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  •  If you haven't been yet, the National Archives (4+ / 0-)
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    klompendanser, edwardssl, Jim H, mayim

    On Trapelo Rd. in Waltham is a great place to do some digging.  My Dad has been able to find all sorts of neat family stuff like ship manifests, passenger lists, etc.

    Check it out sometime....you're right down the street.

    "It is never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot

    by paulitics on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 07:13:17 PM PST

    •  I drove by this building just a few hours ago (0+ / 0-)

      I used to live in Waltham and was there visiting relatives this weekend.

      I seem to recall the the N.A. used to offer classes in how to do research at their facility.  I wonder if they still do that.

      I have used Ancestry.com but it is expensive and all branches of my family came to the US after 1860, and I have no clue what towns they came from in Ireland, N. Ireland, England and Wales.  All the census records only show the country, but not the city.  I haven't done it yet, but am hoping that birth certificates will show the city of origin for the parents, and that will help me in pinning down records from ships manifests.

      I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

      by DamselleFly on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 04:42:03 PM PST

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    •  Wow! Anita Hill to Speak in Waltham on Geneology (0+ / 0-)
      Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, & Finding Home
      Date and Time: Thurs. Dec 6, 2012, 6 P.M.

      Professor Anita Hill speaks on her genealogy research, observations, experience, and insights.
      Location: The workshops take place at the National Archives at Boston, 380 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA.

      Registration: Reservations Required. Call (866) 406-2379 or e-mail boston.archives@nara.gov to register and for more details. All lectures are FREE and OPEN to the public.

      National Archives-Waltham MA-Dec 6

      I fall down, I get up, I keep dancing.

      by DamselleFly on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 05:17:33 PM PST

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    •  Yes, I went over there (0+ / 0-)

      and found Rev. War pension files for two gr-gr-gr-gr-gr-grandfathers (that's 5x), from the same town in Mass. who each moved to the Woodstock, Vt. area just after the revolution. Their grandchildren married each other. I'd had no idea anyone was in the country before 1860 or so.

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