Saturday, June 08, 2013
ADRIFT IN A SEA OF INFORMATION
Nothing deep in this post but it sort of ties in with two other posts this week.
As I mentioned in an earlier post about online genealogy, FamilySearch recently
added the collection of images from the Massachusetts, Land Records, 1620-1986.
There are 5,766,135 images. Now, if you are someone with Massachusetts and
New England ancestry, this is genealogical manna from heaven. On my Dad's side
of my family, I have lines going back to the Mayflower and The Great Migration, so
I have quite a few names to search for on those records. I've barely scratched the
surface and I've already discovered some of those ancestors bought and sold a lot
This is going to take a while to go through all of them. A long while. I'm adrift in
a sea of information.
Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I'm already learning things, such as a hitherto
unknown occupation for one ancestor and that same land record may help establish
the timeline for that person's move from Massachusetts to New Hampshire.
I can now couple the Massachusetts Land Records with court records, pension files
and probate files to give a really good picture in some cases of a person's entire life.
I'm hoping that the Land Records will help me break down my John Cutter West
The only problem I have is trying to choose which ancestors to work on first. All
things considered, it's a pretty nice problem to have, though.