If you are researching ancestors from southeastern MA, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island, like I am, it is easy to overlook their Dutch neighbors in New Amsterdam, part of the larger New Netherland colony in the 1600s. Well, there's a lineage society for that - the Holland Society of New York. Their research focus for the past 134 years has been the colonists and history of New Netherland. Recently I found an ancestor, Thomas Cornell, who had been in Rhode Island but went to what would today be the greater New York City metro area, got a land grant (along with other families), left after an Indian attack, went back again, and eventually died in RI. Anne Hutchinson and family were part of a group that left RI over religious issues and went to New York. Anne was killed in an Indian attack but left descendants. The Holland Society of New York has one requirement many (most) of us cannot meet: a straight male line of descent from that ancestor in New Netherland. In other words, if my surname were Cornell, I could join. There are other options for those of us whose surname changed, though. One is their "Friends Of" membership category, which costs $75 and includes "all the benefits" of membership except attendance at their annual meeting. Another option is to subscribe to their scholarly journal, De Halve Maen (named for the Half Moon, Henry Hudson's ship, if your Dutch is shaky.) Online it is just $15, and $45 for paper. A typical outmigration pattern from New England starting in the mid-late 1700s was into New York, along the Hudson River area settled by the Dutch, then across the state, intermarrying with the Dutch as they went. Also, people often tell me they can't possibly have any Mayflower ancestors because their ancestors settled in the Chesapeake Bay area, but the Allertons and Howlands sent contingents there in the 1600s. New Netherland reached that far. Particularly if you have anyone who ever set foot in what is today the New York City or Hudson River Valley areas or married into a Dutch family, The Holland Society of New York's research library, genealogical database, and journal may have the records you need to close your genealogical gaps.
Here is a link to a very interesting, albeit long, blogpost on BillionGraves explaining the difference between the it and Findagrave. Pictures and maps accompany the text so you can see what they mean and how it applies to your work if you are a genealogical researcher. Personally, I have felt that findagrave.com has gone downhill since being bought by ancestry.com, as I have found more misidentifications online than I had in the past and more postings of alleged graves with no stones or anything. People glom onto those memorials and add all kinds of things to them when, in fact, their ancestor ain't buried there. The down side to BillionGraves is that it only has a fraction of the number of memorials but they apparently have an app and are recruiting volunteers, so if you are a researcher, check it out. This is a multi-part post.
My pilgrim ancestors did not celebrate Easter, but I do. I hope all of you out there have a very blessed and holy Easter.
I found these links on the Plymouth 400 web site this evening - a site that is worth your checking out.
One is to a sample letter you can download and tweak, then send to the committee that approves new postage stamps. Certainly the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's arrival is stamp-worthy. The Postal Service issued a special stamp at an earlier Mayflower anniversary and 400 years certainly calls for a stamp or even a set of stamps. Consider downloading their model letter and firing off your own missive to Washington, D. C. Be a policy influencer! Then you can brag to your friends next year about how you helped make the Mayflower quadricentennial stamp set a reality. The Postal Service issues lots of commemorative stamps and likes ideas for compelling, colorful imagery with a U.S. theme so if you don't like the ideas suggested in the letter (and I do not) feel free to swap them out for your own.
The other is to their postal artwork contest. Thinking "positive," new stamps are issued with a cachet - a fancy envelope with a complimentary design, usually postmarked at a place related to the topic. An example would be an envelope with a fancy Plymouth Rock on it (I am obviously not artistically visionary enough to win this contest), bearing one or all of the commemorative stamps you have lobbied for, and postmarked at the Plymouth or Provincetown, MA postal service on the exact date of the 400th anniversary. That would go straight into many a philatelist's collection. They need your artistic contributions, though. And teachers, assigning this as a project is a clever way to combine history and art for a curriculum double-whammy. Yes, ordinary people and ordinary artists do design the Postal Service's stamps and I believe they do pay, so when you're done with your cachet design, try for the stamp.
Congratulations to Richard Warren, who still leads the list of pilgrims whose descendants had their picture taken. He just passed the 300 mark with the addition of 6 Bisbees from Buckfield, ME. They are also descendants of Dr. Samuel Fuller, the Billington family, Francis Eaton, Degory Priest, and Isaac Allerton. If you descend from anyone in Oxford County, Maine, their write-ups are worth a look for the lineages and the cautionary tale they tell. I will leave you to find that in the Allerton section.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society is bringing its DNA expertise to Arizona in May. There's an evening soiree at a western museum in Scottsdale but the main event is a 7-hour workshop hosted by two NEGHS researchers, "Leveraging DNA in Your Family History Research." The cost is $125, which includes admission to the Heard Museum, a renowned gallery of primarily modern Native American art in downtown Phoenix. The NEHGS's American Ancestors web site is the place to register: https://www.americanancestors.org/education/events-and-programs/american-ancestors-in-arizona
Happy birthday to my husband, who is frustrated that he is not having one of those birthdays that you can reverse to appear much younger. (For example, I recently turned 36.) I appreciate him very much.
I hope he sees this! Ron, I got a message in a gmail account that weebly thinks I check more than I do, telling me there was a reply to a blog post and actually showing your message. I had seen a message recently that someone had posted something but when I checked I had found nothing. If I understood weebly's message correctly, you had posted your question in January 2019 but as a reply to a July 2017 birthday photo I put up when my late father turned 93. Hopefully you didn't actually post your question in 2017! Anyway, I apologize for the delay. I did post a reply just now, the short version of which is "if you have not done a Mayflower Lineage Match through the GSMD, start there." If you cannot find the reply, you can email me and I'll send it to you that way. Or maybe by now you have found your missing Cooke link. Happy hunting, Ron, and thank you for the message.
Or maybe I should say "capitations." To keep this site down to a workable size, I'm going to commence cropping all photos possible to head shots. No more finery or formal poses; they take too much room. The writeups have always listed the source of the photo for you to obtain for yourself if you would like to see the whole thing. (Some are pretty interesting, and I usually comment if there is something noteworthy about the full-size original.) I will also be trimming the writeups of pilgrims with 200 or more descendants who have multiple writeups elsewhere because duplication also takes up space. Right now that is the Warrens and the Alden-Mullinses but the Cookes and Howland-Tilleys are also sneaking up on the 200-descendant mark. The purpose of this web site is to look for family resemblances and maybe take an informed guess as to what our progenitors actually looked like. Lineage hints are nice and hopefully helpful but just a bonus.
In today's NEHGS online member newsletter was a link to Photo Detective Maureen Taylor's web site, where she has posted three short (15-minute) films she made with Kickstarter money, profiling three Revolutionary War individuals. (Click here to go to the site.) The 3 are NH soldier Eleazer Blake, Quaker Molly Ferris Akin of MA & ME, and Agrippa Hull, a free black soldier from MA. Check them out and let us know what you think. The length seems perfect for a classroom, a club meeting, or a quick history break,
The author is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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