I received my copy of the fifth edition of the Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research today, and have to say I’m impressed! When I originally ordered the book last Fall, I wondered if this would mirror the Handybook for Genealogists (a wonderful resource), or would it offer new content. (Surprisingly, I’ve not ever seen the previous four editions. How have I missed it all these years?) It certainly didn’t disappoint.
For each state, the book provides a summary of the state’s history, and then has a section discussing each of the following:
- Vital Records
- Church Records
- Probate Records
- Land Records
- Court Records
- Military Records
- Other Records
State repositories are listed with contact information, hours of operation, and types of records found within each. Next is a list of counties, followed by a helpful list of extinct counties. (From this I learned of Maine’s extinct county, “Old Lincoln”, which was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from 1652-83. I would have otherwise incorrectly assumed Old Lincoln referenced the present-day county of Lincoln.)
What I like best about this new NEHGS publication is the many county maps that include details of the towns therein. This book will definitely be sitting on my desk for regular reference, as most of my research is centered in New England towns. Thanks, NEHGS, for a wonderful book. It was well worth the wait!