Resources for New England Research

First Parish Burying Ground, Brockton, Massachusetts
First Parish Burying Ground, Brockton, Massachusetts

 

Master List of Resources


     13-Dec-2012 — I have revised this page to provide a master list of the New England resources on this site.  Below that you will find the list of resources added by date.


     Consolidated Contents files for a number of genealogical journals, major and minor, as well as publications of the Historical Records Survey.

     A list of Massachusetts Vital Records published in books and journals, as well as corrections and additions for Errors and Omissions in Published Massachusetts Vital Records.

     My Guides to Plymouth Colony Records include a guide to online images of the Plymouth Colony Probate Records and their published versions, known as Old Colony Wills, and a Consolidated Index to Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, also known as Plymouth Colony Records or PCR.

     A guide to Published Probate Records and Indices For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

     A guide to Finding New England Newspapers.

     A list of Publications of the State Street Trust Company of Boston.

     A list of the Reports of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston.

     A discussion of the 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Census Schedules in print and online.

     All volumes of Packard's Progress in PDF format with a list of their contents.

     A guide to Abbreviations for Genealogical Sources.

     Corrections to Genealogical CD-ROMs.

     The Rich Men of Massachusetts, containing "A Statement of the Reputed Wealth of About Fifteen Hundred Persons, with Brief Sketches of More than One Thousand Characters", whose fortunes in 1851 were estimated at $50,000 or more.

     A series of articles intended for of those new to genealogical research under the whimsical title "It Is A Puzzlement" (subtitled "Suggestions for Amateur Genealogists: Genealogical Conundrums, Evading Pitfalls, and Seldom-Used Sources").

     I also maintain a number of other genealogical resources, including my USGenWeb county and town pages, the Plymouth Colony Forums and my family pages.

 

Resources Added By Date


     27-Oct-2013 — The published vital records of Duxbury contain numerous errors. Those were corrected by George Ernest Bowman, and I have posted his literal transcriptions of the Duxbury records.

     13-Dec-2012 — I have revised this page to provide a master list of the general New England resources on this site.  I have also added a list of my other genealogical reources on this site, including my USGenWeb county and town pages, the Plymouth Colony Forums and my family pages.

     04-Oct-2011 — I have added the first revision of the Consolidated Contents of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record.  It will be revised as additional volumes are added.

     14-Oct-2011 — The online collection of Packard's Progress is now essentially complete, thanks to Richard G. Packard.  Note that I do not have Volume 16, and neither does Richard, who has the reprint edition.  That volume is apparently very hard to come by - if you have a copy please send me email.

     23-Sep-2011 — My list of Errors and Omissions in Published Massachusetts Vital Records continues to grow as I find more published corrections and additions.

     29-Aug-2011 — I have added the Consolidated Contents of The Hyde Park Historical Record.  It includes all nine volumes (1891 - 1913).  It is a PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

     11-Aug-2011 — My Guide to Published Probate Records and Indices For the Commonwealth of Massachusetts now includes links to the page images of the probate indices for Berkshire and Franklin counties hosted by the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants.

     28-Jul-2011 — I have added a list of the Reports of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston.

     26-Jul-2011 — I have added a guide to Finding New England Newspapers.

     24-Jul-2011 — My Consolidated Contents of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly now includes volumes 1 through 85 (1912 - 1997).  It is a PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

     03-Apr-2011 — I have added the Consolidated Contents of The Dedham Historical Register.  It includes all fourteen volumes (1890 - 1903).  It is a large PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

     19-Mar-2011 — I have added the Consolidated Contents of The Genealogical Advertiser.  It includes all four volumes (1898 - 1901).  It is a PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

     18-Feb-2011 — The first step in any genealogical research project should be a review of what has been published on the subject, especially articles published in the scholarly journals.  For more than seventy years the leading independent scholarly genealogical journal has been The American Genealogist, begun by Donald Lines Jacobus in 1922 as The New Haven Genealogical Magazine.  In 1932, with Volume IX, its title was changed to The American Genealogist and its scope enlarged.  My Consolidated Contents of The American Genealogist begins with the ninth volume and has now reached Volume 53.  The importance of TAG is difficult to overstate, indeed, Henry B. Hoff, editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, has remarked that, when editing Register articles, he makes certain that authors have cited all relevant TAG articles.  This PDF file will be revised periodically as additional volumes are added to it.

     17-Dec-2010 — I have added the Consolidated Contents of The Connecticut Nutmegger.  It includes the first forty-one volumes (May, 1968 - March, 1969), and will be expanded periodically.  It is a large PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

     22-Jun-2010 — My Consolidated Index to Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, also known as Plymouth Colony Records or PCR, is now complete.  It includes all twelve volumes published in the 1800s and the volume of probates published in 1996.  It is a large PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

Additions Prior to 2010

     For about fifty years, beginning in 1906, the State Street Trust Company of Boston published a series of "annual brochures" concerning historical places, persons and events of Boston and New England.  In order to provide a guide to those brochures for historical and genealogical researchers I have compiled a bibliography of them.

     Many of those new to genealogical research face a number of stumbling blocks in their research, including the uses of "Senior" and "Junior," terms of relationship that had different meanings in centuries past than they do today, variations in given names and surnames, problems in evaluating the reliability of information from genealogical books and web sites, and unfamiliarity with seldom-used contemporary records.  I have begun a series of articles addressing these matters under the whimsical title "It Is A Puzzlement" (subtitled "Suggestions for Amateur Genealogists: Genealogical Conundrums, Evading Pitfalls, and Seldom-Used Sources").  You may wish to check that page occasionally, as I will be adding new articles from time to time.

     I've added a page discussing the 1855 and 1865 Massachusetts State Census Schedules transcribed and published by Ann Smith Lainhart.

     A popular addition to this site has been the page listing Massachusetts Vital Records published in books and magazines.

     I've added a page listing a number of my genealogical publications, in print or online.  Those articles which have appeared in print will be posted as reproduction permissions are obtained.

     The Rich Men of Massachusetts, by Abner Forbes and J. W. Greene (Boston: W. V. Spencer, 1851), is an unusual little book.  According to the title page it contains "A Statement of the Reputed Wealth of About Fifteen Hundred Persons, with Brief Sketches of More than One Thousand Characters."  Those listed in the book had fortunes in 1851 estimated at $50,000 or more.

     Corrections to Genealogical CDs provides updates for the owners of some CDs, including scans of some missing pages.  I always welcome additional corrections that you have discovered.

     Genealogical Periodical Contents and New England Publications of the Historical Records Survey are files listing contents of a few publications.  For years I have used files like these to track original publication and reprint information about some of the articles cited in my genealogical database or otherwise used in my research.

     Those of you who are new to genealogical research may be puzzled by some of the abbreviations used for major sources.  I've provided a guide to Abbreviations for Genealogical Sources, including links to publishers of CD-ROM editions of some sources.  I will revise and expand this guide from time to time.

 

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