What began as a request for research tips at the New England Historical Genealogical Society, quickly turned into an online research-fest when blogger Midge Frazel, Granite in My Blood, read my research goals. Seems Midge loves a puzzle, and before I was out of bed this morning, Midge was emailing me from New England with all kinds of helpful information, including the possible burial place of my ancestor. It’s a case of genealogical kindness of the best kind.
The small Mathewson Cemetery located off Winsor Avenue in Johnston, RI is reported to have 75 burials, and yes, Midge, that looks like a monument to me too!
Just in case there are still folks who think that technology isn’t worth the bother, I thought it would be instructive to list how technology helped us connect:
- Sunday morning – While reading the February 2009 Scanfest Archive from AnceStories, I noted that Midge Frazel mentioned doing research at the NEHGS.
- Contacted Midge via her Facebook page; chatted briefly at Scanfest Sunday 27 March.
- Monday, Midge and I talked via email and she gave me some good tips for working at “HisGen.”
- Tuesday, Midge finds a Will extract naming my ancestor Henry M. Winsor, at genealogy.com and locates a small Mathewson cemetery in Johnston, RI using GoogleMaps; forwards pdf and jpg image files.
- I scan and send Midge pdf images of letters to and from the Mathewson family that I received from a Vermont researcher my mother found on a message board.
Whew! It’s not even noon on the West Coast and suddenly the walls are coming down. We’ve connected through Facebook, CoverItLive, and email; discovered information through database searches and virtual map imagery; and shared information through digital files scanned or copied and sent via email. I can only imagine how long it would have taken B.I. (Before Internet) to accomplish so much. Thanks Midge. This is the best Tombstone Tuesday ever!