About Linda Hall-Little

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Email: LindaHaLLittle@gmail.com (note that it is HaL not HaLL in the middle!)

Linda grew up in Massachusetts, and has spent many years researching branches of her own family tree (piggybacking off the research of her grandmother and great-aunt in the 1970’s).

Linda became interested in Genealogy as a child. On Christmas, Aunt Natalie, family historian, poet and author came armed with handouts for our annual sing-along; poems she crafted from family history, set to familiar Christmas tunes. Linda was hooked!!

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In later years, Linda was overjoyed to become the recipient of Natalie’s Roots Research Books – Lansil & Haines binders full of letters from many long deceased (and living) cousins, photos and other fascinating documents (such as”Mary Haines Diary” and the record of seaman Charles V. Lansil’s drowning off Bar Harbor) rich with details of our heritage, captured in the 1970’s, long before the public Internet.

Other ancestors include:

  • Lt. Brian Hall, Major Brian Hall, Moses Pinder, Ephraim Lane & William Grout, all born in Massachusetts, who fought in the American Revolution;
  • Loyalists William Boone (Rhode Island) & Joseph Haines II (Rye, New York);
  • Mayflower ancestors, Stephen Hopkins & William Brewster;
  • Alexander Haines who gave his life when the Ticonderoga was torpedoed in WWI;
  • Mary Alice (Haines) Stevens, nursemaid for Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s grandsons;
  • noted Bangor/Boston marine artist Walter Lansil and cattle artist Wilbur Lansil;
  • silent film star Mae Gaston;
  • 25% Acadian; mtDNA match to pioneer/founding mother, Genevieve Lefranc;
  • Other family from Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Wales, England, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Lithuania, Ireland (likely Scots-Irish) and Scotland.

Linda retired from a career as a Finance Executive in Corporate America and in her spare time hikes, bikes, cross country skis and volunteers with several non-profits. Besides genealogy, she enjoys cooking, photography, travel, learning Spanish, sipping red wine (at book club, of course!), socializing with friends and playing/snuggling with cats. Although her heart is in the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire (and Boston), she and her family recently bought a home in Northern Virginia.  She now spends what is known in Northern New Hampshire as Mud & Bug season, exploring NARA, the Library of Congress and the DAR Library.

Linda has held beginning genealogy seminars at the local library and a Kiwanis meeting in New Hampshire. She enjoys helping friends and family get started with their genealogy!

– National Genealogical Society (NGS) graded home study course completed (2010; final grade A)
– Genealogical Certificate Program Boston University, 15 week online course (OL2 – 2010)
– National Institute on Genealogical Research (NIGR aka GEN-FED), at the National Archives, DC (2011 & 2016)
– Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research,”New England Research, Has it All Been Done?”, D. Joshua Taylor (2016)
– Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), French and French Canadian Genealogy (2011)
– Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Advanced Genealogical Methods, Thomas W. Jones (2015)

My “Claim to Fame”  – The homework assignment was a complex case study regarding parentage.  I was the only one who came up with the correct solution in the three years that he had presented the case.  Most attendees (about 35 per course) were certified or working as professional genealogists.

– Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Problem Solving, Ruy Cardoso (2016)
– Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG),DNA Bootcamp, Cece Moore (2017)
– IGHR Samford, Advanced Methodology and Evidence Analysis, Elizabeth Shown Mills (2011)
– IGHR Samford, Writing and Publishing for Genealogists, Thomas W. Jones (2012)
– IGHR Samford, Advanced Library Research: Law Libraries & Government Documents (2014)
– IGHR Samford, Military Records II, Craig Scott & Michael Hall (2015)
– Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh  (GRIP), Mastering the Art of Genealogical Documentation, Thomas W. Jones  (2017)
– National Genealogical Society (NGS) Researching Your Revolutionary War Ancestors, Continuing Genealogical Studies (2015)
– National Genealogical Society (NGS), Autosomal DNA, Continuing Genealogical Studies (2016)
– Videotaped version of the International Genetic Genealogy Conference sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy (2016).
– NERGC (New England Regional Genealogical Consortium, Inc. – 2011 & 2013)
– Rootstech (2014)
– ProGen 8 Study Group – Studied the text “Professional Genealogy” (completed 1 year of the program then dropped due to work obligations).
– Digital Photography Certificate Boston University (CDIA – 2007)
– MBA Int’l Business – Bentley College, Waltham, MA (2003)
– BA – Bentley College, Waltham, MA (a long time ago!)

