17th Century

As genealogists in New England we are all familiar with the story of Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay, the pilgrim separatists and the puritans, of Governors Bradford and Winthrop, of the Great Migration, and of the vast chronicle from the Mayflower to Bunker Hill and beyond. But what about New Hampshire?  I think sometimes many consider [...]

As a genealogist you might have deep knowledge of the history of an area, the laws and customs governing records and why they were produced.  You might have expertise in searching and locating records.  You might have superb analytic skills, able to piece together direct, indirect and negative evidence, resolve contradictions and make persuasive arguments [...]

I've been reading through the early laws of Massachusetts Bay, the 17th century colonial laws, excerpting those that are most-relevant to genealogists, such as those pertaining to qualifications for marriage, processing of estates, land transactions and such.  I think this could make a useful pamphlet or e-book. In order to find these nuggets, however, I [...]

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