I have a confession: I love online shopping. There, I’ve said it. No apologies. I have another confession: I love a bargain. I have no control over that – I’m of Scottish heritage and I was born in Maine. It’s in my DNA – it’s called the “Double Frugal Gene.” That being said, I have decided to write an occasional blog post to share fabulous finds that you might find interesting too. They will include among other things book bargains, photography finds, genealogy goodies and even some freebies. I’ll be upfront with you – I am an affiliate for several companies. What does that mean? That means if you use the link imbedded here to purchase an item I receive a small percentage of the sale. It doesn’t change your price – you get a great bargain and I make a little money to support my genealogy habit of rescuing old photos and finding the family to whom they belong. Win, win.
So, let’s get underway. Here is what I have found for you or the genealogist in your life:
If you’re just starting work on your genealogy, the web is a good place to start (although not EVERYTHING is online!). There are a lot of free websites that can jump start your research. For just $2.99, Nancy Hendrickson has compiled a list of 101 free websites in her book:
I’ve told you how I love using Photoshop to repair old photos. Here’s a 40% savings on Adobe Photoshop Elements & Premiere Elements 14:
or if you just want Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 save 39% here:
And if you’re going to try Photoshop, you’ll need a guide. Save 47% on the Dummies Guide:
With the Holidays upon us take the time to gather family stories while visiting with relatives and don’t forget to write the stories down! This FREE book (a quick read) will help:
Thomas MacEntee’s book offers some ways to save on your genealogical research. While this is not on sale, the $2.99 price tag will pay for itself many times over:
If you’re looking for a quick gift for the genealogist in the family save 36% on one of the best magazines in the industry:
And finally, this is an item that I have on my personal wish list. As a researcher I spend a lot of time sitting. Although I go to the gym regularly, I’ve found that as I get older my motivation to go to the gym is declining (especially on frigid New England mornings when the car is covered with snow!). This work station maybe just the ticket. Save 20% on this five star rated work station:
Note that online sales can be sold out or have a limited time frame – if you’re interested in any of these items, don’t wait too long! I don’t want you to miss out. Happy Holidays and Happy Savings!
This group of photos started with Grandma Willard. Born Mary Ann Mason in 1831, she married Solon Willard who was the 5th great grandson of Major Simon Willard, who has also my ancestor – my 9th great grandfather. Simon Willard’s life and career are well documented from the early days of this country in the Willard Memoir. A plaque in his honor stands in the center of Concord, Massachusetts. Mary Ann and Solon had five children – two of whom are shown below, Eva and Emery.
Emery Mason Willard and his wife Nellie Morse Coombs had three children, two of whom are shown below, Mabel and Arthur.
I purchased this collection of family cabinet cards at a flea market in Central Massachusetts. Included in the grouping was a photo of Lizzie Atwood Willard who was the wife of Everard C. Willard (brother of Emery and Eva).
Although I am distantly related to these people (7th or 8th cousins at best) I would like to see the group go to a family member more closely related who is willing to take on the responsibility of preserving these 100+ year old photos. I have put them up on Ebay with a reserve of what I paid for the group. See the listing here:
I am excited to participate for the second time in the Honor Roll Project spearheaded by Heather Wilkinson Rojo who writes the blog Nutfield Genealogy on Blogspot. The idea is to photograph local veterans memorials/monuments and transcribe them so that they are searchable on the web. This is the link to the Honor Roll Project:
Here is my offering for this Veterans Day November 11, 2015:
The is the Korean War Monument in Carter Park, Leominster, Massachusetts
And the transcription:
Robert M. Rehor 1LT USA
Antonio V.P. Lastella PVT USA
Norman P. Dufresne PVT USA
Ralph A. Langlois EM2C USN
David L. Therrien CPL USA
Leo P. Yelle SFC USA
Henry F. DuPlease SFC USA
Francis B. Burns CPL USMC
Frederick T. Johnson, Jr. PFC USAF
Joseph T. O’Donnell 1LT USA
Earle C. Newton, Jr. PFC USA
Roland H. Pothier FN USN
William L. Antonucci SGT USMC
Karl W. Hammare AIC USAF
Charles R. Dufort MAJ USAF
Leo R. Tatro SN USN
Joseph J.A. Lemieux SFC USA
Thank you to all who have sacrificed everything for our freedom.
My 3x great grandfather, Frederick Gerrish, was the first lighthouse keeper at the Mark Island Lighthouse in Winter Harbor, Maine when the lighthouse opened in 1856. It was a fitting career for the then 52 year old who had been a mariner all of his life. He lived on the 4 acre island with his family: his wife Susan, sons Frederick, Andrew, George and James, and one daughter Albertina. I am descended from his son Andrew who was named for his grandfather who was murdered in 1834 (see my blog post dated 14 August 2015). By 1860, Andrew’s young wife Flora had joined the family living at the lighthouse. Many who write about the Mark Island light assume that Flora was a daughter of Frederick and his wife. She was in fact, married to Andrew on 18 December 1859.
The U.S. Government decommissioned the lighthouse in 1933 and in 1939 it was purchased for $2000.00 by Bernice Richmond and her husband Reginald Robinson as a private residence. Ms. Richmond wrote about living on the island in her 1943 book “Winter Harbor,” a copy of which I was lucky to obtain recently.
The book relates a pretty good account of how difficult life must have been living at the lighthouse (although she only lived there in the summer and was not responsible for keeping the light!).
Built for $4500.00 in 1856, the lighthouse, still a private residence, sold in 2004 for $1.25 million dollars!