Turners Falls, MA - Genealogy Gathering

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shhhh! Genealogists at play!

We did it! A small group got together and uploaded all of the photos of the East Mineral Road Cemetery in Millers Falls to findagrave.com along with the records that had been compiled by the Cemetery Commission 10 years ago. We will continue to whittle our way through the Montague Town Cemeteries and will add others as the records are organized. Many hands make quick work, so let me know if you want to pitch in. Thanks to Pat Allen for shepherding the project along, Tina Peters for her tutorial, Shara Strahan, Bevlyn Gallant and Phil Johnson for their typing, and Mark Fairbrother for his wandering photography.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The Latest

Kudos to Pat Allen for uploading the burials at the East Mineral Road cemetery to findagrave.com! We took photos of all of the visible stones a couple of weeks ago and will get together soon to upload them individually. The data can be uploaded as a spreadsheet, so Pat transferred the info she and Montague's Cemetery Commission (Sue Sansoucie) had compiled 10 years ago. Please contact me at rememberingancestors@yahoo.com if you would like to participate in this project.

It's all about sharing!

I reviewed the first enumeration district of the 1900 census that includes much of Turners Falls and found the following ethnic breakdown in the "Place of Birth" column:
French 172
Irish 135
German 113
Polish 65
Bohemian 48
English 46
Canada English 10
Swedish 8
Austrian 8
Russian 7
Scots 4
Swiss 2
and one each Australian, Welsh, and French french out of 2145 in this precinct.
Outside of New England there were individuals born in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, but not much more eastward migration.

I'd like to talk about this more in light of our upcoming January production at the Shea. Abby Paige's show celebrates the ethnic heritage that we have all lost, French or not. I hope you will be attending!