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?: Digging Up Ancestor Records with Early Colonial Settlement Patterns"
Researching your early colonial family presents many challenges; events may have not been recorded or there is no consistent standard for where records are located. This case study, inspired by a seemingly empty colonial burial ground, focuses on a specific group of Puritan families who settled the Massachusetts Bay Colony during the Great Pilgrim Migration. As the story unfolds, you will learn how to place your own ancestor into historical context and effectively locate historical records, burial ground studies, and other important evidence sources.
Length: 1 hr
“A Portrait of Victorian America: Using Old Letters to Discover a Rich Family History”
Old letters hold many clues to what it was like to live in another time and place. A collection of 19th century family correspondence colorfully illustrates the North and South at a time when Abolition was taking hold and the Industrial Revolution was changing the American way of life. Three generations of the Holbrook family of Westborough, Massachusetts personally witnessed major historical events, making their stories an integral part of our country's. 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.
Length: 1 hr
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.
Length: 1-1/2 hours or multi-session course (depending on group)
Visit the companion website, BFM Research: Genealogy Training and Education for additional information on how to get started on a family history.