Since this is a picture-oriented site, I'm guessing that many of you, like me, enjoy looking for the oldest photos you can find of your ancestors. Maybe some of you have more than I do from the 1800s (four). Author Maureen Taylor, who has published two collections of photos of "the Revolutionary War generation" is asking for your help with volume 3 of The Last Muster (Kent State University Press, 2010 & 2013). My ancient Maryland ancestor was still trying to prove his service when he died in Massachusetts in 1854, for example. If you have a picture of James Hudson of Wareham, please let Maureen (and me) know. She is trying to find pictures from each of the 13 colonies, of men and women, of free folk and slaves, in other words a variety of people who were eyewitnesses to the creation of the United States of America as children or adults. You can find out more on Maureen Taylor's website. If any of you are fans of Dr. Who and/or the "All your fandom. All in one place" website/blog whyruntothetardis.com, you will want to check out Taylor's first volume, pages 88 & 89. Look at the man in the picture, then read his writeup all the way through to the end.
In the part of the country where these 4 states overlap, during the late 1700s they were organized into counties and districts that no longer exist. Even if you KNOW your people lived in Washington Co, PA, for example, you need to check these other states. And of course, county boundaries shifted. One site where you might find useful leads, at least, in the form of online indexes, is Loudon Co, VA, which earns kudos for having a Historic Records section. Maybe all VA counties do, I'm no VA expert, but it specifically advertises itself as the only county there that has all its records or nearly all. The Civil War (1861-65) wiped out many repositories in VA. Here is a link to the Loudon Co historic records site: https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?NID=2165. Then click on "Historic Records Indexes" on the left. Their "Historic Records Newsletter" is also worth downloading. The "Web Resources" link will take you to statewide resources, which I will check out later. One outmigration path from New England was through PA (often Washington Co) and during the 1600s some Allertons and Howlands had already emigrated to the Chesapeake bay area (DE, MD, VA).
The July 18 edition of the Weekly Genealogist that the NEHGS emails to members had a link to a Science News article on using particle accelerators to restore completely unreadable, tarnished daguerrotypes. Here is a link to the actual journal article in Scientific Reports, published June 22nd. It shows the before and after pictures and has the scientific details about how the process worked. These were images from the National Gallery of Canada. There is also a downloadable at the very end, labeled "Supplementary Material," with a little bit more. No word on when or if this is something other curators of photography exhibits would be able to access and restore these images from the 1840s-1860s.
If you read this today and wonder where the photos are of the Sibley brothers in the Samson and Howland-Tilley sections, they're there, somewhere. I uploaded each multiple times and they'd be there, then vanish. I will see if they are back tomorrow. I use weebly because it's free and easy to operate, not because the technical qualities are perfect. I'm not perfect, either, as I'm sure you can tell. My apologies for the Invisible Sibleys.
I ran across a writeup with no photo from a history of Union University (roughly near Albany, NY) about a graduate named Frank Hall Wright. He became a minister, like his father. The writeup mentioned that his mother was a missionary to the Indians of OK where she met his father, Rev. Allen Wright, a Choctaw Protestant minister. I have no clue what their supposed Doty and Brewster connections are, so until I find them, you can get to some of their photos via findagrave. In the findagrave section to your left, look for "Mitchell, Harriet Newell." Click on that and you will find photos of her husband and a number of their children.
I ran across another Mayflower descendant with a mixed marriage that produced a daughter by a Dakota woman in territorial Minnesota, I think about 1840. See the Henry Sibley writeups and links in the Howland-Tilley and Samson sections for what scant info there is and my request for images.
I came across this today while researching New York. I have not seen this anywhere else and don't know how new it is. Anyone have experience with Union Cemetery - how much slower/more complicate does this make findagrave requests? Costs?
With the addition of Gen 6 Mary Gorham Phinney, pilgrim Thomas Rogers has hit the coveted 100-descendant mark. Congratulations, and my thanks to all those people in the 1800s who put photos in their family histories. If you think you are a Rogers descendant, check out their family society, the Thomas Rogers Society, which has more information on the family's origins and straightens out which Rogers are Mayflower descendants and which are not. Their site also notes a Rogers DNA project, if you are a male straight-line Rogers, I'm sure they'd appreciate your input. It is apparently NOT part of the Guild of One-Name Studies, so maybe it includes all known descendants of just Thomas. If you find out, or if you learn what it is the Thomas Rogers Society has discovered thanks to DNA, please let me know. I don't see anything on their web site.
I love group photos. I found a book with a collage of 7 Thomas Rogers descendants, plus their mother, who was a non-Mayflower person. Next up will be the group photo of all the brothers, with their father (who is.) If you are of the Irish family of Gorham, ME, these might be your people.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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