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Ask a Genealogist: Adoptions and Guardianships in Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

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I believe the children of my ancestor were placed for adoption or guardianship in the late 1790's.  Can you tell me what I can check for Suffolk County Massachusetts for this time period at NEHGS?


We have the published index to Suffolk County probate records and the microfilm of the record books.  If there was a guardianship in Suffolk County it should be listed in this index.  Also if there was a name change or adoption I would recommend the book List of Persons whose names have been changed in Massachusetts, 1780-1892. (Baltimore, MD, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1972) [Call # F63.A5.1972].  You will find all three of these items on the fourth floor in the NEHGS Microtext Department.

Posted by Andrew Hanson-Dvoracek at 01/02/2013 04:54:08 PM | 

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