of Berkshire County
Marie Newton: I grew up in Springfield, Hampden County,
MA, but both of my parents were born in Pittsfield. My father
grew up in Lanesboro, and my mother grew up in Hinsdale.
Some of my happiest memories as a child were visiting their families
in the Berkshires. Today I love going up to the Berkshires,
not just to do research, but to visit my family that is still
there. After trying unsuccessfully to find my 4th g-grandfather's
death certificate in Cheshire, I found his gravestone. It
had been buried for over seven decades before a cousin of mine
uncovered it. Many of the older smaller cemeteries have
been forgotten about, and in some cases, those are the only records
available to know when an ancestor lived or died. This has
prompted me to try and start the Berkshire Cemetery Association,
which would record all the cemeteries in the Berkshires, take
digital pictures of them, donate the work to the libraries, and
to make sure that all veterans graves are marked properly.
If you are interested in helping with this, please e-mail
me. I started volunteering on the USGenWeb site after Ray
Brown took over and began to post oodles of information and was
asking volunteers to help with the project. I also maintain
the USGenWeb sites of Windsor,
Hartford County, CT and Hampden
County, MA. One of the most rewarding things for me
is to open my e-mail up and see a "thank-you" from someone
who was able to find information on their family.
McMackin: Having many ancestors born
and/or buried in Berkshire County, I am committed to do whatever
I can to help preserve the history and heritage of this county.
Even though I have never been to the Berkshires, I feel
deep roots there. Over the past twenty years many people
have helped me with my genealogy and I feel it's my turn to give
back. I donate the web space and manage the Berkshire
County Surname Page so we can all make connections with others
working on the same names or families. I also donate
the web space and manage a site called Berkshire Cares, for the
Berkshire Cemetery Association, which hopefully will develop into
a clearing house of all of the graves in the county with lists
and pictures. I also help with the 1860 census transcription
project for Ashtabula
County, Ohio as many Berkshire families went to this area
thank Patricia for helping me by giving me some of the graphics
used on this website, and for giving me quick lessons about using
websites when I get stuck on something. I also thank her
for trying to start the Berkshire Cemetery Association with me,
even though a great distance separates us. Hopefully we
can start this by Spring 2004.) DMN
Bence Davis: I was born in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Massachusetts
and my family has lived in that area for many generations.
My search has taken me to Hancock, Pittsfield, Richmond and North
Adams. I could not have accomplished all the data that I
have gathered without the assistance of many generous people.
I like to submit various documents to the Berkshire County site
(and a few others in New England), as a means of repaying those
that have helped me. It gives me a sense of purpose and
satisfaction and I hope that someone else may find information
that will be helpful in their own family searches.
thank Margaret for not only helping on the Berkshire County USGenWeb
site, but her interest in Berkshire Cemeteries. Margaret
also donates transcriptions to the Berkshire
Family History Association.) DMN
Seaton Liberty: I
was born in Lauderdale County in West Tennessee.
As a young teen-ager our family moved to Memphis, Tennessee
where I lived until I moved to North Adams in 1979 to get married.
My family research is in Tennessee, North Carolina and
Since I began searching for my ancestors in 2000, I have
received valuable information and gained tips on researching from
so many volunteers.
I wanted to be able to give back by helping others.
Since I had no roots in Berkshire County, I had no documents
to share with others.
When I learned there was a need for transcribers, I knew
this was something I could do to help put information on the web
site for other researchers.
thank Bettye for transcribing records for the website. She
is always willing to help, even though she works long hours and
has no family ancestry to Berkshire County!)
Dale Mattson: I was born in Hinsdale (Illinois, that is),
but have traced 25%
of my ancestry as having passed through Berkshire County, MA,
in one way or another. I have often been the beneficiary of the
hard work others have put into online resources, and now that
my research seems to be on a temporary (I hope) plateau, I have
discovered that I really do enjoy doing transcriptions. I have
visited Berkshire County only once, but enjoyed the time very
much and expect to return as time and resources permit.
thank Ken for his invaluable effort in building up the resources
under the town of Sandisfield. He has donated a lot of time
to accurately transcribing records for Sandisfield.) DMN
W. Phelps: While I was not born in Berkshire Co, my genealogy
research has taken my Phelps family line back to Pittsfield in
the late 1700s, most likely to Stephen Phelps, son of Nathaniel Phelps
and Sarah Bush. Starting around 1790, my family migrated
to Freehold, Bethlehem and Pittstown, all in New York; Bennington, Vermont;
Washington Co, Pennsylvania; Zanesville, Ohio; Napoleonville,
Louisiana; and then finally Los Angeles, California. Basically,
these were people who couldn't stay in one place for long!
While living on the east coast a few years ago, I was able to spend
several days doing research at the Pittsfield Athenaeum, so I got
to know the town a little. It seems like a wonderful place
to hail from. I also walked the lines of headstones
at the main
cemetery (those that were repositioned from the earliest cemeteries in
town), and found Nathaniel and Sarah's markers. I'm still
working to confirm my connection to Stephen Phelps, and would
like to get back to Pittsfield someday for more research.
Other Pittsfield names I am researching are ROOT and GOODRICH.
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