Posts Tagged ‘Genealogy’

Go Digital… at the National Archives

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Have you been researching your family’s history? Now the National Archives has made the process just a bit easier by allowing you to order documents online! Visit to learn more…


Little House in Andover

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Laura Ingalls (right) with her sisters Carrie (at left) and Mary (seated) c. 1880

Did you know that Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ancestors lived in Andover?  She wrote the Little House series of historical fiction based on her experiences growing up on the American frontier in the 1860’s and 70’s, but two hundred years – and ten generations – earlier, the name of Ingalls was closely entwined with the early history of Andover .  It’s easy to imagine that the earlier generations of the family possessed the same restless and pioneering spirit that Laura portrays in her books.  Their movement, always westward to lands of promise and hope, started here when the Massachusetts colony was England’s frontier.

Edmund Ingalls was born in Skirbeck, Lancashire, England in 1585.  He came to Salem, MA in Gov. John Endicott’s company in 1629 and, with his brother Francis and four others, was among the first settlers of Lynn, MA.  He was a man of good character, but in April 1646 was fined for bringing home sticks in both his arms on the Sabbath day, witnessed by three of his neighbors.  In March 1648 while travelling to Boston on horseback he was drowned in the Saugus River upon the collapse of a bridge he was traversing.

Edmund and his wife Ann Trip had many children.  Their oldest daughter Elizabeth married Rev. Francis Dane of Andover.  The Danes’ daughter was charged with witchcraft, but not convicted largely due to Rev. Dane’s efforts.  Their second daughter Faith Ingalls Allen was the mother of Martha Currier who was charged with witchcraft, sentenced and hanged. 

Their son Henry Ingalls (born in Skirbeck, England) sold land in Ipswich in 1652 and was one of the first settlers in Andover, buying land from the Indians and paying in clothing and trinkets. He was married first to Mary Osgood (on 6 Jul 1653 by Simon Bradstreet) and second to Sarah Farnham Abbot.  They had 11 children, among them Samuel Ingalls, born in Andover Oct. 3, 1654.  This was the first generation of the Ingalls family to be born in America.  Samuel married Sarah Hendrek on 4 Jun 1682 in Andover.  Among their children was son Samuel Ingalls (b. May 1683 in Andover died c. 1760) who married Mary Watts (1710- 27 Jun 1687)  The next generations moved to Haverhill, MA, Sandown NH,  and beyond.

The names of Ingalls sons are listed in military records of every war for the next hundred years.   Captain Henry Ingalls of Andover led an Andover company in the French and Indian War.  Nine Ingalls men from Andover fought at Lexington in April 1775, and 21 in total fought in the Revolutionary War.  This was a strong and adventurous family, always on the move, well before they built their “Little House” in Pepin, Wisconsin. 

The  Andover Historical Society has planned a “Little House on the Prairie in Andover” children’s program, centering on 19th century pioneer life.  The April 14 session for Girl Scouts has sold out, but a second program – also for troops or individual girls – has been added for Wednesday, May 5  from 3:30- 5:30 p.m.   The cost for this pre-registered program is $8 per child, which includes a snack and all craft supplies.  Call 978-475-2236 or email to reserve a place in this program or for more information about the corresponding “Farmer Boy” program especially for boys aged 6 – 10 years.


March is Genealogy Month at Memorial Hall Library

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

The Memorial Hall Library in Andover is holding  a lock in and a series of speakers on different topics related to genealogy.

Friday night, March 5, 2010     Lock-in, this is when you and the Librarians are locked in the Library and you have full use of the Library and the Librarians time.  A light dinner will be served.  Call 978-623-8401, ext 49 to register.  $10.00 fee.  Space is limited.

Tuesday, March 9, 7 PM       Researching Civil War Genealogy

Learn how to research Civil War soldiers in resources in MA, online, and the National Archives.  The speaker is Dennis Ahern, a history and genealogy lecturer and trustee of the Acton Memorial Library.

Tuesday, March 16, 7 PM       Preserving your Family Records, Documents, and Photographs

“Stuart Walker, Boston Public Library’s Book Conservator, will discuss storage, repair, and preservation issues for books, papers, scrapbooks, and photos.  He will demonstrate some dos and don’ts for preservation and repair for family records and keepsakes.”

