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NGS Research in the States Series
New Releases: Research in Massachusetts, Research in Michigan (Revised and Updated), and Research in Rhode Island

Research in Massachusetts
By David Allen Lambert

European settlers first arrived in Massachusetts in the early seventeenth century in what was primarily the territory of Algonquian Indian tribes. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Massachusetts was a gateway of English, Scots, Welsh, and Irish emigrants. It also was a slave-holding state until 1783. During the nineteenth century, emigrants from Canada, eastern Europe, Great Britain, Italy, and Portugal, and freed African Americans settled in Massachusetts. Research in Massachusetts provides a solid framework and useful tool for researchers who may be looking for subject matter linked to a Native American tribe, a Mayflower ancestor, first settler documentation, or information on someone who arrived later in Massachusetts's history as well as other resources such as qualifying military service.

David Allen Lambert is the chief genealogist of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. The author of A Guide to Massachusetts Cemeteries, he has published numerous articles. Lambert is the tribal historian for the Massachuset-Punkapoag Indians and a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Published by NGS, Research in Massachusetts is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, cg ®, fngs, fuga, fvgs. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Research in Michigan (Revised and Updated)
By Brenda Leyndyke

Research in Michigan provides an overview of Michigan's history and settlement patterns from its first French settlement in 1668 into the twentieth century. This comprehensive guidebook includes information on major research centers as well as locally-focused institutions. Family historians will find an excellent discussion of the court system and how to access the numerous published decisions. An extensive section on ethnicities features information on fourteen groups with ties to Canada and Europe as well as resources on African Americans, Arab Americans, Asians, Chaldean, Hispanics, Native Americans, et.al. Other sections cover maritime and township research, documents on orphans, prison and schools, and WPA publications.

Brenda Leyndyke is a member of the Calhoun County(MI) Genealogical Society and the Michigan Genealogical Council. She is the author of an award-winning genealogy blog and lectures at societies in her area.

Published by NGS, Research in Michigan is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, cg ®, fngs, fuga,fvgs. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

Research in Rhode Island
By Diane MacLean Boumenot and Maureen Alice Taylor

Almost 400 years ago, Roger Williams, a minister who believed in universal religious freedom and the separation of church and state, founded the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Known for its independence, Rhode Island did not establish a state capital for several centuries. With the advent of the American Industrial Revolution, which began in Rhode Island, the nineteenth century witnessed the departure of Rhode Island families from their scraggly farmland to points north, south, and west. It also saw the arrival of a booming immigrant population, employed at the mills.

Given its history, Rhode Island presents family historians and genealogists with exceptional challenges. Authors Maureen Taylor and Diane MacLean Boumenot share their intimate knowledge of Rhode Island genealogical records and historical context. Researchers learn about the state's unique record sets, seaman's protection certificates, divorce records, and a wide array of town records, where most governmental operations took place. The book covers important repositories including the Rhode Island Historical Society, the State Archives, the Judicial Records Center, and various libraries. Its authors also provide tips for navigating these facilities plus opportunities for researching online or remotely. Records for Native American, early English settlements, and additional immigrant groups are all covered, with guidance on census, church, town, court, immigration, military, newspaper, and vital records.

Diane MacLean Boumenot has worked to demystify Rhode Island genealogical research on her website One Rhode Island Family. She has created four webinars on Legacy Family Tree Webinars and volunteers at the Rhode Island Genealogical Society and the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.

Maureen Alice Taylor is an author, lecturer, and former president of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society. She has written three books on Rhode Island and numerous articles. Other publications include The Last Muster (2 vols) and The Family Photo Detective.

Published by NGS, Research in Rhode Island is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, cg ®, fngs, fuga, fvgs. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.

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