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New England Court Records
A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians  
By Diane Rapaport

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Winner, 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards for History and Reference
(and Finalist, Best New Voice in Nonfiction)!

ISBN:  978-1-933623-07-8
488 pages, 7” x 10” quality paperback binding
List Price: $29.95

Discover Ancestors and Trace Regional History
In New England Court Records from the 17th to the 21st Centuries

Whether you are a novice researcher—or an experienced genealogist or historian—this book will help you
to research 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 Records:

“A valuable reference tool as well as a training manual for historians and genealogists interested in New England.”

    Booklist, American Library Association, August 2006. Read full text of review…

“Because of the detail and accuracy of the compilation, New England Court Records is recommended to any serious genealogist.”

      FGS Forum, Federation of Genealogical Societies, Summer 2007.
A 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.

   Vermont Genealogy, July 2006.


“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 library collections.”

     Rhode Island Roots, Journal of the Rhode Island Genealogical Society, December 2006.

[T]his…is one 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.

     Genealogy Blog, Genealogyblog.com, Everton Publishers, August 17, 2006.

All who research in New England records should study this landmark publication.

     National Genealogical Society Quarterly, September 2006.

“A very important work – definitely a required addition for the collection of every genealogical library.”

     Columns (newsletter of the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors), March 2006.

“The 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.”

     The Bookwatch (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 research.”

      Illinois State Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2007)


If you’re doing research in the New England courts, this book is probably the most valuable resource you can consult.

     Archival Anecdotes (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 helpful resource.”

      Champaign, Ill. News-Gazette, May 23, 2008


Other praise 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 service.”

    Mary Beth Norton, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Professor of History, Cornell University, and author of In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692

“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.”

    Scott 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.”

    Kip Sperry, Professor of Family History,   Brigham Young University, Certified
Genealogist, and Fellow, American Society
of Genealogists

“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 valuable resources.”

    Helen Schatvet Ullmann, Certified Genealogist, Fellow, American Society of Genealogists, and Associate Editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register

“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.”

    Jane 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 directions.”

    Marilynne K. Roach, author of The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-to-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege.

"New 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, professional
genealogist and editor,
Old Broad Bay Family History Association Newsletter

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.

Her latest book is The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England

Visit her websites at www.DianeRapaport.com and www.QuillPenHistorical.com.

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