Researching in Colonial New England

Ann G. Lawthers, Sc.D.
Feb 10, 2022
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Key Records
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About this webinar

Researching ancestors who lived in colonial New England can be challenging. This webinar begins by tracing settlement patterns, setting the stage for understanding key records and where to find them. For the 17th century, many unique published resources exist to help the family researcher. During the colonial years, several conflicts such as King Philip’s War and the Seven Years War affected settlement and thus the surviving records. The 18th century culminated in the Revolutionary War, but also saw the continued growth of settlement and ultimately resources for the family historian.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Ann G. Lawthers, Sc.D. is a Genealogist with the Brue Family Learning Center at the New England Historic Genealogical Society – American Ancestors. When at the Boston Research Center, she works with patrons to help them explore and expand their fa
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  1. MW
    Mary Wilson
    3 months ago

    Wow– great presentation, certainly helps with my Connecticut ancestors–anxious to start using the sources.

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    Normandie Miller
    10 months ago

    Are any records kept of people who came either through Canada, or those who sailed over in smaller ships-usually fishermen.?

  3. LW
    Linda Whitmore
    10 months ago

    Kudos to Ann. I listened to the webinar today, Thursday, stopping and backing up to write six pages of notes! Can she be hired to research one elusive probate record for John Whitmore, an ancestor killed by Indians (no will) in 1648 in Stamford, CT.? I’ve found the list of his belongings, but not to whom they were distributed — which ought to prove if he truly was the father of furthest-back PROVEN ancestor.

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      Robert Doughty
      9 months ago

      My 10th great grandfather is a John Whitmore, born 1589, Bristol, England, died 1648, Stamford, Connecticut. Said to have two wives: the first is unknown; the second is Joanna, the widow of John Jessup. My connection to John Whitmore is said to be daughter Anne Whitmore, from John Whitmore’s unknown first wife, of course. This Anne Whitmore, born about 1612 in England, married first, William Hulbert; Anne married second: Samuel Allen, 1631, in Braintree, Massachusetts.

    • Marian Pierre-Louis
      10 months ago

      Yes, she can be hired. I believe her email is on the handout.

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    Wanda Bower
    10 months ago

    Very thorough and very clear.

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    Patricia Diane Godinez
    10 months ago

    Although I am not doing research in this area of the United States, the presentation was very informative and interesting. I look forward to hear more from this person.

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    Lori Neumann
    10 months ago

    The information was presented so clearly, even a novice like me could understand and benefit!

  7. BD
    Barbara Dunn
    10 months ago

    I came in late but I heard some of the discussion of census, real estate & probate records sources. Very detailed. Speaker also spoke of keeping a timeline, which she explained was a way of keeping track of where people are in time & location.

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    Douglas Murphy
    10 months ago

    Will watch it again on replay! Maybe twice!


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