Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

According to the Board for Certification of Genealogists, the standards for documenting call for genealogists to “identify the sources of all substantive information and images they gather, use, or plan to gather or use, except sources of ‘common knowledge’ beyond disputes, such as the years of major historical events.” [1] The problem is, what about when “common … Read more Myths in History: What is “Common Knowledge?”

Free Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

The Colonial Society of Massachusetts was founded at Boston in 1892 to promote the study of Massachusetts history from the earliest settlements to the beginning of the nineteenth century. The Society occasionally convenes conferences on the subject. It is a member organization of the Ne England Regional Fellowship Consortium. And it is co-sponsor, with the … Read more Free Online Colonial Massachusetts Records

Archaeology and Genealogy

When doing genealogical research, we become familiar with local history. Knowing and understanding the history of the areas where our ancestors lived can make a big difference in research success. It can also make a difference in understanding our ancestors’ lives and telling their stories. One area of local history that often gets overlooked is … Read more Archaeology and Genealogy

The Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project

Maps are a vital part of genealogical research. Recognizing their historical and genealogical value, the Massachusetts State Library initiated a major project to digitize a part of their collection. The Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project, supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is working to digitize the collection of … Read more The Massachusetts Real Estate Atlas Digitization Project