Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Best Family History Discovery This Week

Saturday has rolled around once again, so it is time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.

Here is this week’s challenge:

1)  What was your best family history or genealogy discovery (or discoveries) this past week (or month if you choose)?

First, I have to say I work on genealogically-related tasks every single day for a good part of each day.

Some of those tasks involve actual research, although most recently my one-place study of St. Dimitry’s Greek Catholic Church parish in Udol, Slovakia has filled most of my days.

Therefore, I don’t have any family history discovery about anyone in the family tree to share.

However, I did learn about a new-to-me book this week. My American Ancestors membership level includes a 30-minute consultation with a genealogist.

This consultation provided my best discovery of the week.

Besides several excellent suggestions to follow up on my quest to learn the maiden name of Susanna, wife of Thomas Burnham (1673-1749) of Ipswich, Massachusetts, David Allen Lambert recommended a book for my reference library and it’s one that I have not come across in the past.

This is an oldie-but-goodie. In 2006, Diane Rapaport wrote New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians.

Because many, but not all records were kept at the town level in New England, it can sometimes be a challenge to figure out where to look for various types of court records.

Rapaport’s book removes the mystery, which makes it an excellent candidate for my genealogy reference shelf. I have ancestral lines in every New England state.

New copies of the book are available online for under $30.00. However, I found one in very good condition for $5.75 plus shipping, so all in for less than $10.00.

It has been shipped, but won’t arrive until late next week. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge. It was a bit different and I liked it – after I figured out what my best discovery was!

One thought on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your Best Family History Discovery This Week”

  1. I think that discovering a new to book to have on a reference shelf that will be very useful is a great new discovery. I hope it helps out in your research.

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