictures” with Marion and her father.  This would be the moving pictures or movies.  My grandmother always called movies “the pictures”, even if she watched “a picture on TV last night”. ]

SAT. MAR. 13, 1920
Got up at 8.00 had breakfast
worked around the house all
the morning.  Raining hard.
Went over Mrs. Butler’s after
dinner and helped her she cut
her hand. Came home got supper
and went to bed at 9.20 P.M.

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SUNDAY 14
Up at 9.00 took a bath had break-
fast.  Helen, Ellsworth, Russell,
Ethel and Mr. Lowell came
over to dinner.  Went down
Marion’s after dinner.  Helen
and Ellsworth stayed here all
night went to bed at 9.15

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MONDAY 15
Got up at 6.15 went to school
Helen & Ellsworth went home at 11
Got a ride home with Mr. Put-
num.  Went down the store
with Marion.  Ma not well. Home
all evening.  Marion up. Cars running again
                                        bed at 9.00


[Notes:  Gertrude's two eldest siblings were married and living away.  Her sister Helen and her husband Herbert Ellsworth Robson were living in Weymouth, and her brother Russell and his wife, Ethel, were living in Lynn.  They were all together for Sunday dinner on the 14th. 

Ma, my great grandmother Florence Etta (Hoogerzeil) Hitchings (1871 - 1941) had TB and was not well.  She was often in Danvers State Hospital during Gertrude’s childhood.]

March 16 - 21, 1920


TUES. MAR 16
Got up at 6.45 rode to school
today in the car.  Got home 1.15
Went over Magilsons with Marion
She worked over there today  stayed
until 6.  Ma is better today
Home all evening  Ma and Pa
are over Butlers went to bed 10.

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WEDNESDAY 17
St. Patrick’s day
Up at 7.00 went to school, got
home at 1.15  Mabel came
up stayed all afternoon.  I went to
class meeting at 3.00 got home 4.15
went down Marion’s.  Marion
up all the evening until
8.30 went to bed at 9.30

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THURSDAY 18
Got up at 7.00 went to
school home at 1.15.  Went
up to Marion’s cousins with
her.  Went to club after
supper.  Mrs. Butler & Mrs Small
over.  Went to bed at 10.15

[NOTES:  Gertrude was happy to take a car to take a car (trolley) to school today.  Did they stop running in the winter? Were they on strike?

The Magilson family lived at 154 Bridge Street in Beverly.  They were from Holland, just like the Hoogerzeil family. I don’t think they were relatives.  Notice that on the 16th Marion helped out the Magilson family, and on the 13th Gertrude helped out Mrs. Butler, who had cut her hand. ]


FRI. MAR 19, 1920
Got up at 7.00 went to
school. Home at 1.15  Ma
& Pa gone to Russell’s.  Went
riding on Eunice’s bike.  Home alone
all the evening.  Eunice
and Hollis gone to pictures
went to bed at 9.15

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SATURDAY 20
Got up at 7.00 snowing
hard this morning.   Worked
around the house all
morning.  Home all
afternoon and evening
tatting.  Went to bed
at 9.30

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SUNDAY 21
Got up at 8.45 had
breakfast went to church
home at 12.30 had dinner
Went to walk with Marion
after dinner.  Home all evening
went to bed at 10. O’clock.

[NOTES:  Ma and Pa, my great grandparents, went to visit Russell, their oldest son, who was recently married and living in Lynn.  Gertrude again mentions going to “the pictures” AKA the movies.  

Gertrude loved tatting and knitting.  I remember my grandmother always doing handwork, and every Christmas she would knit something, sometimes just socks or mittens, for everyone in the family.  This was quite a feat because she had seven children, their spouses, and 29 grandchildren to knit for every Christmas!  It was your lucky year if you received a Christmas sweater from Nana! 

This is one of the few entries where Gertrude mentions going to church.  I don't know which church the family attended in Beverly.]

Part One of my grandmother's diary can be found at this link:


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "My Grandmother’s Diary ~ Part 6", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 16, 2017, (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/my-grandmothers-diary-part-6.html: accessed [access date]). 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Surname Saturday ~ JONES of Wales and Boston, Massachusetts

Vincent and I at Washington Place, Honolulu, Hawaii
the home built by my 4th great aunt
Mary Lambert (Jones) Dominis, born in Boston, 1803.
This was Queen Lili'uokalani's last residence,
and the current governor's residence.

