I often visit David Cox and Main Street Arts and Antiques seeking family albums or memorabilia. I specifically look for items that might contain enough clues to allow me to contact current family members to offer their return. It’s very rewarding, and honestly I am hoping one day to be on the receiving end of such an effort.
Anyhow, for a very modest sum, I recently purchased from David’s shop a folder containing handwritten family tree pages and a certificate of membership to the Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association naming George Richards Minot. As I had recently been doing some transcription work for the New England Historic Genealogical Society, I recognized the surnames contained within the folder: Cabot, Dodge, Bradstreet, Dudley etc.
A quick Google search revealed that George Richards Minot was a well regarded medical researcher who shared a Nobel Prize in 1934 for pernicious anemia research. He apparently descended from Massachusetts Bay Colony’s second Governor Thomas Dudley. I just had a feeling there might be interest in this folder of information for the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston so I contacted their Manuscript Collection Department. They did express interest in adding this to their collection on the Governor Thomas Dudley Family Association so I sent it to them. Here’s a PDF of the certificate if you are interested:
Just another example of the role we all play in keeping history alive. Thank you David Cox for making that opportunity available!