Archive | November 2015

Saturday Cyber Savings – November 28th

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:

101 of the Best Websites for Climbing Your Family Tree

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:

Adobe Elements & Premiere Elements 14

or if you just want Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 save 39% here:

Adobe Photoshop Elements 14

And if you’re going to try Photoshop, you’ll need a guide. Save 47% on the Dummies Guide:

Photoshop Elements 14 For Dummies Kindle Edition

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:

Family Story Toolkit: Using Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction to Tell Your Stories (Quick & Easy Guides for Genealogists Book 4) Kindle Edition

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:

The 15 Habits of Highly Frugal Genealogists

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:

Family Tree Magazine

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:

Stamina Wirk Ride Cycling Workstation


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!



Major Simon Willard Descendants

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.

Mary Ann (Mason) Willard

Mary Ann (Mason) Willard

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Eva A. Willard 1857-1915

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Eva A. (Willard) Marshall

Emery Mason Willard 1855-1913

Emery Mason Willard 1855-1913

Emery Mason Willard and his wife Nellie Morse Coombs had three children, two of whom are shown below, Mabel and Arthur.

Mabel Vaughan Willard 1889-1960

Mabel Vaughan Willard 1889-1960

Arthur Emery Willard 1887-1948

Arthur Emery Willard 1887-1948

 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).

Lizzie Atwood Willard wife of Everard C. Willard

Lizzie Atwood Willard
wife of Everard C. Willard

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:

Honor Roll Project: Korean War Monument – Leominster, Massachusetts

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:

2014-11-08 Memorial Circle

Carter Park, Memorial Circle, Leominster, Massachusetts

The is the Korean War Monument in Carter Park, Leominster, Massachusetts

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Korean War Monument

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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.

Mark Island Lighthouse, Winter Harbor, Maine

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Mark Island Lighthouse as seen from Schoodic Loop Road, Winter Harbor, Maine in Acadia National Park.

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.

Photo of Andrew Jackson Gerrish from the Early Families of Gouldsboro, Maine by Muriel Sampson Johnson

Photo of Andrew Jackson Gerrish from the Early Families of Gouldsboro, Maine by Muriel Sampson Johnson

Andrew Jackson Gerrish circa 1917-1918

Andrew Jackson Gerrish circa 1917-1918

Flora (Tracy) Gerrish, wife of Andrew Jackson Gerrish

Flora (Tracy) Gerrish, wife of Andrew Jackson Gerrish

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.

Winter Harbor book

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!