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Question: 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?
Answer: 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.