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Research: Colonial New England Ancestors
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This seven module course will give the student a basic foundation to research using colonial records in New England. It focuses primarily on the most common records used for research. The student will learn about strategies for finding colonial New England records while incorporating colonial town records, colonial census records, colonial land records and maps, the colonial wars, religious records, and court documents.

The student who undertakes this course should have familiarity with United States vital, religious, census, land and military records, as well as have a good knowledge of genealogical methodologies.

COURSE CONTENT

Module 1
Colonial New England
  • Websites
  • State Resources

    Introduction

    Strategies for Finding Colonial New England Records
  • Definition of Colonial Period

    Deciphering Colonial Handwriting
    Calendar Considerations
    Building a Colonial New England Research Library

    A Brief History of Colonial New England
  • Early Settlement

    Research Facilities - Archives and Libraries
    Newspapers

    Genealogies - Printed and Manuscript
  • Genealogical Periodicals
  • Manuscript Genealogies

    References
    Additonal Websites

    Module 2
    Colonial Town Records
    Websites

    Town Records
  • Different Types of Colonial Town Records
  • Freemen and Inhabitancy
  • Town Officers
  • Town Business
  • Tax Records
  • Licenses
  • Ear Marks
  • Manumissions
  • School Records
  • Poor Records

    Vital Records
  • Connecticut
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

    Cemetery Records
    References

    Module 3
    Colonial Census

    Published Census, Reconstructed Census Lists, and Census Substitutes
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island

    Seventeenth Century

    Eighteenth Century
  • Vermont

    Strategies
    Immigration
    Court Records

    Module 4
    Land Records and Maps
    Websites
    Colonial New England Land Records

    Common Terminology
    Connecticut

    Maine
  • Major Land Grants

    Massachusetts
    New Hampshire
    Rhode Island
    Vermont
    Maps
    Gazetteers

    Module 5
    Military Records
    Websites
    Colonial Wars

    Military
  • Pequot War
  • King Philipís War
  • War in the North
  • King Williamís War
  • Queen Anneís War
  • King Georgeís War
  • French and Indian War
  • American Revolution

    Colony Involvement
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

    Module 6
    Religious Records
    Types of Religious Records
    Locating Church Records

    Religious Groups in Specific Colonies
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

    Regligious Groups
  • Anglican
  • Baptist
  • Congregational
  • Episcopal
  • Quaker
  • Huguenot
  • Jews
  • Methodist
  • Moravian

    Major Repositories
  • Baptist
  • Congregational
  • Methodist
  • Moravian
  • Quaker

    Module 7
    Court Documents
    Websites
    Divorce Petitions
    Terminology

    Searching Colonial Court Records
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

    Suggested Reading
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