New England

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Map of New England

Description[edit | edit source]

New England is a region located in the northeastern section of the United States which includes six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Neighboring Places[edit | edit source]

Portland Headlight & Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Vermont Covered Bridge
  • New England at Wikipedia [1]
  • Earliest known inhabitants were Native American
  • 1600 French, Dutch, and English traders began exploring the New World
  • 1606 King James I of England issued a charter, one of which was the Plymouth Trading Company
  • 1616 English explorer John Smith named the region New England
  • 1620 The region of New England was officially sanctioned on November 3, 1620 when the Virginia Company of Plymouth was replaced by a royal charter for the Plymouth Council for New England
  • 1620 The Mayflower brought Pilgrims near the tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  • 1620 The Mayflower Compact was signed
  • 1643 Because of French and Indian wars, the colonies of Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, New Haven, and Connecticut joined in a loose compact called the New England Confederation (officially "The United Colonies of New England")
  • 1652 Coins were made, including the: Willow, Oak and Pine tree shillings. On the coins, Massachusetts and a tree were on one side, and New England and the year were on the other side
  • 1686 King James II established the Dominion of New England, an administrative union comprising all of the New England colonies
  • 1689 The "Dominion" collapsed. After the dissolution of the Dominion of New England, the colonies of New England ceased to function as a unified political unit but remained a defined cultural region

New England Records & Research[edit | edit source]

In New England most original vital records of birth, marriage, and death can be found at the town clerk's office

New England
States Genealogy
Online Genealogy Records Guided Research Record Finder
Connecticut CT OGR CT Guided Research Connecticut Record Finder
Maine ME OGR ME Guided Research Maine Record Finder
Massachusetts MA OGR MA Guided Research Massachusetts Record Finder
New Hampshire NH OGR NH Guided Research New Hampshire Record Finder
Rhode Island RI OGR RI Guided Research Rhode Island Record Finder
Vermont VT OGR VT Guided Research Vermont Record Finder
New England Driveway

Other New England Resources[edit | edit source]

Ancestral Groups[edit | edit source]

Church Records, Cultural Groups, and Compiled Genealogies[edit | edit source]

For colonial genealogical resources, refer to the state of interest:

Church Records, Cultural Groups, and
Compiled Genealogies
Church Records Cultural Groups Compiled Genealogies
Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut
Maine Maine Maine Maine
Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts
New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire
Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island
Vermont Vermont Vermont Vermont


Colonial & State Resources[edit | edit source]

For colonial genealogical resources, refer to the state of interest:

New England Colonial &
State Information
Admitted into the Union Capitol Website
Connecticut January 9, 1788 (5th) Hartford ct.gov
Maine March 15, 1820 (23rd) Augusta maine.gov
Massachusetts February 6, 1788 (6th) Boston mass.gov
New Hampshire June 21, 1788 (9th) Concord nh.gov
Rhode Island May 29, 1790 (13th) Providence ri.gov
Vermont March 4, 1791 (14th) Montpelier vermont.gov

Family History Centers & Affiliate Libraries[edit | edit source]

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Archives & Libraries[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Community Trees[edit | edit source]

Mayflower Pilgrim Descendants[edit | edit source]

Online Resources[edit | edit source]

Immigration & Migration[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Military, Land & Court Records[edit | edit source]

New England Military, Land & Court Records Military Records Land and Property Records Court Records
Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut Connecticut
Maine Maine Maine Maine
Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts Massachusetts
New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire New Hampshire
Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island Rhode Island
Vermont Vermont Vermont Vermont

Publications[edit | edit source]

Compiled and abstracted records for New England that are available online:


Research Guides for New England

References[edit | edit source]

  1. New England at Wikipedia