31 October 2012

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website sackettfamily.info has been updated with the following new and revised pages:
The addition of a Website tour is in response to a request at the reunion from Anne Murray for a talk on the website. Time did not allow this, but it is hoped that the addition of the new feature will be helpful in explaining the website's scope.

The Transactions page is introduced to provide a chronological listing of the activities of the Association, including records of Committee and Association meetings, reports of reunions, and an archive of the newsletters which were published each quarter from 2003 to 2009. After the newsletter ceased publication and was no longer a current activity, the files were archived in the Members' Only area of the website. That separate password-controlled area is no longer seen as necessary and is discontinued. The Newsletters and Committee records are now available under Transactions on the public pages.

18 October 2012

New on sackettfamily.info

The Sackett Family Association website sackettfamily.info has been updated with the following new and revised pages:

I would be pleased to add more pictures to the Westfield 2012 reunion gallery if others who attended have photographs in their cameras that would fill gaps in the record.

We spoke at the Reunion about the Newspaper research project. Peg Eddy has made a start on some extracts. There is plenty to do if others would like to contribute. The new page for recent additions will, it is hoped, make it easier for readers to keep abreast of items being added to the archive, and may also provide a spur to progress with the project. The page will show items added in recent months on a rolling basis.

The Samuel Arthur Sackett memoir was contributed to the mailing list in 2000 by Denzil Klippel. I came across it again in Thurmon King's database when compiling new member Byra Sackett's ancestry. This vivid memoir, as recorded by Samuel's daughter Julia in 1930, now appears in the History & Memoirs section of the website.

Also in History & Memoirs is Jean Carpenter's fascinating account of the surprise in store for her when she set about researching her great-grandfathers who had served in the Civil War. A great read!

03 October 2012

Westfield 2012 reunion is a great success

Twenty members of the Sackett Family Association gathered recently in Westfield, Massachusetts, for the 2012 reunion.

Convenors Debbie Barbee and Sharon Powalka had arranged a busy and most interesting package of events, including guest speakers, visits to places of Sackett interest, research trips, a genealogy forum, business meeting, and reunion dinner.

Best of all was the opportunity to meet and share with family, and full advantage was taken of various social events to visit with old friends and make new ones.