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Discover Ancestors and Trace
In New England Court Records from the 17th to the 21st
Whether you are a novice researcher—or an
experienced genealogist or historian—this book will help you
court records with confidence!
Learn how to read and use court records—with clear explanations of legal
terms, illustrations from real cases
and step-by-step research examples.
This book also shows you where to find court records, in hundreds of
sources—courthouses, archives, books, microfilm, and the latest CDs and
Internet databases (which you can
access without leaving home!).
Reviews of New England Court
valuable reference tool as well as a training manual for
historians and genealogists interested in New England.”
“Because of the detail and accuracy of the compilation, New England Court Records is
recommended to any serious genealogist.”
Federation of Genealogical Societies, Summer 2007.
welcome tool for historians and genealogists. [A]
comprehensive bibliography of both the court records
themselves and of various aids to their use.”
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register,
New England Historic Genealogical Society, October 2006.
“Make room on your
shelf of must-have New England genealogical reference books for this
thorough and indispensable guide.
“Court records are an amazing source of information….
This is the best book to date on the subject and a
mandatory acquisition for New England researchers and
Rhode Island Roots,
Journal of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, December 2006.
of the most important genealogical reference books published in 2006—and
that puts it in some very exclusive company. Every New England researcher
would do well to purchase a copy of Diane’s book—and then use it.”
Genealogyblog.com, Everton Publishers, August 17, 2006.
who research in New England records should study this
National Genealogical Society Quarterly,
very important work – definitely a required addition for the collection of
every genealogical library.”
(newsletter of the International Society of Family History Writers and
Editors), March 2006.
essential reference to understand and locate legal records in
the New England states. This book is a winner!”
Ancestry Daily News
(Ancestry.com), March 3, 2006.
“Very highly recommended to all genealogy researchers…. A thoroughly “user
friendly” reference ideal for the purposes of genealogists and local
historians researching the New England area.”
(library newsletter of the Midwest Book Review), April 2006.
“Archive boxes all over the region will see the light of day
for the first time thanks to this comprehensive guide,
making records accessible and opening up new avenues of
Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly,
Vol. 39, No. 1 (2007)
you’re doing research in the New England courts, this book is probably the
most valuable resource you can consult.”
(publication of the Friends of the National Archives), Spring/Summer 2006.
“A must-have work for
anyone researching ancestors in Connecticut, Maine,
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and/or Vermont.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced genealogist, a
librarian or historian, you will find this book to be a
News-Gazette, May 23, 2008
for New England Court Records:
“What an amazing resource! Librarians, historians and genealogists should
run, not walk, to buy this book. Diane Rapaport has done us all a great
Beth Norton, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Professor of History, Cornell
University, and author of
In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of
“Ms. Rapaport has created the first-of-its-kind guide to federal and state
court records for all of the New England states. She has covered the basic
terminology and structure so even a beginning genealogist or historian can
jump right in to discover the treasures that lie within these court
documents. This book is your key to unlock the door.”
Andrew Bartley, editor,
The Mayflower Descendant and Vermont Genealogy
“Diane Rapaport has written a scholarly and monumental research guide to New
England court records. Anyone researching New England ancestors will want
this reference book in their library. It is highly recommended.”
Sperry, Professor of Family History, Brigham Young University, Certified
Genealogist, and Fellow, American Society
“New England court records are full of interesting detail about our
forebears and their culture. Diane Rapaport’s book makes it easy for
everyone—beginners and experienced researchers alike—to find and use these
Schatvet Ullmann, Certified Genealogist,
Fellow, American Society of
Associate Editor of
New England Historical and
“This remarkable work offers a thorough guide to court records all over New
England, and much more: explanations of legal terminology, extensive
bibliographies, and colorful examples that entertain as well as inform.”
Fletcher Fiske, Fellow, American
Society of Genealogists, and author of
Gleanings from Newport Court Files 1659-1783 and Rhode Island
General Court of Trials 1671-1704.
“Diane Rapaport’s extensive New England Court Records reveals a trove
of legal sources, shows where to find the material (not always where you’d
predict), and explains how to use it. Genealogists and historians be
advised: this fascinating guide may take your research in unexpected
Marilynne K. Roach, author of
The Salem Witch
Trials: A Day-to-Day Chronicle of a
Community Under Siege.
England Court Records combines three valuable reference tools into one
book. Part I (Understanding the Basics) is a boon to researchers with no
formal training in legal concepts and terminology. Part II tells where to
find court records for each New England state. And Part III (Sampling the
Sources) gives ideas and inspiration, no matter what state you're
researching. A great book!"
Helen A. Shaw, MA,
genealogist and editor, Old Broad Bay Family History
Diane Rapaport (a former trial lawyer with a B.A. in History and a J.D. in Law) is a historical consultant and professional genealogist.