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Discovering Your Massachusetts Ancestors - Digital Download

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From the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620, Massachusetts has maintained some of the best-kept records for genealogists. This abundance has made it easier to research in the state. Even so, it's helpful to have a roadmap to cover almost 400 years of history. Join Marian Pierre-Louis as she provides an overview of researching in the Bay state and gets you on the right path to finding your Massachusetts ancestors.

This class was presented to a live webinar (online seminar) audience on January 18, 2012. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Viewers' comments:
  • Absolutely love Marian's presentations!
  • Excellent information even for the seasoned researchers.
  • Excellent overview of available sources on MA records and how to access them!!!!!
  • Excellent presenter - she knows her topic and presents a well organized session.
  • Fantastic. As a fellow Massachusetts professional genealogist, I'd give Marian an A+ on covering all the bases, making the subject accessible and interesting.
  • I used a tip from Marion during the seminar and I'm very sure I found my gr gr gr gr grandparents and one of their sons, my gr gr gr grandfather, not in MA but in New Hampshire! Wow!!
  • It was a very imformative program. I'm a long time genealogist who teaches and helps people get into lineage societies. And it kept me interested.
  • Marian covers the material very well, clearly, concisely, interestingly.
  • She is a wealth of information. It made me wish I had some Massachusetts ancestors! The African American portion was especially interesting to me. Thank you!
  • This is the best yet, good info clearly presented. Couldn't ask for better than that! Thanks to all.
About the author:
Marian Pierre-Louis is a genealogical writer and speaker who specializes in southern New England research (Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts). Born and raised in Connecticut, she has lived in Massachusetts for almost 20 years. Marian has three generations of recent family ties to Rhode Island and also links to some very old Rhode Island lines. As a result, these three states have become the focus of her research activity. Unlike most genealogists, Marian is spoiled to spend most of her time working with original records. You will most often find her researching at a town hall, registry of deeds, probate court or the local cemetery. Itís a rare day that Marian has to sit in front of a microfilm reader.

Marian is actively engaged in social media. You can find her starting conversations on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. She frequently speaks on New England topics including house history research, social media, African American research and a broad range of genealogical topics. She is the author of several blogs including:

Marian's Roots & Rambles
The New England House Historian

Her website is She is the author of Researching Your Connecticut Ancestors.

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