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New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists And Historians Paperback – Feb 28 2006

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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Pen Press; 1 edition (Feb. 28 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933623071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933623078
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 998 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,832,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Timely and Wonderful March 3 2006
By J. Bruce Amstutz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a timely and wonderful reference 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, being able to file their complaints easily and cheaply in the courts, without lawyers. Hence, there is a wealth of family information in these court files -- often highly amusing.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
New England Court Records March 3 2006
By David Kendall Martin, FASG - Published on
Format: Paperback
It is so well organized, it will be handy for many future projects. I am impressed with its depth of coverage and its human tone with what could be an unfriendly presentation. Thanks immensely for putting this reference into the hands of those of us scrambling for answers to our New England genealogical puzzles.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Very highly recommended to all genealogy researchers April 4 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Format: Paperback
Very highly recommended to all genealogy researchers, whether novice or expert, New England Court Records: A Research Guide For Genealogists And Historians by Diane Rapaport (former trial lawyer with a B.A. in History and a J.D. degree in Law) is an in-depth 470-page collective study of the locations and contributions of New England's facilities and resources which would historians and genealogical researchers to better understand the history and citizenship of New England. Introducing the reader to a detailed description of each facility, along with contact and location information, and employing an easy-to-use format exploring a state, county, and city/township locator reference ideal. A major work that could well serve as a template for other regions of the country, New England Court Records is a thoroughly "user friendly" reference ideal for the purposes of genealogists and local historians researching the New England area.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A New Standard in the Field March 3 2006
By Malcolm C. Hamilton - Published on
Format: Paperback
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.