There are many genealogical resources available for Massachusetts research.
Even before their arrival, the Pilgrims and Puritans began to create records
that family historians find fascinating. In fact, there may be more compiled
genealogies per capita for our state than for any other. Yet there are still
gaps to be bridged and puzzles to be solved, particularly in the eighteenth and
early nineteenth century, for which comparatively few original records have been
published.Anyone approaching research in a new state of the Union would
do well to get some background on that particular state’s genealogical
resources. So in this first column I will list some helpful materials and
comment on each. In future columns we will treat individual topics, beginning
with vital records.
There are other similar materials. See the bibliography at the end of the
Massachusetts section of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England
Research. A search of library catalogs will turn them up. Next month we’ll
get into some of the details about searching for vital records.