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Volume 14, Number 3, Summer 2013

Discovering your New England Roots on AmericanAncestors.org

Up Front

View from the Family Tree

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In This Issue

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Connecting Families. Advancing History

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Ask Our Genealogists

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News

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Genealogist Profile

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Programs & Tours

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Features

Discovered Your New England Roots on AmericanAncestors.org
Ryan Woods

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“Well, They Didn’t Live Happily Together”: Researching Humphrey and Lola O’Sullivan Using Coroner’s Inquest Files
J. Homer Thiel

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Our Search for Fayette: Reconstructing the Life of a Maine Cvil War Soldier
Linda S. Sanders

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Samuel’s Story: Recovering a Forgotten Nineteenth-Century Life
Peter Cooper

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Starting with a Bracelet and a Family Tree: How Family Artifacts Inspired and Informed My Genealogical Search
Susan Snow Lukesh

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Traugott Bromme’s “State of Massachusetts”: An Excerpt from an 1848 Guide for German Immigrants
Richard L. Bland

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Introducing the American Jewish Historical Society, New England Archives at NEHGS
Judith A. Garner

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Columns

Genetics and Genealogy
Using mtDNA to identify remains: Twenty years in review
Christopher Challender Child

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Manuscripts at NEHGS
Preparing collections for donation to NEHGS
Timothy G.X. Salls

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Seen Elsewhere
New York-related articles in 2011–2012 issues of some non-New York journals
Henry B. Hoff

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Family Focus
Genealogies in Progress, Genealogies Recently Published, Other Books & CDs Recently Published, Family Associations, DNA Studies in Progress

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Obituaries

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From Our Collections

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