I have a B.A. in History but never realized the roles my ancestors played in New England’s history until I started researching my mother’s Rhode Island family about 10 years ago. I am researching the ancestry of four great-grandparents: Russell Earl Darling, Eva Louise Murdock, Miles Edward Baldwin, and Bessie Blanche Martin. My mother’s family arrived in southern New England almost 400 years ago and never got far, since we’re still here. This blog will contain some of our stories, problems, research experiences, questions, and mysteries as I pursue the search for those that came before us. I am very grateful to everyone who reads the blog, it really keeps me going. Thank you!
I am happy to get questions about research strategies and resources, as well as documentation and citation questions. I love research! There is not much I can do with a question about your specific ancestor; I cannot do the research for you. If you’re wondering how to get a little deeper into your Rhode Island research, check out my “8 Weeks to Better Rhode Island Genealogy Research” series; it may help you add something to your genealogy toolbox.
I give presentations from time to time at libraries or genealogy meetings. Three topics that I am currently presenting are:
- Find Your Colonial Rhode Island Ancestors
- Four Brick Walls and How They Were Solved
- 10 Things You Need to Know About Genealogy Blogs
After spring, 2017 I will also have two additional presentation:
- Produce Your Family History Book for $20
- Digging Deeper with Rhode Island Military, Pension and Probate Records
Feel free to message me using my email address on the side column. For a small local group, a fee of $100 is acceptable.
Professional Genealogy Work
I do not currently accept clients. If you are looking for professional help with your genealogy, I may be able to suggest someone, but I think often people aren’t aware that a professional genealogist in New England is likely to charge at least $40/hour, is likely to have a 5- or 10-hour minimum, and the hours will be spent planning your research, conducting some research, writing results, and suggesting future strategies. Because pre-1850 Rhode Island vital records are so spotty, serious strategizing is needed for solving a mystery. So that is what you’re paying for; seeking an elusive ancestor is never as easy as opening one book in a town hall and spotting the answer. It really doesn’t work that way.
I wish you success with finding your Rhode Island ancestors and their stories!
–Diane MacLean Boumenot
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Providence’s South Main Street / Benefit Street area
Photos by Diane Boumenot; photo editing by Jessica Mack