RESEARCH SERVICES PROVIDED
We provide extensive research following standards as prescribed by the Board for Certification of Genealogists. Creating family histories and obtaining access to New England historical resources is our specialty.
Services include, but are not limited to:
- Genealogical problem-solving and family history research
- Research plan consulting
- Local record retrieval
- Artifact and landmark photography
- Training and education for schools and communities
CURRENT PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE:
“Who Lyeth There?”: Using Genealogy to Understand Settlement Patterns in Early Colonial Massachusetts
There are an estimated 80 unidentified burials in the Brigham Street Old Burial Ground in the Worcester County town of Northborough. Separated from its parent town of Westborough in 1744, and annexed from the Marlborough Plantation in 1717, Northborough's first settlers had lived, worked, and died in the town since the early 1700's. The town's first burial place has only 5 remaining grave markers, but many more unidentified burials can be found at the site. Research completed by Beth Finch McCarthy has identified over half the burials, all belonging to the families of the town's founders and earliest families.
This presentation uses the current preservation project of a seemingly empty colonial burial ground in Northborough, Massachusetts as a backdrop to tell to the stories of the earliest families of New England. Themes include how the first towns were created and how successive generations expanded westward, bringing with them family gossip and scandals. Modern day efforts to preserve historical graveyards are explained using the Brigham Street Old Burial Ground as an example. The towns included in the research are those that came from the original Marlborough Plantation: Marlborough, Westborough, Northborough, Hudson, and Southborough.
“A Portrait of Victorian America: Using Old Letters to Discover a Rich Family History”
Old family letters hold many clues to what it was like to live in another time and place. One specific collection of old family letters colorfully illustrates the life and times of both New England and the nation in the 1800's. Members of the Holbrook family lived in both the North and in the South at a time in American History when the Abolition was taking hold and the Industrial Revolution was changing the American way of life.
Correspondence spans from 1830 to 1877 and is written by two generations of the Holbrook Family. The eloquent letters reveal intriguing details of life during the 19th century as experienced by real people. Themes in this presentation include transportation, education, medicine and disease, slavery, and feminism in 19th century America.
Genealogy 101 Workshop: "Who ARE You Anyway?
Learn techniques and strategies for researching your family's unique story. Topics covered include how to plan a research project, where to look for clues and information, and how to organize what you find.
Visit the companion website, BFM Research: Genealogy Training and Education for additional information on how to get started on a family history.