With so many blogs being written every day, it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones to follow to enhance your genealogical research. Some blogs are forays into the research process, with records and resources. Some are personal histories with plenty of “cousin bait” included. Some are photo histories and curiosities, covering buildings and people and events. Some delve into cultural, religious, immigrant experiences, and more.
Blogs can inspire or direct your own research, leading you to new discoveries. They can help put your ancestors in context or explain the world around them. Below are more blogs to bookmark, covering historic Massachusetts in stories and photos as well as its graveyards, Redcoats, and folklore.
As mentioned in a previous article about Massachusetts-centric blogs, you can find more than 3,000 genealogy blogs listed on the Geneabloggers site and on the blogfinder at Genealogue. New England GeneaBloggers have a Facebook page. (To see a list of members and links to their blogs, click on the “about” tab.) And when you find a blog you like, check its blog roll for other interesting sites the blogger follows.
And This Is Good Old Boston
And This Is Good Old Boston link
“Boston history – sort of.” Mark B. tells stories and shares photos of Boston, enhanced with maps to pinpoint the landmarks.
Retro Boston Remembered
Retro Boston Remembered link
“Charles Boston’s scrumptious scrapbook of events and places from good old Retro Boston.” A new blog by the cultural historian who created Shopping Days in Retro Boston blog.
History of Massachusetts
History of Massachusetts link
Articles, animated timelines, photos, scanned books, and puzzles covering 17th to 20th century Massachusetts history, with an emphasis on 1692 witch trials and the American Revolution.
The Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit
The Old Colony Graveyard Rabbit link
“A blog devoted mainly to the cemeteries of Southeastern Massachusetts with occasional forays elsewhere in New England. A member of the Association of Graveyard Rabbits.”
New England Folklore
New England Folklore link
Peter Muise is an “avid folklore fan and New England native” who likes “exploring and writing about New England legends, folklore, and traditions.” Sites like these can help you understand some of your ancestral quirks and odd beliefs.
Muddy River Musings
Muddy River Musings blog link
Join Ken Liss on his “meanderings through the thickets of Brookline’s past.” A “researcher and amateur historian,” he offers “an idiosyncratic assortment: people, places, and events, big and small, … interesting, amusing, poignant, or peculiar, or that otherwise caught [his] eye.”
British Soldiers, American Revolution
British Soldiers, American Revolution blog link
“A place for information about British soldiers who served during the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Thousands of soldiers wore red coats, but little is known about them as individuals. This site will change that, soldier by soldier.”