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Looking For Your Ancestors?

June 22nd, 2011 · No Comments · Books, City Library, Local History, Main Branch, NH Room

Summer is here and it is the perfect time to get some sunshine and hunt for your ancestors.  First you must do the research which can be extremely rewarding by its self.  Knowing where your family resided is helpful.  Finding out where they are buried will complete the circle of their lives.  Some of the older gravestones can give you a clue to the family’s wealth or the symbolism will tell you about their occupation, ethnic background, or organizations to which they belonged. Some gravestones are works of art.  Each town or cemetery has their own rules for their graveyards as does the State of New Hampshire.  Many do not allow gravestone rubbing as it can ruin the fragile stones and damage the information written on them.  Photographing a stone is much better and provides a record for the future if the stone is damaged by natural causes, such as acid rain.   If you are not sure where to begin finding your ancestors, a visit to the N. H. Room at the library can provide a good place to begin your search.  Most of the information in the room is about New Hampshire but some of the same principles of genealogy can be applied to other areas.  There are also books on gravestone art. Who knows what you will find or where your path will lead you.  You are sure to find some surprises and challenges along the way.

Cynthia O

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