While searching around on the internet the end of last week, I came across the Brookfield, VT Historical Society. Since I knew that Luther Waters Blanchard, and his father, Amasa Blanchard had both lived here, thanks to census records, I worked my way through their blog posts. I was disappointed to not find anything, especially on Luther. I left a comment on their blog to this effect.
A few days later I received an email from Elinor, who is the historian for the society, and as chance has it, is also part of the same Blanchard clan (connected a few generations back, as is her husband apparently). She mentioned a friend she had, Joyce, who was seeking out Blanchard history, as she is one as well.
I am Blanchard on my mother's side:
Mayo Howard Blanchard (b:1901 VT, d:1961 CT)
Charles Forrest Blanchard (b:1867 VT, d:? Newtown CT)
Luther Waters Blanchard (b: 1833 VT, d: 1906 NH)
Amasa Blanchard (b: 1792 MA, d: 1887 VT)
Lucy A (Riley) Blanchard and Charles F Blanchard with two of their sons (not sure yet which ones, possibly Mayo?)
Anyway, turns out Joyce is the daughter of Charles T. Blanchard, my grandfather's brother. She gave a tip about another cousin, Dennis. I was able to contact him through the Blanchard Yahoo group he set up to connect with others from the family who might be out there. He is the son of my grandfather's youngest brother, Ernest Blanchard.
It amazes me sometimes, thanks to the internet, that I can find relatives that I never knew I had. My mother didn't know any of them either, as the Blanchard family pretty much scattered from CT. There are a few still there, but many of us have moved to other states.
I never saw a picture of my great grandfather, Charles F, or my grandfather Mayo H. Dennis had some amazing photos that he let me download. What a treasure!
Never underestimate those random facts or connections you find on the internet in your searches, you just might come up with gold, or better yet, family!