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New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historiansby Diane Rapaport
Learn how to read and use court records--with clear explanations of legal terms, illustrations from real cases and
Discover ancestors and trace New England history in 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, CDs and Internet databases (which you can access without leaving home!).
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Meet the Author
Diane Rapaport is a former trial lawyer with a B.A. in History and a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree in Law. An award-winning author and frequent lecturer for historical and genealogical programs, she writes the popular "Tales from the Courthouse" column for New England Ancestors magazine.
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This is a timely and wonderful work. For those interested in uncovering information about seventeenth-century New England ancestors, this is an excellent resource guide. As many family researchers know, court records for the 1600s are one of three important sources of genealogical information, the others being vital records (town and church) and wills. The early settlers were litigious, and could file their complaints in the courts easily and cheaply, without laywers. Hence, there is a wealth of family information in these court files -- often highly amusing.
Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has worked for years as a legal practitioner with court records. This thorough and important work on a little known subject, outside the legal profession, will become a standard for genealogists and historians. For the first time, we have an extensive but readable guide to the intricacies of the often surprising riches found in court records. She provides an overview of the American legal system, the specifics of New England courts, types of court records, and where to look for them in each of the states, county by county. This book is a must-purchase for any serious genealogical library, personal or professional.
As a midwest genealogist with New England roots this book is indeed a most valuable tool. Diane Rapaport uses clear everyday language and her expertise as a lawyer to guide the researcher step by step thru a vast treasure trove of historical records. If like me you want to find more about your ancestors than just names and dates this is the book for you.