FREE Access to 32 Probate-Related Databases on

FREE Access to 32 Probate-Related Databases on  (18-25 April 2017)

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April 18, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts—New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to thirty-two probate-related databases for one week—from Tuesday, April 18, through midnight (EDST) Tuesday, April 25—with registration as a free Guest Member on These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada. provides a wide variety of information and features on the use of probate records in family history research, and brings the probate research expertise of NEHGS staff to genealogists of all levels. It is a gateway to a deeper understanding of the use of probate documents in the study of one’s family history.

Probate records can be a powerful resource for genealogists and other researchers. These papers document legal decisions that explain how an individual’s estate is distributed to heirs, dependents, and creditors. Probates may list a person’s spouse, children, and other relatives. They may also contain important clues to a person’s financial status, by including a list of worldly possessions at the time of death. These details can reveal a lot about an ancestor’s personal life in addition to being a reliable proof of identity and may provide previously unknown information about an ancestor to add to the family tree.

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A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors

A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
Bellevue Club,  11200 Southeast Sixth Street, Bellevue, WA 98004
Registration includes five lectures, lunch, and an evening reception.
Cost: $125

From before the end of the Revolutionary War through the 19th century, thousands of New England families moved westward into Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri, and other areas. Despite the harsh journey across the Rockies, many of their descendants went further West seeking new land, industry, gold, and opportunity. Today, many families in the Pacific Northwest can claim New England heritage.

Spend the day with NEHGS and learn how to trace your early New England ancestors. Discover essential resources for 17th-c. New England research, understand early settlement and migration patterns, learn how to research your patriot ancestors, and more.

Beyond lectures you will have the opportunity to chat with our genealogists and visiting staff, enter to win door prizes, take advantage of NEHGS membership specials, browse select publications, and enjoy a meal and special reception with fellow family historians. Further your study of genealogy with the experts in family history!

9:00     Registration check-in, Bellevue Club
9:30     Opening remarks
10:00     Lecture: Migrations out of New England, David Allen Lambert
11:00     Lecture: 17th-Century New England Research and Resources, Lindsay Fulton
12:00     Lunch (included with registration)
1:00     Lecture: Using Early New England Land Records, David Allen Lambert
2:00     Break
2:30     Lecture: Using Early New England Probate Records, Lindsay Fulton
3:30     Lecture: Researching Colonial and Revolutionary War Soldiers, David Allen Lambert
4:30     Break
5:00     Reception, Bellevue Club
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A Day with NEHGS: Researching Early New England Ancestors