The following is an announcement from the New England Historic Genealogical Society:
Digging for Your Roots in Massachusetts, the first program in our New England States Seminar Series, will take place Saturday, October 23, at the NEHGS Library in Boston. The series is designed to assist beginners and seasoned researchers alike.
Massachusetts research has consistently been rated as the most desired research topic by our membership. This practical seminar will cover a host of topics: researching the families of Massachusetts from the earliest beginnings of Plymouth Colony; migration patterns within the Commonwealth and beyond; the extensive Corbin Collection of church, cemetery, vital records, and family records from seventy-six towns of western Massachusetts; an overview of the history and structure of the Massachusetts state court system and wills, naturalizations, and criminal and civil cases; and the extensive collection of newspapers dating from the 1700s at the Boston Public Library and how to use them. Join us for this very special event and advance your Massachusetts research goals!
Lectures will include:
The Pilgrim Migration: The Settlement of Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633 Robert Charles Anderson, director of the Great Migration Study Project and co-editor of The American Genealogist.
David Dearborn, NEHGS reference librarian.
Researching Western Massachusetts Using the Corbin Collection
Robert J. Dunkle, co-author of many books on colonial Boston and editor of several NEHGS CD-ROMs.
An Overview of Massachusetts State and County Court Records
Elizabeth Bouvier, head of archives at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Newspaper Research at the Boston Public Library
Henry Scannell, curator of microtext and newspapers at the Boston Public Library.