Welcome to this blog written by Bridging the Past. We help genealogists connect to their colonial New England ancestors by sharing with them information about the lives of their ancestors. What did they eat? What did they wear? What was a typical day like? Did my ancestor fight in a war? What was life like for that ancestor, and for the loved ones he left at home? Why did they move? Was it part of a larger movement? By answering these questions, and many more, you can bring your ancestors to life and feel closer to them.
This blog is an ongoing case study of how to place an ancestor in social and historical context. The importance of understanding US and local history, politics, movements, and religion will be exemplified. Both primary and secondary documents will be utilized. A new post will appear the 1st Monday of each month.
In addition to this blog, we provide other services to help you place your ancestors in historical and social context. Our Bridging The Past website contains a blog about social and historical context and research in a broader perspective. Relevant exhibits and events of a historical, social or cultural significance to genealogists in the greater Boston area, and to a smaller extent, in, New England, are also covered in this blog.
We design lectures to answer these questions and give genealogists the tools and resources to personally connect with their ancestors by fleshing out the lives of their ancestors so they are more than names, dates and places on a piece of paper. Find a complete list of current lecture topics and upcoming talks here.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org