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Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words: April 6 with Miss Beth

Wiggle Words from Facebook Live, April 6, 2020.

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Irish Genealogy - May the records rise to meet you!

Irish Genealogy - May the Records Rise to Meet You!

If you want to work on your Irish genealogy, you have to understand how the Irish people made their way around the world. Saint Patrick's Day has become a global holiday due mostly to the centuries long disapora of the Irish people. Irish emigration is an essential element in many family history...

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City Directories can reveal a great deal about your ancestors

Find Your Ancestors with US City Directories

Resourceful genealogists love city directories for piecing together the WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW their ancestors lived. Recently Ancestry.com updated it's US City Directory Collection to include content up for US cities up to 1995. Library patrons can the Memorial Hall Library Ancestry.com...

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Latin Language Roman Catholic Baptismal Register

Translating Vital Records for Genealogy: Polish, German, Latin, and Russian

Has your family history research hit a brick wall because you need help making sense of handwritten genealogical records in Polish, German, Latin, and/or Russian? ...

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Glean rich family history from obituaries!

HeritageQuest now includes obituaries from Newspapers.com

Glean rich family history from obituaries!

Genealogists rely on obituries for family history clues! Now you can use HeritageQuest to find obituary information from U.S. newspapers dating back...

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Shining city on a hill

Once Upon A Time In Boston - A Gritty City Literary Timeline

Consider Boston, a shining "city on a hill." John Winthrop, the Puritan Bay Colony Governor, set the bar high quoting the New Testament to ascribe grand aspirations to a small peninsula sourounded by swampland.  Nineteenth century engineers that filled in what we now call the Back Bay...

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Edna Brown, 1922

Special Exhibit: Edna Brown, our second Head Librarian

Stop by the 1st floor exhibit case to see our spring display about the life and work of Edna Adelaide Brown.  Miss Brown, as she was affectionately known, served as Memorial Hall Library's second Head Librarian from 1906 until 1939.  Born in Providence, R.I. to a prominent merchant family with...

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N. Andover Hometown Sox Pitcher Robbie Robinson

"To Be Like Sandy Koufax" Researching Rookie Ball Players for Ancestry or Just for Fun!

Do you have a baseball player in your family history? Or, are you just a baseball history fanatic? A new record set available through our Ancestry Library Edition subscription is ...

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Great Migration Parish Mapping App

Map Your Early American Ancestors

Tracking the lives of your early-American ancestors is easier and more meaningful than ever thanks to a new dynamic map from the New England Historic Genealogical Societ...

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Tracing Love & Marriage in Your Family Tree

Marriage Records for Genealogy

The February 14th meeting of the Discover Your Past Genealogy Club focused on researching marriages.  What follows is an excerpt from the talk.  
For genealogists, marriage records are often the most important building blocks of family trees...

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