New England ancestors

This guide was last updated in 2011

If Richard Madeley’s episode has inspired you to follow in the footsteps of the first settlers, or more recent ancestors who made the long journey across the Atlantic, Kimberly Powell puts you on the right path...

Since the founding of the Plymouth Colony in 1620, the area now known as New England has attracted hundreds of thousands of emigrants from Britain. If you have relatives who were among them – whether early settlers like Richard Madeley’s family or more recent arrivals – you are in for a treat.

The rich collection of genealogical and family history material available for the six New England states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, includes vital and census records, city directories, town records, deeds, maps, probate records, court documents, manuscript collections, and published family histories.

While research in New England is the best way to maximise results, a number of important resources can be searched online or through your local UK Family History Centre run by the Church of Latter-day Saints.


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