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The Massachusetts Society of Genealogists will meet on Saturday, March 18, at Somerset Public Library, 1464 County St. The program at noon is by The Gravestone Girls. They will talk about gravestone … more
Good recycling is important for a lot of reasons. First, it is good for the environment. Ever- growing and toxic landfills are becoming a major problem. But there is a more practical reason to … more
President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday, Jan. 27, that violates the bedrock principles upon which Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. I’ve always been proud to work at a … more
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority is excited to introduce its new 2017 Ten-Year Renewal and Replacement Plan (10-Year Capital Plan) that will ensure the safety and integrity of the four … more
It seems as if there’s no end to the new websites you can find for genealogical research. Using a search engine to find just about any topic turns up something interesting.I was doing a little … more
There are many ways I can dissect the extraordinary life of the late Kenneth J. Marshall. He meant so much to so many people in this community. His obituary doesn’t tell the whole … more
In researching our ancestors, we spend a great deal of time tracking down dates and places in vital records. Obviously, this is important because we have to be certain we have the right John Smith … more
I hadn’t looked at the French-Canadian branch on my family tree since 2008. This is an updated version of a column I wrote at that time — some new websites and some no longer with us. A discovery on my paternal grandmother’s side took … more
CLIMBING THE FAMILY TREE — A GENEALOGY COLUMN Censuses are probably one of the most important (and most easily accessible) ways of tracking our ancestors through time and place. With the 1940 census now available, there are almost 100 … more
As summer winds down, I try to enjoy reading outdoors as much as possible before cold weather returns. Sitting in the backyard with the birds and squirrels, admiring the garden and then drifting into a book is just heaven this time of year. … more
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A lifelong Portsmouth resident, Jim graduated from Portsmouth High School in 1982 and earned a journalism degree from the University of Rhode Island in 1986. He's worked two different stints at East Bay Newspapers, for a total of 18 years with the company so far. When not running all over town bringing you the news from Portsmouth, Jim listens to lots and lots and lots of music, watches obscure silent films from the '20s and usually has three books going at once. He also loves to cook crazy New Orleans dishes for his wife of 25 years, Michelle, and their two sons, Jake and Max.