Out Of Print - Do Not Order- Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors
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Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors, by Patricia Law Hatcher; 155 pg; Paperback; ISBN 1-593312-99-7; Item TP997

When the early colonists came to America, they were braving a new world, with new wonders and difficulties. Family historians beginning the search for their ancestors from this period run into a similar adventure, as research in the colonial period presents a number of exciting challenges that genealogists may not have experienced before.

This book is the key to facing those challenges. Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors leads genealogists to a time when their forebears were under the rule of the English crown, blazing their way in that uncharted territory. Patricia Law Hatcher, FASG, provides a rich image of the world in which those ancestors lived and details the records they left behind. With this book in hand, family historians will be ready to embark on a journey of their own, into the unexplored lines of their colonial past.

Hatcher's book examines life in the colonies. From the earliest settlements through colonial times, this book looks at education, transportation, religion, slavery, and the many other areas that had a major effect on life in early America. With an understanding of colonial life and the records kept during that period, this guidebook shares and describes resources for researching vital and other records available from this time period. Take a look at the complete table of contents listed below to see the resources covered by the author.

Table of Contents

Introduction Background

  • Profile of Immigrants
  • Plymouth Colony
  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
  • Expanding Settlement
  • Planting Towns and Settling the Frontier
  • Connecticut and New Haven Colonies
  • Rhode Island
  • Early Northern New England
  • New Hampshire
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • The New England Confederation
  • The Andros Regime
  • Late-Colonial Settlements
  • Migration, Boundaries, and Land Claims
  • What It Means to be Colonized
  • English Wars and American Conflicts
  • Demographics
  • Religion
  • Witchcraft
  • The Great Awakening
  • Denominations
  • Commerce, Trade, and Occupations
  • Transportation
  • Ethnicity, Servitude, and Slavery
  • Relationships with the Native Population
  • Newspapers and Broadsides
  • Mail and the Post Office
  • Education
  • Literacy
  • The Calendar Charge of 1752
  • Date Formats
  • The Ecclesiastical Calendar
  • Currency
  • Given Names
  • Notes
Finding Information on Your Colonial Ancestors
  • You Don't Have to Start from Scratch
  • Genealogical Compilations
  • Local Histories
  • Periodicals
  • Finding What You Want in Periodicals
  • Microfilmed Material
  • On-Site Research
  • Manuscript Collections of Original Records
  • Hints for Reading Colonial Documents
  • Notes
Colonial Records
  • Format and Organization
  • Access
  • Records of the Colonial Courts and Governments
  • Towns and Town Records
  • Counties
  • Natualizations
  • Vital Records
  • Probate and Inheritance
  • Death, Preparedness, and Participation
  • Taxation
  • Private Papers
  • Finding Private Papers
  • Notes
Expanding Your Research
  • Historical Sites and Museums
  • English rules of America
  • Resources, Reference, History, and Context
  • Dictionaries, Handwriting, and Law
  • Connecticut and New Haven
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Plymouth Colony
  • Rhode Island
  • Periodicals
  • Archives, Libraries, Historical Sites, and Societies


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