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Monday, August 27, 2012

In the Portsmouth Herald Today

Suzanne Laurent, a reporter for the Portsmouth Herald who covers the South Berwick area, recently called me for an interview about this blog.  Her article was published today and I am pleased to share it with you!  Click on the Headline below:

South Berwick Woman Unlocks the Past Through Genealogy

**Correction:  There is a misquote in the article I would like to correct.  Regarding lumber shipping business in Maine:  After active shipping of Maine lumber to other parts of the country, and an incredibly busy period of shipbuilding at Maine shipyards,  supply of first-growth white pine, commonly used for masts, became depleted for a time, around mid - 1800's.  At this point, lumber was then carried by ship to Maine from other states, mostly those in the south. This was not the onset of the shipping trade in Maine at all.  It was simply a change in the balance of imports and exports of lumber and the beginning of the use of oak for masts in shipbuilding. 

Now, moving on.  I like to periodically review my links and research websites to see if there are new updates.

Cyndi's List website logo

Cyndi's List sent out an email a couple of weeks ago notifying followers/genealogists of changes and additions to the site. I decided to go for a visit.

Cyndi's List is a multi-layered, cross-referenced website featuring thousands upon thousands of links, no exaggeration.  She, Cyndi, lives near Seattle, Washington, and started listing and categorizing the entire website herself, some years ago.  Since, she has been able to hire a web company to manage the technological requirements of this powerful site.  She now spends much of her 24/7 weeks checking for broken or defunct links, and reviewing suggestions from folks contributing new links to include in her site.

I have had trouble with navigating this site in the past, partly because of the sheer amount of info, and partly because I found the site design somewhat cluttered. But this latest rendition is friendlier.

The best way to begin your research is to click on the "Categories"   purple arrow in the left hand menu on the front page, and you will be taken to a page allowing you to search using an alphabetized keyword search tool.

Most of my difficulties in the past have been due to the sheer amount of links to review, in looking for needed info.  It's pretty daunting!  But very well worth the time it takes to keep diving into the different categories.  The links relate to people, events, locations, covering the entire planet.  You can search by time period, nationality, geographic location, societies, religion - basically anything you can imagine that has to do with the human population.

My advice is to begin with just one category - and at least an hour of unbroken time ahead of you.  This will be enough to open up a tantalizing Pandora's Box of related categories and websites, and you will be off and running. Here are a few samples for you which barely scratch the surface of all there is to see.   Just click away... 

1.  Occupations

2.  Prisons, Prisoners, and Outlaws

3.  Ships and Passenger Lists

Good luck!


  1. I read your story online and mosied over read your blog. Welcome to the geneablogger community and I look forward to following you. I have many ancestors from York County, Maine and my paternal lineage WILKINSON originated in South Berwick. We have a community of New England genealogy bloggers with a discussion group over at Facebook. If you would like to join us, we also get together twice a year in person to chat, socialize and learn from each other. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  2. Hi Heather, Thank you! And thanks for reading. I will keep in touch about your group. Where do you meet when you get together?

    1. We've met at member's homes, and last time we met in a summer house on Cape Cod. It's nice to find a central location, and the 2013 NERGC conference in Manchester, NH will certainly have a geneablogger meetup. Stay in touch!