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Digging for Genealogical Treasure in New England Town Records [Paperback]

by Ann S. Lainhart
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Book Description

May 1996 0880820535 978-0880820530 First Edition
Genealogical information lies buried in town halls all over New England, locked within records such as: earmarks, licenses, mortgage books, military records, poor records, selectman's minutes, tax records, and more! "Digging" contains full descriptions of eighteen different types of records, tips on how to find and understand them, and scores of entertaining quotations from the original documents. It also lists records available in print, typescript, and microfilm.

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Ann Lainhart has filled a gaping hole in the genealogical literature by preparing this volume on New England town records -- The American Genealogist (TAG)

Just when you think there's nothing new... [we] are presented with an informative and inteeresting little gem like this book -- The Maine Genealogist

Such expertise could only have come by spending much time in the records -- National Genalogical Society Quarterly

About the Author

Ann Smith Lainhart has been a genealogist for over twenty years and is currently the State Historian for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. She has authored many books and articles on genealogical topics.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: New England Historic; First Edition edition (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880820535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880820530
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,152,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected, but a good reference anyway June 17, 2008
I confess, this is not the book I thought it was going to be. I was expecting an update of Marcia Wisall's standard (but rapidly becoming outdated) _Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research_ (3d ed, 1993), but the author tells you right up front that this is a different book. New England research -- to which I came late, since it was only a few years ago that I discovered that not quite all my ancestors were Southerners -- centers on the records of the town, or township, not the county. In fact, except in Maine, it's impossible to live "out in the county," in the sense of residing outside the city limits and being subject to county laws instead of city ordinances. Every county in New England is divided into townships and, historically, that's where most of the most useful records have been created, since the beginning of settlement. The town clerk's office is usually in the town hall, but in the old days the clerk often kept his records at home; that still may be the case in the very smallest towns. Many local libraries and state archives have copies of the early records, and the LDS, naturally, has filmed most (but not all) of them. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 2nd Good Purchase April 3, 2014
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Since many of me ancestors are from New England, this book will be a great help in finding the records I need!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read April 1, 2014
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This book is not a waste of money. It has a lot of ideas and really gets the thought process going on where your next stop is going to be for research!
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