Genealogy 101 at the Historical Society

by Paul Saulnier
February 18, 2018

"How many have tried to trace their genealogy"? asked Joanne Hulbert at the start of class at the Holliston Historical Society.

Town Historian Joanne Hulbert noted that the tracing of one's ancestors began back in the 1700s especially for kings and queens. Now everyone wants to know who their ancestors are. Are we related to one of those kings or queens. Is there a rich uncle out their who left us a fortune? Be careful what you ask for. There might be a mass murderer in the lineage.

If you still want to go forward in the research there are millions of sites on the internet. Go to the free ones first, Hulbert advises, to narrow your search to specific countries, counties, town and village names. If you are a first generation born in the USA, start with the home country of your parents. For those with generations born here before you, there is the New England History and Genealogy Society, The Mayflower Society, the National Archives in Waltham. National based organizations include Rootsweb.com and Googlebooks.

Churches are often a good location for birth records, as are town records. And for townies, there are the records rooms at the Historical Society and the town library.

 

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