Historic Places in South Jersey

Historic Places in South Jersey

A discussion of things to do and paces to go, with the purpose of sharing, encouraging participation, and networking.

Friday, January 7, 2011

3 Posts - #1Mystery solved. #2PhotoDataBaseGCHS #3 Whitall descendant

Mystery Site Identified
Today, Friday, January 7, 2011, I received an e-mail from Bill Woodall who has guessed the mystery site. 

"Mystery site #5 is the Lower Alloways Creek Friends Meeting,
vintage 1756, expanded to two stories in 1784.
I am the technical advisor and cartographer for
http://www.njchurchscape.com/ - a photographic database of New
Jersey's historic churches."

Bill has asked if anyone has any information on a church posted on his site:
http://www.njchurchscape.com/assistance%20please.html
Thank you for visiting, Bill, and congratulations on guessing the mystery site!

Volunteering at Gloucester County Historical Society
Yesterday, Thursday, the 6th, was my first day volunteering at GCHS in Woodbury on 17 Hunter St.
Naturally, I've visited there on many occasions both to see new exhibits at the museum and to attend workshops or lectures at the library, which is renowned as one of the finest family history resources in South Jersey.  Needless to say, as is the case with many historic sites, a lot of work is done on, what their sign in the entrance way calls "Volunteer Time" and I am happy to give something back to the genealogical and historical societies.  At two of the places where I volunteer, I am a docent, talking and walking.  At this one, I'll be working behind the scenes, scanning photographs and doing data entry.  I believe in giving something back, and it will also give me a chance to get to know the 'holdings' better. 

The folder I worked on yesterday was the Glassboro Glass Works, in particular the Whitney buildings, a great many of the photographs donated by the Stanger family.  I can tell already I'm going to like this job - those photographs speak to me. 

In past blogs I may have mentioned that along with a passion for history and historic sites, I've become an avid genealogy seeker, which is how I got to know the folks at GCHS.  At their library, I found a great deal of useful information on my family names in New Jersey, in the Turnersville, Gloucester County area, Garwood and Cheesman.  The people at GCHS are gracious and knowledgeable and it is a pleasure to get to know them better as well. 

Before I started this blog, I had taken a trip to the State Archives with GCHS.  They say another one is planned, so when that happens, I'll be sure to blog it.  Also, if anyone out there has Italian ancestry.  I believe they have a lecture on that coming up.  Call 856-745-4771.

I've heard from a lot of interesting people, including Russ Worthington, a descendant of the Whitall family. He requests info in the form of family stories from anyone who might know.  I'll post the links above and his link today. 

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