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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Free Access to the Register

Okay, so access to the The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1847-1995 will be free March 20-22. But the search engine on the site is for names only, and you want to search by subject or place—or by surnames that appear in article titles.

If you have access to HeritageQuestOnline (and there's a good chance you do), you can use PERSI to search for Register articles that fit your criteria. Put "new england historical" in the keywords field to narrow down the results (this trick should also work for the PERSI database at Ancestry.com). Once you have a year and month of issue, go back to the Register search engine and punch in the year and an estimated page number. The easiest way to find the article you're looking for is to locate the table of contents for the issue, though even this can take some time.

If all else fails, check each page in the 149-year series one by one. That shouldn't take more than three days, right?

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