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A Surname Guide to Massachusetts Town Histories.
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Phyllis O. Longver and Pauline J. Oesterlin. 1993. Soft cover, as new, 425 pages, alphabetical listing. The publisher writes: A large number of histories have been published for Massachusetts towns. Many of them contain genealogies and biographies of great interest to genealogists and family historians, but the family articles and other genealogical data on a given surname are very difficult to locate short of a volume-by-volume search. The present work addresses this problem by presenting a master guide to the surnames to be found in 128 volumes of Massachusetts town histories. Thus, given a surname about which data is desired, the present work will provide a list of town histories which contain data on that surname, thereby expediting genealogical research, and providing some clues as to how the family in question was distributed around the state. Altogether this guide contains nearly 56,000 citations to over 14,000 surnames. Each entry consists of a surname followed by a listing of the towns where that surname appears in the town's history. Each town name is associated with a code number which can be used to locate the history in the bibliography. Alphabetically arranged by surname. [O178-H]