My 6th great grandfather, Owen Jones, born about 1735, was a Royal Customs agent at Aberystwyth, Wales and also a customs agent at Boston, Massachusetts (probably before the Revolutionary War).  His son, Owen Jones, my 5th great grandfather, was born about 1768 in Wales and he married Elizabeth Lambert in Boston.  Apparently the rest of the family returned to Wales, and Owen, Jr. stayed in Boston.  Owen’s sister, Ann, is buried at Aberystwyth with the following epitaph:

“Here lies the body of Ann, the daughter of Owen Jones, Collector of the Customs at Aberystwyth, by Ann, his wife, who was born at Boston, New England on the 17th of February 1769, and departed this life the 18th of February 1791, aged 22 years. Also to the above named Owen Jones, who departed this life the 28th of February 1798, aged 62”

Owen Jones, Jr. was a mariner, and he lived at Ship Street in Boston’s North End in the 1810, 1820 and 1820 censuses and city directories.  In the 1842 Boston directory he was living at 199 Hanover Street, also in the North End.  His death notice in the New England Historic Genealogical Society Register, Vol. 4, page 293 (July 1850) reads: “Jones, Mr. Owen, Dorchester, 22 April, ae 82, formerly of Boston”.    His obituary in the Boston Evening Transcript, 22 April 1850, page 2 reads “At Dorchester, this morning, at the residence of Wm. Hart, Mr. Owen Jones, 82, formerly of this city.  Funeral services at the house of Enoch H. Snelling, No. 108 Salem Street, on Tuesday, at 3 ½ o’clock PM. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.”   William Hart was his son-in-law (married to his daughter Agnes Jones), and Enoch Snelling was another son-in-law (married to his eldest daughter Sarah Dargue Jones).

Owen Jones married Elizabeth Lambert and had eight children.  Six daughters, and two sons (one died young, the other died at sea unmarried).   One of these daughters was my 4th great grandmother, Catherine Plummer Jones (about 1799 – 1828).  Another daughter was Mary Lambert Jones (1803 – 1889), who married Capt. John Dominis and removed to the Kingdom of Hawaii where she became the mother-in-law to Queen Liliuokalani.  Two other daughters are named above, and the other two were Laura Williams Jones, who married John Lee, and Anne Marie Stanwood Jones, who was the first wife of Robert William Holt who also removed to the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Catherine Plummer (Jones) Younger died at age 29 and left her husband a widower with young children.  Their daughter, my 3rd great grandmother Mary Esther Younger, was adopted by her aunt Mary (Younger) Harris and raised in Boston.  It was a letter written by her nephew, William Lee, to his aunt Mary Dominis in Hawaii that told me the connection to Queen Liliuokalani.  This letter in the Hawaii State Archives, dated May 9, 1887, was written when Princess Liliuokalani, her husband Governor John Owen Dominis, and Queen Kapiolani were visiting relatives in Boston enroute to Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebration in London.  “…I tell you Aunt Dominis, the Jones & Lambert race will never die out!... [mentions Esther Emerson]… you can easily see the coming of the Queen and her party has been a marked event with our people.”  [M-93 Lili’uokalani Collection, Box 9, Folder 94 (years 1185 – 1888, #1164, s.n. 1305, Hawai’i State Archives]. 

Another letter dated May 11, 1887 from Governor John Owen Dominis to his mother says “Yesterday forenoon we had a reception for all my Cousins and aunts and nearly all were here…. The Queen and Lydia [Liliuokalani’s Christian name] had quite a jolly time with our cousins – Lydia has the names of all who were here.”  [ibid]

Esther Emerson, who met the Royal party in Boston, lived at #57 Nixon Street in Boston.  Her 1913 death record in the Massachusetts vital records gives her maiden name as Younger and her adopted name of Harris, as well as her parents and husband’s names.  She is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Boston.   My great grandmother, Carrie Maude (Batchelder) Allen, died during my lifetime, and she was alive during the Queen’s visits to Boston both in 1887 and later after the overthrow of the monarchy.  She remembers visiting with “Auntie Lydia” and was one of the cousins mentioned in the letters above.   It was Great Grandmother Carrie’s insistence that we had a princess in our family tree that led me to start tracing this line back in the 1970s – my first foray into genealogy!

My JONES genealogy:

Generation 1:  Owen Jones, born about 1735, died 28 February 1798 in Aberystwth, Wales; married to Anne Unknown.  Two known children (probably more)

Generation 2:  Owen Jones, born about 1768 in Wales, died 22 April 1850 in Dorchester, Massachusetts; married on 11 May 1793 at the 2nd Baptist Church, Boston, Massachusetts to Elizabeth Lambert.  She was born about 1775 and died 6 February 1834 in Boston.  Eight children

Generation 3:  Catherine Plummer Jones, born about 1799, died 2 May 1828 probably in Boston; married on 23 October 1816 in Gloucester, Massachusetts to Levi Younger, son of Levi Younger and Mary Wotton.  He was born 1 May 1786 in Gloucester, and died 8 December 1858 in Boston.  Five children.

