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Happy Holidays from Travelogues of a Genealogist! I hope everyone has the chance to reconvene and rekindle good spirits with families, friends, and loved ones during this time. Talking about family history can solidify the family bonds and make for conversation during family celebration more enjoyable. Perhaps you have some new discoveries from your research or you want to enjoy an old photo album with relatives.

I am certainly humbled and grateful for the support from people this year. Thank you to my beloved family, friends, colleagues, followers, and readers! I’m leaving this year and entering 2016 with great optimism. The societies and organizations I have joined, including Association of Professional Genealogists (APG) and the New England   Chapter (NEAPG), Massachusetts Society of Genealogists (MSOG), and Central Massachusetts Genealogical Society (CMGS) have been nurturing communities for myself as a genealogist simply because they are great resources. Thanks to the National Archives at Boston as well for being my research getaway (one of the many perks of being a volunteer). Genealogy becomes more meaningful everyday; challenges and discoveries are equally exciting. Successful genealogy, I have learned through the years, lies in the process and this is a subject I think Travelogues of a Genealogist has tried to touch upon more this year. The methodology and evidence articles are always fun to do and hope they have assisted you in your own research. My increasing involvement with societies will take me to new repositories as well as visiting familiar sites, which will certainly be among the updates coming to you in 2016.

If you are interested in learning more about how genealogy can take on a more meaningful role in your life, I am happy to be offering a wide-range of services, from client research and consulting to lecturing and class instruction. The message behind Travelogues of a Genealogist is really the adventure one takes with their family history, in which we rediscover the past and putting into our own context the lives of our ancestors. My passion for history is fueled by the knowledge from working with and consulting others on their research. Monthly newsletters feature links with exciting news and developments in the family history field that I find while perusing social media. I am sure you will want to add some of these to your research toolbox for future use. Be sure to subscribe to the blog so you receive all the updates from Travelogues of a Genealogist. It’s been a great year of genealogy and your support has been the greatest holiday gift of all.


– Jake Fletcher


Recent Travelogues

“New Post on Legacy News: ‘Deconstructing the Deed’ ”, posted 8 Dec 2015.

Dexter J. Anderson and the Attack on Pearl Harbor,” posted 7 Dec 2015.

Using and Appreciating Indirect Evidence in Colonial American Genealogy,” posted 3 Dec 2015.

Suggestions For Your Research Toolbox

Fiona Fitzsimons, “The Evolution of Irish Surnames,” Findmypast (Blog), 15 Dec 2015.

Abigail Rieley, “Traditional Irish Naming Patterns,” Findmypast (Blog), 16 Nov 2015.

Sheilagh Doelfer, “Maps of Maritime Canada,” Vita Brevis, 4 Dec 2015.

Using PERSI for research: Periodical Source Index,” GHL Blog, 30 Nov 2015.

Shannon Combs Bennett, “The Ins and Outs of Social Media for Genealogists,” The In-Depth Genealogist, 30 Nov 2015.

Judy Russell, “Mapping The Census,” The Legal Genealogist, 25 Nov 2015.

Diane MacLean Boumenot, “Providence County, Rhode Island Research,One Rhode Island Family.

New England Regional Genealogy Conference – Call for Papers

NERGC will be back in 2017 and I’m looking forward to attending, and who knows, maybe speaking.

To view the press release from Dick Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter, click here.

To submit lecture proposals, visit here.

Stories of Interest

Erin Blakemore, “Logbooks From 19th Century Whaling Ships Could Help Climate Change Scientists,” Smart News (smithsonian.com), posted 17 Dec 2015.

Christopher Klein, “Legendary Billion-Dollar Shipwreck Found Off Colombian Coast,” History in the Headlines, posted 8 Dec 2015.

Judy Russell, “Not passing in the night,” The Legal Genealogist, posted 19 Nov 2015.

Jeff Keeling, “Young historian helping bring county’s history to the fore,” The Johnson City News & Neighbor, 25 Nov 2015.

Michael Schulder, “The 14 Year Old Boy Who Survied ‘In The Heart of the Sea,'” The Huffington Post (The Blog), posted 10 Dec 2015.

Robert Grandchamp, “Died in the Service of his Country:’ A New Look at Rhode Island Civil War Death Records“, The Online Review of Rhode Island History, posted 29 Oct 2015.



Jake Fletcher

Genealogist, Historical Researcher, Blogger

Lunenburg, MA




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