Around Thanksgiving, you might stand a bit taller with pride in your Mayflower Pilgrim roots.
Whether your Massachusetts ancestors include Pilgrims (who were actually headed for Virginia, but strayed off-course during a storm), Massachusetts Bay Colony settlers, Irish or French Canadian immigrants, or other Bay State residents, you can delve deeper into their genealogy records with help from our Massachusetts Genealogy: Beyond the Basics webinar.
If you’ve already done basic research using federal censuses and state-level vital records, take this opportunity to learn about more-advanced resources from Massachussetts genealogy expert Laura Prescott. Examples include:
- Massachusetts and Maine (then part of Massachusetts) Direct Tax List of 1798
- Massachusetts state censuses in 1855 and 1865
- school, business, meeting, freemen and other town records (in Massachusetts, towns are the basic record-keeping unit)
- probate, land and other court records
- the resources of the New England Historic and Genealogical Society, Massachusetts Archives and other state-specific repositories
The webinar is Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT, 5 p.m. MT, 4 p.m. PT). Anyone who registers gets access to view the webinar again as often as desired, plus handouts of the webinar slides.