Generation 4:  Mary Esther Younger, born 17 February 1826, died 7 January 1913 in Boston; married on 11 August 1845 in Boston to George Emerson, son of Romanus Emerson and Jemima Burnham.  He was born 11 July 1817 in South Boston, and died 11 January 1890 in Dorchester.  Eight children.

Generation 5: Mary Katharine Emerson m. George E. Batchelder
Generation 6:  Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 7: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, " Surname Saturday ~ JONES of Wales and Boston, Massachusetts ", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 14, 2017,  (http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/surname-saturday-jones-of-wales-and.html: accessed [access date]). 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Weird Search Terms


It’s been about two years since I’ve published a list of weird search terms.  For a while, I wasn’t recording some of very odd ones, and so unfortunately they all have been lost.  But here are some doozies I do remember, and some strange ones I remembered to write down.

Remember, these are the actual words someone "Googled" to land at my blog. 

For some of the past funny search term blog posts, see the links below.

Google                                                My comments

Throat Distemper                              Yes, it’s a real disease, called Diptheria today
Glosster Massitchuchest                   Really?  And you landed at my blog?
Photo of French and Indian War      Let me call Dr. Who…
Photo of Johnny Appleseed              Darn!  His camera needs recharging!
Who was burned in Salem?              No one, they were hanged
Cast iron coffins                                  Again, why my blog?
Photo of Gov. Roger Conant            See above
Queen Victoria’s Legs                        OK, this one made me curious.  I had to Google, too
Sam Adams isn’t here?                      Nope. Nor is Budweiser
Is your ancestor a Pilgrim?               Yes, but is YOUR ancestor one, too?
Maine’s grandmother                       ????

Just Plain Odd…

Dirty genealogy
How to hang a witch
Is it wrong to marry ancestors
Tombstone towels

For the truly curious:
Weird Search Terms July 2011

Weird Search Terms May 2012

Weird Search Terms February 2013

Weird Search Terms October 2013

Weird Search Terms March 2014

Weird Search Terms December 2014


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weird Search Terms", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 13, 2016,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/weird-search-terms.html: accessed [access date]). 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weathervane Wednesday ~ On the road to a famous Maine lighthouse

It's Weathervane Wednesday!

I post a series of weather vane photographs every Wednesday.  This started with images of weathervanes from the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, but now I've found interesting weather vanes all across New England and across the globe.  Sometimes my weather vanes are whimsical, or historical, but all are interesting.  Often my readers tip me off to some very unique or unusual weathervanes, too!  If you know a great weather vane near you, let me know if you'd like to have it featured on this blog.

Today's weather vanes were photographed in Maine.

Do you know the location of weathervane post #293?  Scroll down to find the answer.




And right next door another great weathervane!




These two nautically themed weather vanes were photographed on Nubble Road in York Beach, Maine.  Both houses were side by side, not too far from the very famous Nubble Lighthouse.  The first is a very beautiful three dimensional three masted sailing ship.  Even the rigging is included on this weathervane.   The second weather vane is a two dimensional sperm whale.  These two houses are waterfront property facing the Atlantic Ocean, the Isles of Shoals and Long Sands at York Beach.  They are very beautiful properties, especially considering that they are both a short walk to Nubble Light, the most photographed lighthouse in Maine. 


Nubble Light as seen from Sohier Park

Click here to see the entire series of Weathervane Wednesday posts!

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Weathervane Wednesday ~ On the road to a famous Maine lighthouse", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 11, 2017,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/weathervane-wednesday-on-road-to-famous.html: accessed [access date]). 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ten New Genealogy Blogs about New England


Every month of the 10th day I publish a blog post with a top ten list…

It’s been a long time since I listed some great New England genealogy bloggers. In that time, many new bloggers have started posting.  Here are some new ones about New England genealogy  (or new-to-me blogs) you should try out!
In no particular order:

1.  Marblehead Musings by Marge Armstrong   https://marbleheadmusings.wordpress.com/

2.  Fletcher Family Tree by Jake Fletcher  https://travelyourgenealogy.com/

3.  Beautiful Water  by Christine McCloud  https://beautifulwatergenealogy.wordpress.com/

4.  Pine Trees and Pedigrees  by Kathleen McCracken  http://pinetreesandpedigrees.blogspot.com/

5. Genealogy Adventures by Brian Sheffey   https://genealogyadventures.wordpress.com/

6.  Genealogy in West Brookfield by Leah Smith http://genealogyinwestbrookfieldmass.blogspot.com/

7.  Between the Leaves by Deborah Lee Stewart   https://deborahleestewart.wordpress.com/

8.   From Shepards and Shoemakers  by Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz   https://fromshepherdsandshoemakers.wordpress.com/

9.  Discovering Your Past by Dan Young https://discoveringyourpast.wordpress.com/ 
ALSO - Enjoy Dan's genealogy videos on YouTube, produced for Nashua, New Hampshire's public access TV channel  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWqxty9X_5ZyIlE2t6ymh3g  

10. Kate’s Kin-nections by Kate Lowrie    http://kateskinnections.blogspot.com/


For a full listing of all the New England Genealogy bloggers, try this link:

Do you know of any other new New England genealogy blogs?  Let me know about them in the comments or send an email to vrojomit@gmail.com

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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Ten New Genealogy Blogs about New England",  Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 10, 2017,  ( http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2017/01/ten-new-genealogy-blogs-about-new.html :  accessed [access date]).

