Online Conference: Researching 17th-Century New England

$ 125.00

Due to popular demand, we have created this special "view-only" opportunity for you to participate in our online conference, Researching 17th-Cenutry New England: Genealogy, History, Legacy. While you won't be able to join the live broadcast, you will be able to access all of the materials (slides, handouts, etc.) and watch a recording of each session. You will also be able to send in your questions by email to the moderator and/or instructors, benefit from conference specials, and be entered to win a 30-minute consultation with a genealogist. You will not miss any of the content by participating this way. Upon completion of your order, you will receive a receipt of your payment and a separate email with information on how to access the conference webpage and content. You will have until the end of October 2018 to watch, download, or print the conference materials.

About the conference: 

Join preeminent early American genealogists, historians, and scholars in NEHGS’ inaugural online conference. Gain a deeper understanding of your early New England ancestors through a full day of online lectures, activities, and resources. Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England, understand the settlement and migrations within early New England, become familiar with the original accounts and records, gain valuable research strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and learn about ongoing scholarly contributions to the field of study.

Instructors include: Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director of the Great Migration Study Project; Dr. Francis J. Bremer, Professor Emeritus of History, Millersville University; Christopher C. Child, Editor of Mayflower Descendant; David C. Dearborn, FASG, Senior Genealogist Emeritus; and Alicia Crane Williams, FASG, Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project.


Session #1:
Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England, presented by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
Learn about the genealogical and ideological connections among the Puritans who settled New England and receive a sneak preview of the forthcoming book, Puritan Pedigrees: The Deep Roots of the Great Migration to New England (due out in 2018).

Session #2:
Settlement of Early New England, presented by David C. Dearborn, FASG
From Plymouth Colony to the frontiers of northern New England, early migration and settlement patterns are complex. By understanding the movements of New England’s earliest settlers, you will gain a valuable overview to the region’s history. This understanding may also inform genealogical conclusions about your own ancestors.

Session #3:
Sourcing the Stories of Early New England, presented by Dr. Francis Bremer
There is a larger amount of published and unpublished primary sources available for the study of early New England than for almost any other period of pre-20th century American history. Dr. Bremer will review the nature of these sources, how one can find and access them, and discuss how the researcher needs to interact with and contextualize the materials.

Session #4:
Working in and Understanding Original Records, presented by Alicia Crane Williams, FASG
While much has been transcribed and published, there are still instances in which you will need to locate original records, decipher 17th century handwriting, and understand nomenclature particular to this time and place. Alicia Crane Williams will illustrate how to go about working and understanding important primary sources.

Session #5:
Breaking Down Genealogical Brick Walls in 17th c. New England, presented by Christopher C. Child
As with most areas of family history, early New England is not without its challenges. Common names, missing maiden names, and unknown origins are just some of the issues facing family historians for this period. Using a number of case studies, Christopher C. Child will bring to light some lesser known resources, discuss strategies for breaking down genealogical brick walls, and even use DNA to solve a genealogical brick wall.

RETURNS: Due to the nature of this product and the ability to watch and rewatch the recordings according to your own schedule, there are no refunds.

NOTE: This copyrighted broadcast is the property of New England Historic Genealogical Society. Any rebroadcast or reproduction without the express written consent of NEHGS is strictly prohibited.