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Like the other guides in our Genealogy at a Glance series, Massachusetts Genealogy Research gives you all the tools you need to make substantial inroads into your Bay State ancestry. Ms. Larson begins with an excellent summary of Massachusetts history from its Puritan and Pilgrim beginnings through the mid-19th century. Next comes a discussion of local records, for, as with other New England states, Massachusetts’ records are organized by town, not by county. The author then identifies the major statewide, regional, and ethnic repositories with genealogical and historical collections. The guide concludes with a listing of the major websites for Massachusetts research as well as the principal published sources for early Massachusetts genealogy. Sprinkled throughout the text, moreover, are special "research tips" to help the researcher make the most of the broader categories of information recommended by Ms. Larson.