Friday, January 27, 2012

Bucket List Genea Meme

I saw this post by Heather Wilkinson Rojo at Nutfield Genealogy and decided to get in on the action.  Credit for this cool idea goes to Jill Ball, an Australian genealogy blogger at Geniaus. So, here goes:

The Bucket List GeneaMeme

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you would like to do or find: Bold Type
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments after each item. 

1.                  The genealogy conference I would most like to attend is - I honestly have no idea!

2.                  The genealogy speaker I would most like to hear and see is Megan Smolenyak.

3.                  The geneablogger I would most like to meet in person is everybody I have befriended on Facebook.  We need to organize a party.  ;)

4.                  The genealogy writer I would most like to have dinner with is - Alas, no idea.

5.                  The genealogy lecture I would most like to present - and the talk I have actually given - is a basic "How To" for those who want to get started.  This is usually all it takes to get people impassioned about genealogy.

6.                  I would like to go on a genealogy cruise that visits northwestern Italy.

7.                  The photo I would most like to find is - my great-great grandmother, Emma Anna (Murphy) (Regan) Shaw.

8.                  The repository in a foreign land I would most like to visit is pretty much any in the Busca and Moneglia areas of Italy, where my great-great grandparents were born.

9.                  The place of worship I would most like to visit is – I haven't the vaguest idea...  However, since I have 2 more years left in England, I plan to visit a few to see what I can discover.  It's not a huge deal to me, but it's also not an opportunity that I will allow to pass me by.

10.              The cemetery I would most like to visit is - I can't think of one.  Thus far, I have visited all the cemeteries of interest to me.  However, when I discover where certain relatives are buried, I'm sure I will want to go there.  :)

11.              The ancestral town or village I would most like to visit is a tie between Busca and Moneglia, Italy.  Many of the towns in England are a given and I am plotting my research on a map. 

12.              The brick wall I most want to smash is Emma Anna (Murphy) (Regan) Shaw.  She has eluded us for so long!

13.              The piece of software I most want to buy - I can't think of one.  I love Legacy 7.5.

14.              The tech toy I want to purchase next is - none.  I'm not much of a tech person.

15.              The expensive book I would most like to buy is - the Great Migration Series by Robert Charles Anderson - all the volumes!

16.              The library I would most like to visit is - Salt Lake City, Family History Library

17.              The genealogy related book I would most like to write is - well, when I figure it out, I'll tell you.

18.              The genealogy blog I would most like to start would be about  - Hmm...  I think I'm good with this one.

19.              The journal article I would most like to write would be about - finding great-great grandma Emma, when it happens!

20.              The ancestor I most want to meet in the afterlife is - once more, great-great grandma Emma.  She can't hide forever.  ;)

Hop on over to the Geniaus blog and add your list to Jill's comments or, if you have your own blog, please join the meme and pass it on!

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan

Monday, January 16, 2012

Bartlett Tid-Bit

One of the important things I do twice a year is prepare "The Bartlett Line." As the editor for the newsletter of the Society of Descendants of Robert Bartlett, I try to make sure the newsletter includes reports from the Society's officers, news about new discoveries (which one of our members, David T. Robertson, is very good about finding and sharing), and updates about the Bartlett DNA project.

Something I particularly enjoy is going back through the minutes of Society meetings of long ago.  When I took over the position of editor in 2007 (from the wonderful Robert L. Bartlett, who served as editor for 8 years), I understood that it would not be incredibly time-consuming, but that it would require a great deal of creativity.

After all, amazing new discoveries about our Bartlett ancestors are not made every day, and sometimes you have to find another perspective to keep things interesting.

Since I was voted in as editor at the 100th reunion - and what a lovely time we had a Plimoth Plantation during that weekend in 2008! - I decided that it was appropriate to include a little "100 Years Ago in Bartlett Society History..." column in the back of each newsletter.

It was very exciting for me to receive the History of the Society of Descendants of Robert Bartlet of Plymouth, Massachusetts, compiled and some portions written by Marian Longfellow, Historian of the Society, when I took on the position of editor.  Spanning the Society's history of meetings, officers and more from 1908 to 1913, I realized that these minutes and reports probably are not common knowledge.

A great example is this month's "100 Years Ago in Bartlett Society History..." column.  Many of the Society's members are probably aware of the 1660 fire-back that Joseph Bartlett (son of Robert Bartlett, who came over on the Ann) imported to Manomet, Massachusetts from England.  They probably know that it can be found in the Pilgrim Hall Museum.  However, the little tidbit I found tells us how it left Bartlett hands:

At the third annual reunion of the Society of the Descendants of Robert Bartlett on June 16, 1910, “The President called attention to an interesting relic exhibited by Mr. Ephraim D. Bartlett.  It was an iron fire-back, bearing the date 1660.  A little history concerning it may be of interest.

This fire-back was imported from England by Joseph Bartlett (2) son of Robert Bartlett (1) who came to Plymouth  in the ship Ann in 1623.  Joseph (2) married about 1660 and went to Manomet Ponds (now, 1880, South Plymouth) and there built a house and settled.  In 1680 Joseph (2) built another house at Manomet, and years later the original house came into possession of Charles Dana Bartlett (8) and Hosea C. Bartlett (8) sons of Charles Bartlett (7) who lived in the house about fifty years.  Years later Hosea C. Bartlett (8) tore down his half of the house and Charles Dana Bartlett (8) moved his half farther up the road, where it is still standing today (June 16, 1910).  In taking down the chimney, this fire-back was discovered and was sold in 1880 by Charles Dana Bartlett to A. M. Harrison, United States Coast Survey, and left by him to Miss Sarah Acsah Bartlett, of Plymouth, Mass.”

The fire-back is now in the Pilgrim Hall Museum in Plymouth, Mass.  This was a very interesting tidbit to read out of the Society minutes, as Charles Dana Bartlett is my (the editor’s) 4th great-grandfather.
I had no idea that my 4th great-grandfather had lived in the original 1660 home so, in the course of my volunteerism for the Society, I also learned something of personal ancestral interest.

Copyright (c) 2011 Wendy L. Callahan