Society Memberships:
– Association of Professional Genealogists (APG)
– New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)
– National Genealogical Society (NGS)
– Mayflower Society (New Hampshire)
– Daughters of the American Revolution, Paul Revere Chapter, Massachusetts
– Jackson Historical Society and Museum of White Mountain Art
– Old Colony Historical Society, Taunton, Massachusetts
– NYG&B Society
– Edmund Rice (1638) Association

Extensive transcription of deeds and probate 1600-1800; cemetery research, photography

Jackson, NH Historical Society – 3 year term on Board of Directors  http://jacksonhistory.org/

Mount Washington Valley Kiwanis – 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer NARA, Washington DC (Genealogy Volunteer and Innovation Hub), May 2015 – present

Hall DNA Project Co-Administrator – https://www.familytreedna.com/public/hall/default.aspx?section=yresults

Experience in problem solving using DNA testing, including Y-DNA, mtDNA and Autosomal DNA.  Manage 20+ kits at FTDNA, Ancestry.com and 23andme.  Utilize GEDMATCH and Excel and other tools for analysis.


17 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Linda,

    What an informative blog you have! I’ve bookmarked it to come back and read it all when I’m not falling asleep over my laptop. I thought you might like to know- the link under Genealogical Records & Newspapers to Genweb Marriage Records actually goes to GenWed Marriage Records (http://www.genwed.com), which is not a Genweb website.

    Keep up the good work,



  2. Posted by Brian Motz (Maciejunas) on April 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Hi Linda,
    As I was just combing through old family pictures that I recently inherited, I searched google for Jurgis and Antanas Arlauskas (Arlauskuite). Bingo! I haven’t been able to digest all the information yet, but is seems Francis (Jurgis and Antanas’ sitister) was my Great Grandmother. Very excited to find the information on your page. On the back of one of the pictures it notes Antanas died in the mines (in 1927, near Shenandoah, PA). Jurgis “migrated back to Lithuania”. I’ll let you know what else I find!



    • Hi Brian – so glad you found me!! Do you know where your Jurgis and Antanas Arlauskas (Arlauskuite) were baptized? My 3rd g-grandfather was
      Jurgis Arlauskas through his daughter Anelė Orinskaitė/Arlauskaitė who was born in Rinkūnai, Pasvalys, Lithuania and married in Pumpėnų Švč. Mergelės Marijos Škaplierinės bažnyčia to Antanas Baltrūnas. Their son Juozas (Joseph) Baltrūnas (Billie) married Salomėja Markevičiūtė (also at Pumpėnų Švč. Mergelės Marijos Škaplierinės bažnyčia) – they were my g-grandparents and the first to come to America that I am aware of… Several of Salomėja relatives also came… I don’t know much about the Baltrūnas side. Linda



      • Posted by Brian Motz on April 6, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        Hi Linda,
        I don’t know where they are baptized. I don’t know much of the Lithuanian history. My search has just begun.

        All I have of the Arlauskas are 3 references; Antanas funeral photo, the picture of Jurgis and Antanas and the reference to Frances in a hand written family tree. How can I get them to you? I’m sure you’d like a pic of your G-Grandfather. Although it might be taboo to scan a funeral picture, there is chance Jurgis and Anele are in the photo.

        Can you recommend a website (hopefully free) or application that is good for “mapping” photos to a family tree?


      • Hi Brian,

        I am wondering if your Jurgis Arlauskas and mine are same people or just a coincidence that they had the same name… My Jurgis Arlauskas was my 3rd g-grandfather and a peasant. He was likely born in the 1820’s… Do you know the age of the photo? If not, we can certainly look at some photo books to try to date it based on the clothing. Then we should find out as much as we can about the time Jurgis and Antanas spent in the US – maybe they are in a census or ship manifest. We need to confirm that your Jurgis Arlauskas also lived near Pumpenai.

        I use Ancestry.com and Family Tree Maker to keep track of my family tree. There are a lot of companies out there – you could buy software and have it on your desktop or use Ancestry, MyHeritage, FamilySearch, Mocavo, Findmypast…. You can also just upload pictures to Flickr for free…. I am headed on vacation tomorrow but can try to help figure out if they are the same person next week.



