Thursday, December 01, 2005

The Insider: Planning a southern escape

If you’ve ever wanted a good reason to go south for the winter, think about the possibility of island ancestors. According to Henry B. Hoff, cg, fasg, editor of The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and former editor of The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, many Americans have one or more ancestors in the West Indies . . .
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usually because of trade or civil unrest. In his article, "West Indies Research at NEHGS" (New England Ancestors, Fall 2005) Hoff highlighted collections in the library at 101 Newbury St.

At the FGS/NEHGS conference he’ll expand this topic. Attend his lecture, American Connections to the West Indies to find out what is available for what islands. He’ll cover published sources available in major libraries. All you’ll have to do is dream about mornings on the beach, afternoons in the archives next winter and evenings going over all your research notes from his lecture. It sounds like a perfect vacation.

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