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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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