Those of us at the Humboldt County Historical Society were rightly proud of our facility, the Barnum House. The Historical Society of Frederick Maryland has a pretty nice facility of their own.
Earlier this week I spent the day in their library. I had a great visit, doing some serious genealogical work. There was a volunteer there who helped me…Velma (I didn’t get her last name). She reminded me of Humboldt County’s great library helper, Linda DeLong. She knew where every book was, got deeply involved in my family names, spent the better part of the day pulling books and files for me to check and finished up making my copies, collating the sheets and putting everything in a nice bundle for me to take home. I had a great day…and for all the Velmas and Lindas who help those of us doing research (often without a clue about what all exists for us in the research facility)…THANKS!
Since we left NYC about a week ago we’ve been traveling through what has turned out to be my ancestors’ backyards. We worked our way down through the Pennsylvania Dutch country, through Gettysburg, Harpers Ferry, and now we’re here on the edge of Shenandoah National Park. My ancestors came through here in the mid-1700s, some going on to Kentucky about 1800, others into Tennessee and then Missouri by 1820. And tomorrow I hope to find the old graveyard, where Mathias House and his wife are buried. They died about 1820 and the book I was reading said the house still stands…we’ll see.
Here are some observations from the last month or so:
- New York is too big
- Long Island is too long
- There are some unusual people in the world, most of them loud
- Vermont deserves all the accolades it gets
- NYC traffic is tough to drive a truck through
- Gettysburg is inspiring and depressing at the same time
- Harpers Ferry needs to be better known
As always, check the link in the top bar for more photos, cleverly labeled “Easy Link to Our Photos.” Donna adds more almost daily. It’s a good way to keep up with where we are when there aren’t any posts.
Tomorrow we’re in Madison, VA getting ready for the big Fiber Fair and Sheep Dog Trials. With all the rain, I’m afraid the sheep will all be dreadlocked.