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.
Congratulations to Rebecca Delano (Bisbee) Hamlen, who is not actually a Delano but IS a 12-pilgrim descendant, tying with Jessie Murdock for most Mayflower ancestors. You will meet people today who have more than that but given that these people lived 200 years ago, 12 is pretty amazing.
I had heard of Washington Old Hall in northeastern England (Tyne and Wear), ancestral home of George Washington's "Wessyngton" ancestors by 1183 A.D. but apparently they picked up and moved west a couple of centuries later, then picked up and moved again centuries after that, winding up in the English Midlands at a place now called Sulgrave Manor. It was from there that the Washingtons who went to Virginia Colony in what would become the United States departed. (Side note: immigrant John Washington's father, Rev. Lawrence Washington (1602-1653), played an "instrumental" role in driving some of your New England ancestors out of the UK for religious reasons, according to his wikipedia writeup.) Visiting such locales on a trip to the UK can bring home some of the lessons your history teachers tried to hammer into your head.
The UK is actually stuffed with sites of historic interest. One way to find out which have a distinct American connection is via groups such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS), which organizes focused tours to destinations of member interest. If you are a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) member you can join an Overseas Chapter. (If you're a "pin person," yes, there's a pin for that.) In England, both the St. James Chapter in Westminster and the Walter Hines Page Chapter in London support the Benjamin Franklin House ("the world's only remaining Franklin home") and the American Museum in Britain ("the only museum of America decorative and folk art outside the U.S.") in Bath. The St. James Chapter also supports the John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum in Scotland and the Ulster American Folk Park Centre for Emigration Studies in Northern Ireland. (Side note to knitters: a company called "KnittingTours.com" will take you there.) The WHP Chapter supports Sulgrave Manor and the Second Air Division Memorial Library in Norwich, which includes some WWII air bases, for the modern or military history enthusiast. There are Overseas Chapters in 13 foreign countries and any DAR member can join for an Associate Membership fee of typically $15-35. I have belonged to the Walter Hines Page Chapter for about 5 years and have just applied to the St. James Chapter, and am a former member of the now-defunct Washington Old Hall chapter. DAR members, give it a try. The rest of you, broaden your horizons and visit another country. Both the UK and Netherlands, home of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, are easy places to venture forth if you're a first-time overseas traveler speaking only English.
Normally I don't like to keep dipping into the same book or the same family but mix it up to make this site of interest to ALL Mayflower descendants. Noticing that William Bradford was approaching the 100-descendant picture milestone, though, I could not resist, and posted a number of his Cleaveland/Cleveland descendants' images & bios.
Both spellings are found in the same family. The GSMD's silver books and thus the NEHGS's searchable Mayflower Families Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700-1880 database use "Cleveland." (The latter will find your person in a "Cleaveland" search but change the name to "Cleveland." So does Weebly's spellchecker, unfortunately.)
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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