Ames-Angier Family Tree, Massachusetts 1560-1937. WHI 50491.


Getting Started Researching Your Family History

An excellent overview of resources and what steps to do first. This is a great place to start your family research!


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Check Published Sources

Once you have gathered the core information about your ancestors, the next step is to add context by researching what others have written about various counties and families. Many of these sources are available to read both online and in our Library.

Learn tips for using local and county histories for geneaology research.

Learn tips for using our collections of over 40,000 published family histories for geneaology research.
Digging Deeper

At this stage, you are ready to fill out the story of your ancestors by researching these other family history resources.

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Cemetery Records Research Tips

Learn tips for using cemetery records for family history research.

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Passenger Lists Research Tips

Learn tips for using passenger lists for family history research.

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