Monday, January 9, 2017

Top Blog Posts for 2016 and other statistics


The new year caused me to explore my 2016 blog statistics.  I decided to post the top ten stories just for fun.  My blog is not monetized, so I check my stats just out of pure curiosity. 

Here are the top ten blog posts for Nutfield Genealogy – in reverse order.  I’ve provided the links, just in case you missed these stories the first time they posted.

1.  "Ten Things to Know About Researching A Witch in Your Family Tree"
The 1692 Salem Witch trials are always a popular event in American history, and it seems that many people want to know if there is “witch” in their family tree.  Personally, this episode makes me very sad, and finding a witch in my tree was not a happy occasion for me.

2.  "My Mayflower Passengers"
I’ve published this list a few times over the years, and it is always popular, especially near Thanksgiving time.  I’ve also made a lot of cousin connections this way!

3.  "Ten Things to Know About Researching a Pilgrim in Your Family Tree"
This story posted in 2015, but it made the top ten list for 2016.  See #2 on this list.

4.  "Fruitlands Exhibit of “New England Portraits”
This story posted in 2013, and it was not very popular at all.  Then it was picked up by social media knitting groups and it went viral for a few years.  It still made the top ten list this year.  Apparently one of the nineteenth century portraits of a woman knitting is of particular interest to knitters. Check it out for yourself to see what all the hoopla is about!

5.  "Surname Saturday ~ FOWLE of Charlestown and Woburn, Massachusetts"
I have no idea why this story is so popular.  FOWLE is not a very well-known surname in New England, and it is not attached any famous figures in history.  I have written over 250 Surname Saturday stories, and this one consistently makes the top ten list every year since it was written in 2012.  Is there a FOWLE in your family tree, too?

6.  "Ten Ways to be a Good Ancestor"
This story was my attempt at a bit of humor, and I guess I pulled it off!

7.   "10 Unexpected Places to Find Family History Online"
This was one of my first “Top Ten” stories, written nearly two years ago, and it is the most popular of all. 

8.  "University of Durham Team is Reaching Out to the Descendants of 17th Century Scottish Prisoners"
This story went viral for a few days when this event was happening in Saugus, Massachusetts just a few months ago.  I usually don’t blog much about current events, but since two of my ancestors were Scots Prisoners of War I was very interested in this story and attending the lecture.  I guess a lot of other people were interested, too.

9.  "Flora Stewart – Black History Month in Londonderry"
Over 10,000 people have read this story over the past five years.  I have no idea why this story is so compelling to readers, although the photograph of Flora Stewart is interesting and her story is quaint.  But I’m glad that a story about a minority figure from New Hampshire has captured the imaginations of so many readers, because New Hampshire has a dearth of minority and African American stories.

10.  "A Favorite Christmas Gift!  You might want one, too!"
This post is my top most popular of all time.  The story was posted in 2012 and immediately went viral on Pinterest and Buzz Feed.  I was a bit resentful at first because I would have preferred that a history or genealogy story was my most popular.  However, according to my blog statistics, there have been over 210,000 hits to this story.  I’m hoping that all the crafty people who read it also clicked on a few genealogy posts, and maybe a few of those readers became hooked on genealogy, too. 

Top Ten Traffic Sources for 2016
1. Facebook
2.  Google
3.  BuzzFeed
4. Pinterest
5. Mobile Facebook
6. All Created
7.  Yahoo
8.   Bing
9.  “Family Tree Maker User” a blog  by Russ Worthington  http://ftmuser.blogspot.com/
10.  “Nutfield Genealogy”

Other odd facts
First blog post -  27 July 2009
Total blog posts - 2362
Published comments (minus spam)- 4781
Page views all time history (as of January 4, 2017)-  1,930,145

Top Five Search Keywords (phrases)
1.  “White Horse”
2.   “Maria Del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa…”
3.   “Flora Stewart”
4.   “Kilcher Family Tree”
5.   “Thanksgiving Proclamation”

Total Blog Posts by Year
2009  - 75 posts
2010  - 337 posts
2011  - 341 posts
2012  - 346 posts
2013  - 349 posts
2014  - 309 posts
2015  -  291 posts 
2016 –  286 posts


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