Sunday, January 12, 2014

Support Your Hometown Historical Society

Genealogists can “pay it forward” by supporting their hometown historical society. My husband and I do just that – we support the Newfield Historical Society and the Ulysses Historical Society.  Our support is not only financial, but we share information in the form of articles, monographs, and other genealogical tidbits uncovered in our research.  My husband has written a couple of articles for Maintaining the Bridges, the quarterly newsletter of the Newfield Historical Society.

We just received newsletters from both societies with feature stories of earlier times, people, and places.  The Ulysses Historical Society newsletter features an interesting story of about the Morgans of Waterburg. The author, Joe Baldwin, admits he missed a fairly impressive family plot in the Trumansburg Grove Cemetery, recently brought to his attention. Mr. Baldwin proceeded to do his usual careful detailed research of Willis (1826-1903) and Howard Morgan (1932-1898), sons of William and Betsey Morgan. Willis and Howard Morgan's grandfather, William Morgan, emigrated to the U.S. from Wales. Mr. Baldwin came across some mysteries during his research, but I guess you will have to join the society and get a copy of their newsletter if you want to help solve them. Photos and map accompany the article.   

We encourage those who grew up in this area of the Finger Lakes to become members to assist the dedicated volunteers in preserving local history.

Newfield Historical Society: 198 Main Street, Newfield, NY 14867

Ulysses Historical Society:  P.O. Box 455, Trumansburg, NY 14886

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