It has been two years since I wrote this post, but I think it is important for those just starting out, so I am reposting….
My first experience at genealogical research wasn’t research at all. But I didn’t know any better.
I wanted to know more of my ancestor David Pinder/Pindar/Pendar/Pender/Pynder. His Seaman’s Protection Certificate tells me he was a native of Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts, he was 5’11” with light hair, light complexion, blue eyes and a large scar on his bosom. He died at sea in 1815 at the age of 27. His young widow and their two young daughters ages 3 and 5, relocated to Malden, Massachusetts a distance of about 20 miles.
I knew how to research in Malden (or so I thought – keep in mind, this was my first week as a researcher), but had no idea how to research in Ipswich. So, I “Googled” the Ipswich Historical Society and asked if they could help. A few days later, they referred me to a local genealogist. We made contact, I sent…
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