Tuesday, March 30, 7 PM       Diaries and Journals

Learn how to find and use letters, journals and diaries for your genealogy research.  Laura Prescott will share how observation written by our ancestors can add personal dimension to the names, dates, and places in your research.

This should be a good month of interesting topics.  I will see you there.

Share is coming to Boston in February

Thursday, January 14th, 2010 is one of the largest Genealogy web sites.  It does require you to become a member, but it is worth it.  It is also worth joining New England Historic Genealogical Society especially if your family is from New England.

                     ” Family History Day 2010

                      Saturday, February 20, 2010 – 8 AM to 4 PM

                      Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA and the New England Historic  Genealogical Society (NEHGS) are excited to sponsor a Family History Day in Boston.   The day will include

   * 6 fantastic classes to help you grow your tree

  * experts on hand to answer your questions

 * Chances to meet one-on-one with genealogist from NEHGS

 * Opportunities to have photos and documents scanned on high-   speed scanners

 * And much more!


The cost for attendance is only $30.00, which includes parkingRegister today to attend Family History Day 2010 in Boston by going to the NEHGS web site: and click on Family History Day.


Family History Classes

Get pro tips and guidance from the experts at and the New England Historic Genealogical Society in these incredible classes:

   Getting the most out of your subscription–Get an inside look at the historical records and tree-building tools on

   Tapping into the Community — Find out how to access and communicate with the world’s largest online community of family historians.

   Getting the most from Family Tree Maker — Learn how Family Tree Maker can help you effectively organize, manage, and share your family history.

   Best strategies for searching — discover how to search the more than 4 billion records on like a pro.

   Discover NEHGS:  Your Family History Resource –Uncover how the New England Historic Genealogical Society can further your research.

   Organize, Organize, Organize — Avoid the ‘paper trap’ with proven methods to track the progress of your research and plan the best next steps.


One-on-one consultation with an Expert Genealogist — FREE

  Hit a brick wall in your research?  Sit down with a professional genealogist who can help answer you research question during a free 15 min. consultations offered through out the day.


Digitize your Family Records –FREE is excited to provided Family History Day attendees the opportunity to have their family photos and historical documents scanned on our professional scanning equipment.  It’s a unique opportunity to have your family history records digitized!


Hotel Room Discount Rate

We’ve secured a limited number of rooms at a discounted rate of $145.00 plus applicable taxes at the Westin Copley Place for the evening of February 19.”

   I would suggest that you plan to attend the Family History Day because you can always learn something.   This is a great opportunity to learn more about New England Historic Genealogical Society and what it has to offer you and your genealogy.  See you there.


Are you a writer, a poet or a genealogist?

Friday, December 4th, 2009

SOUP’S ON at the Andover Senior Center on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at noon, and the lecture is at 12:30 PM; $4.00.  Are you a writer, a poet or a genealogist?  Have you ever wondered about the process of taking a manuscript to press?  Learn from local publisher, the Cheshire Group, as they share books that have been published by local authors, ranging from a clergyman to an artist to a retired business man from Maine.  find out about three local writers who fulfilled a life-long dream of publishing their writing.  Soup, desert and drinks provided for this informative lecture.   Pre-registration required.


The Andover Senior Center is located on Whitter Street (the opposite end from the Town Offices)   The phone number is 978-623-8321.  I will see you there.



Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Genealogy is something you think about when you are young and do when you retire.  It is the study on one’s lineage.  It takes you back in time to those years that are a mystery to you.   Genealogy uncovers stories that drive you to the point of wanting answers, and you will research until you get those answers.


  Even though you do not have time today to begin your research, you can begin collecting information for recording at a later date.   Things you can do today:   take the time to put your family pictures in an album with a list of names of those in the pictures;  (do not use a ball point pen to mark the back of the pictures, the ink will evetually run into the picture. Get a special pen/pencil at a photo shop.);  clip  family obituaries and put them in acid-free plastic sheets;  put birth/marriage/death certificates in acid-free plastic sheets, and keep a diary of family activities, stories told to you by parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and dates of important events in the life of the  family.   You can also video interviews with relatives for future use.   Now put this information in a safe place so you can get it when you are ready to use it.  If you move, make sure you take it with you.


