J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, September 07, 2008

“Families of Western Massachusetts,” 20 Sept 2008

The New England Historical Genealogical Society is hosting a one-day conference on “Families of Western Massachusetts in 1790” on 20 Sept 2008 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The N.E.H.G.S.’s announcement says:

Western Massachusetts was a crossroads of migration. The transient nature of families in this area, especially during the post-revolutionary years, makes western Massachusetts a major target area for thorough genealogical treatment. In 1790 the population of Berkshire County was 30,291 and Hampshire County was 59,681, making a total of just under 90,000—slightly larger than all of Vermont and comparable to the population of Maine.

Join Michael J. Leclerc and Christopher C. Child, editors of the upcoming N.E.H.G.S. publication Western Massachusetts Families in 1790 for a day-long program examining the history of western Massachusetts and hear how you can contribute to this exciting new book series.
Session topics include “General Migrations to Western Massachusetts,” “Western Mass and the Revolutionary War,” “Researching in Western Massachusetts,” and “Using the Corbin Collection.” Here is the PDF registration form.

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