As part of this project, the original recordings and
rewritten records (copied and certified as true records
from deteriorating documents in 1855) at the Registry
of Deeds were scanned and digitally cleaned (only as necessary
for legibility purposes) and have been matched up with
the cited Sidney Perley’s typewritten translations.
Those deeds not originally translated by Perley, were
done in house. From the Home Page these documents
can be searched by town.
Historical maps were also scanned and formatted to fit the document. Other
GIS generated maps were created to illustrate spatial relationships between
tribes, locations of villages or events, Indian trails and migration patterns,
general locations of archeological finds and changes in occupancy over time.
Full-page maps are offered whenever possible to provide the greatest detail
over a large area. Earlier maps of New England, done by Europeans, create
the earliest geographic context New England Mass Bay Colony and Essex County.
Graphics have been selected from a variety of referenced source materials and
strategically placed to help teach or clarify selected topics relating to
political statements or Indian lifestyles.