Researching Your New England Ancestors

The New England states are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. These states shared boundaries and citizens and present some unique research resources. New England town records area a rich resource for social, property and vital records and a great deal of material is available and has been published for these states. All New England states are state-land states.

The oldest genealogy society in the United States is the New England Historic Genealogical Society -- and the longest running genealogy periodical in the Unites States is their Register. If you are doing New England research on the web, it is worth the price of membership to have access to the resources on their website.

Books, articles, CD's, Tapes etc.
On the web...

American Soceity of Genealogists. Genealogical Research: Methods and Sources, Revised Edition 1980 vol. 1 Pt.3: New Englnd Research
Bible Records from the Manuscript Collection of the Historic Genealogical Society (CD)
Lainhart. Digging for Genealogical Treasure in New England Town Records.
Melnyk. The Genealogist's Handbook for New England Research. 4th ed.
Simons. Art of Family: Genealogical Artifacts in New England.
Taylor. A Guide to the Library of the New England Historic Genealogical Society .
Salls. A Guide to the Manuscript Collections of teh New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Walker. New England Research Tips

Eichholtz. New England Towns and Their Primary Sources.

Library of Michigan guide to Researching New England Ancestors.

Meyerink. A primer for New England Research.

Sperry. New England Sources for Genealogists. and an article on the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

New England Early Connections offers a subscription database. (I can't tell how reliable or comprehensive it is, but you can search for a surname before subscribing. If anyone tries it, I'd appreciate hearing how useful it was. )

Ray's Place. Explore New England's Past --note there is a link to search all the pages on his site.

Savage. Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England (4 volumes). Index and full text online.

These two early Gazetters are available online.

Cyndi's List: New England