.. that when you make plans, life tends to get in the way. Back in June I wanted to start posting here again, but things happen and decisions needed to be made. But enough about that. This is a genealogy blog after all right?
A while back someone shared with me a website that has free digital copies of many old US newspapers. I’ve tried looking at newspapers.com but they didn’t have any newspapers from Vermont at the time. Taking a shot in the dark I started looking up my ancestors. To my surprise I found quite a few of them. I had no idea that back in the late 1800’s any news was worthy of being posted in the newspapers.
Mr. Fuller is my 3x great grandfather. Along with his father in law Luther Blanchard, I have found nearly a hundred little snippets like the one above. I’m slowly starting to look up my aunts/uncles and cousins in these newspapers to get a better look at the life my family had. While I was looking for possible criminal cases, births, marriage, or deaths, I think I found something much more valuable to my research.
When I started searching for my family, I wanted to get to know the people who had helped create me. They were real living, breathing human beings and I feel closer to them each day I found an article like the one above. I can’t wait to start sharing these snapshots into my ancestors lives with you all.
** The website I mentioned is Chronicling America **
Ah, it feels so good to stretch my genealogy legs this week. As some things settle down in my life I’ll finally be able to get back to writing about my family tree. I have so much I wanted to write about the Fuller and Blanchard families. It’s been nearly 3 months since I last posted, but it feels so much longer.
So on this Father’s Day, I’m going to do all my ancestor dad’s proud and pick up that binder and begin retelling their stories. Let them never be forgotten!
Here lyes ye [the] body of
Ensign Thomas Lynd[e]
Aged 78 years died ye [the]
15 of October 1693.
Also the body of
Elizabeth his wife.
Aged 81 years died ye [the]
2 of September 1693.
Thomas and Elizabeth are buried in Bell Rock Cemetery in Malden, Mass.
Thomas Lynde house, Melrose, MA 1670-1956
Thomas Fuller house in Middleton, Mass in 2010.
Ordination of Rev Thomas Carter. Painting by Albert Thompson