Genealogy is a project that takes time, patience, and lots of file space for your source material.   The rewarding thing about Genealogy is the fact that you were able to find your ancestors, and learn what they did and how well they did it.  This makes history mean more to you, because it now has a personal touch.


Genealogy Workshop at the National Archives

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Our Ancestors in the Civil War:
National Archives Offers Free
Introduction to Genealogy Workshop


The Civil War touched every American and continues to shape our nation. By 1863, a draft had been initiated; thus, no man and no family –whether they served– was unaffected by war.  Some served; some deserted; some were too young to serve* The army enrollment records for New England, 1863-1866, held at the National Archives at Boston (Waltham) reveal thousands of stories of our country’s most difficult time.



The South Parish Church Story, Andover, Massachusetts

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Andover, Massachusetts was incorporated as a town on May 6, 1646.  Andover at that time included the current towns of Andover, North Andover, and South Lawrence.  The original settlement of Andover is found in North Andover.  The settlers built a meetinghouse which was used for town meetings and church services.  For the safety of all settlers from Indian attacks, they were required to live around the meetinghouse.  As time went on and the population expanded so did the moving away from the center of the settlement to the south end.  Many settlers built homes on their farmlands and lived there.  In 1707 there was a vote as to where to build a new meetinghouse.  Included in the vote was a new location.  Many settlers objected to this vote and petitioned the General Court saying this vote is illegal because the town did not have the consent of the property owner, and the distance would be an inconvenience for Rev. Barnard since he lived near the old meeting house.  The General Court ordered the settlers to vote again to see if they would recommend a different spot.  The third vote was taken on Oct. 12, 1708; again the vote was to build in the same spot.  On Nov. 2, 1708, the General Court ordered the town be divided into two distinct parishes.  They appointed a committee to draw the dividing line, which had to be equal for north and south parishes.  This had to be completed in two months unless an agreement was reached, otherwise, the North Parish would retain the old meeting house and be responsible for any repairs   The committee failed to complete their assignment, and the division of the Town was so ordered. (more…)


Rev. John Eliot’s Connection to Andover

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Rev. John Eliot was born and educated in England and came to New England on November 3, 1631 landing in Boston, MA.    Rev Eliot became the interim pastor of Boston’s first church society, and refused to become a teacher in the church once the pastor returned.   The Rev. had promised his friends in Nazeing, England that he would be their minister when they arrived in New England.    The group arrived and settled in Roxbury with Rev. John Eliot ordained as their minister.   Arriving with this group was Rev. Eliot’s finance, Hanna Mumford,  whom he married in October 1632.  It was the first marriage on the town record.   The Rev.’s two sisters and two brothers also joined him in Roxbury.


Rev. John Eliot was known as the “Apostle to the Indians”.  He took the time to learn the Algonquian language by taking in a Native American boy into his home.  The boy, a captive in the Pequot War, had learned to speak and understand everyday English.  He  also could  read English, but could not write it.  On October 28, 1646, Rev. Eliot preached his first sermon in Algonquian to a group of Native Americans gathered at the wigwam of a chieftain at Nonantum (now Newton).   They understood the Rev. and asked questions of him.  He was invited back to preach again.       Another first for Rev. Eliot was the writing of the First Native American Bible (1661–1663).  He lived to see a second edition of his Native American Bible.   He died in 1690 having lived in Roxbury all his New England life.


Rev. John Eliot’s connection to Andover, MA was the Chandler family and George Abbot.   The Chandlers and George Abbot landed in Boston in 1637 and went immediately to Roxbury.   Rev. Eliot, the Chandlers, and George Abbot all came from the same town in England.   The Chandler family was made up of father, William; mother, Annis;  sons:  John, Thomas, and William, and a daughter, Hannah.     William and Thomas came to Andover.  Hannah married George Abbot and they settled in Andover.


Why do Genealogists use the Caroline Underhill research Library at the Andover Historical Society?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Where else can you find the history of your family and their Town, but in the Caroline Underhill Research Library?  History jumps out at you as you walk into the Library.  The Underhill Research Library brings the family and its town to life.  The books, maps and pictures are all waiting to be opened so a story can be told.  Yes, you can find information about an individual online, but that only creates questions that the information in the Library will answer.