  3. Posted by Linda Thorsen on April 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Linda, Are your Halls by chance related to the Halls who lived in Malden/Medford/Charlestown at the beginning of the 19th century? I am currently researching the Barrett Dye Works and William Barrett married Mary K. Hall who was a daughter of Deacon Moses Hall, who was also in the Revolution. He married Martha Sprague of Malden. Would love to know a little more about that family. You have a connection to the Dye House later in the 1850s, I see, but I’m curious about the 1800-1850 period. Thanks for an interesting blog! – Linda Thorsen



    • Hi Linda,

      Thank you! No unfortunately I am not related to your Mary Hall – my Hall’s started in Taunton, MA (the area which is now Raynham) in 1727, went to Norton, then Providence and Seekonk before landing in Malden in the mid-1800’s. There was a very wealthy Hall family who lived in the Linden section of Malden… I grew up across from Hall Street in Linden, always thinking it was named after my ancestors, who moved to Linden in the 1930’s… But it was the other Hall family who owned quite a bit of property. Have you tried the Malden Library? The genealogy room is only open a few hours a week but they are very helpful and have a great collection!



  4. Posted by David Hunter (Roy Family) on April 22, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Hi Linda,

    I am doing some (very) beginning geneology research and I came across your blog, specifically one post related to the Jean Roy dit Labiberte ancestor of yours, who lived in Port Royal, and his wife Marie Aubois, who was probably Mi’kmag indian. Although your lineage traces to their son “PiusPaul Dost Ero Roy,” mine traces to their other son, “Jean-Francious Roy.” I suppose that makes us incredibly obscure cousins, haha I was wondering if you had gathered any further information, on either Marie Aubois or her husband Jean-Francious Roy, from St. Malo, France, possibly? I have really been enjoying your blog altogether, very informative! Thanks and please feel free to email me if you prefer.



    • Thanks for reading David! Have you had DNA testing done? My mother and I did a cousin test with 23andme which is also uploaded to GEDMATCH – although we are finding that Acadian’s are typically related many different ways so it is difficult to determine through a DNA test. Have you found Lucie’s site? She is also related to Marie Aubois and Jean Roy dit LaLiberte and writes a bit of them – she has a wealth of Acadian info on her site: http://www.lucie.acadian-home.org/frames.html



  5. Posted by Carl H. Paleologos on May 10, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Hi Linda,

    Thank you for all the information about the Lansils you put up on the internet. When the Lansils lived in East Boston their house was locaded at 159 Trenton St. facing Putnam Square on Eagle Hill. A few years back the house was restored and converted back to a single. You can see on Google Maps.

    Thank you again for all the resherch,




    • Thanks Carl! My husband and I actually went to visit 159 Putnam last summer! Then had a great meal at Santarpios! How are you related? I have lots more Lansil “stuff” that I haven’t written about yet. I would be happy to share!



  6. Posted by Martin R Anderson on May 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Hi Linda, I came across your very interesting blog while looking up Walter Lansil. I inherited two of his paintings from a distant relative. They are Venice scenes. I’d love to send you images. You can contact me at my email address which should be part of my Reply. Thanks, Martin A.



  7. Posted by Judy Murchison on August 22, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Hello Linda,I found your blog while I was working on Mary Childs Morton and Alexander Morton.It was great to see others looking in this line.Kent County,New Brunswick is not easy to research.Thank-you.Great work.



  8. Posted by William Myers on September 29, 2015 at 11:26 AM

    Hi Linda: Don’t know if you are still interested but I am the son of Forrest Myers Eva’s brother. I have some more info on Dad’s family for instance he believed his mom was from Liverpool England and the reference you have to Troy, NY was where she briefly lived. Dad married Betty Boyer in the late 30s and there was a son Daniel. They divorced in the early 40s and he married my Mom Verna Allen. I have a lot more tidbits plus some pictures (digital) if you’re interested.




  9. Posted by Donna on February 13, 2017 at 2:23 AM

    Hi just found your site because I was looking up that column on the 1870 census records on why my cousins could not vote. Can people hire you to do genealogy for them. If so, please let me know what you charge. I have a gr gr gr that was killed in the War of 1812. The powers that be say she never applied for a pension which cannot be right as she was left with 5 children to raise including anew baby. Please advise on the above question. I enjoyed reading your site and will come back and read more when I get my pesky income tax off my back.



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