Drew Bartley is a well-known professional genealogist who specializes in Vermont, colonial New England and upstate New York research, lineage society work, and especially with the Mayflower Society. (See his LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/drew-bartley/8/218/188.) Now he is launching a new project: an online genealogical guide for Massachusetts (and later for the rest of New England).
The following is an extract from Drew's announcement:
I wanted to announce the first milestone of a new project that I am working on. The goal here is to create an online genealogical guide for Massachusetts (and with success, the rest of New England). The first milestone was achieved today with the completion of the Plymouth County page and pages for the towns within the county. Please check out Plymouth County at https://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Plymouth_County,_Massachusetts. The towns are links from here or can be found through the search box at the upper right of the page.
I am looking for feedback from you and for you to help spread the news of this guide. Please realize that for the first go-round, I had to decide what was most important to include on the template of these pages. There is always more information that can be added, but I needed a starting point. If you find errors or omissions, please make corrections (it is an open wiki) or let me know so I can add it for you. If you have an account with FamilySearch (they are free, btw), please rate the pages and create a comment. I have not linked to the big genealogical sites except for FamilySearch, Ancestry, and American Ancestors. Others will be added later. Also, links to records online were only done if the transcription or abstract was complete (i.e. not the vital records of the Smith family in Plympton, for instance).
I hope you find this useful and that you can spread the news. The next county will be Suffolk. This will take time as you can imagine as it includes the city of Boston. That, too, will need more pondering by me to see what needs to be included. It by necessity will be different than the other towns in the state.
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