17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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On-Line Discussions

One of the best uses of the Internet is to put people with similar interests in touch with one-another, with web-based bulletin boards, electronic mailing lists, and Usenet newsgroups.

Best! Mayflower and Early Families [Link #6]
This is a very cool site -- full of texts of wills and deeds, image scans of actual documents, a bulletin board for discussions, some vital records (Saybrook, CT, and Plymouth County, MA) -- even a couple of "slide shows" about the Plymouth colony and the events in Salem. The site was orginally called "The Massachusetts Enquirer: Mayflower, MA & New England Events, People, Life" -- an interesting attempt to portray colonial New England events as if being reported today -- but the site has been deepened and that has become only part of the site, renamed "The Colonial Gazette" when the site was given a major overhaul in March-May 1999. Thumbs up to the folks at Maddox Interactive for this contribution to the Internet!

Best! National Geographic's Salem Witchcraft Hysteria [Link #120]
This site is unlike any of the other materials I've found on-line: it's a hypertext, multimedia account, casting you, the reader, as one of the accused, and links to a discussion 'forum' and a chance to ask their expert questions!

Best! National Geographic's Salem Witch Hysteria Ask an Expert by Richard Trask [Link #123]
The best Q and A about Salem on the Web -- with answers by Historian Richard Trask, Town Archivist for Danvers (formerly Salem Village). You can even ask him your own question, but look through all the other questions first to see if someone has already asked it!

Best! GenForum's Genealogy Forums [Link #145]
Many, many web-based genealogy forums on surnames -- some of which should interest people researching the Salem witchcraft trials (such as COREY, PARRIS and TOWNE), with new ones being added all the time -- or if you don't find one for your favorite surname, you can start one of your own. From the site: "GenForum is a conglomeration of message boards (some people call them queries, we call them forums). Anyone can post to these forums and immediately have their data shared with other researchers. From our home page, you can access our over 8200 forums devoted to specific surnames, states, countries, and general topics."

Best! NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art by Tara Prindle [Link #155]
This amazing site, hosted at the University of Connecticut website, is full of pictures of various articles made by natives, loads of descriptions, instructions, bibliographies, recipes, games, with a chat room and a forum, and pages for the Nipmuc Indian Association of Connecticut (NIAC). Got a Top 5% rating from Lycos -- don't miss it! Please note: these images are copyrighted and permission must be obtained from Tara Prindle, the page author, to reproduce any of these graphics.

Best! Common-Place: The Interactive Journal of Early American Life by Jane Kamensky & Jill LePore, editors [Link #229]
A terrific site for anyone interested in high-quality scholarship about early America. Editor Kamensky, of Brandeis University, is the author of Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England, and Jill LePore, of Boston University, is the author of The Name of War: King Philip's War and the Origins of American Identity -- both must-have's on my bookshelf. This site includes features by New England's most-noted scholars on Early America, from Steven Nissenbaum to Joseph Ellis, reviews, column about new exhibitions & archives, a forum for school teachers and professors to discuss approaches to how to teach historical materials, an 'Ask the Author' interview, and a discussions board, The Republic of Letters. From the site: "Not a traditional scholarly journal...we range across interests and disciplines, from art history to archaeology, from politics to parlor manners." Definitely not one to miss!

The Salem Witchcraft Trials Live Cabin Chat [Link #278]
Every day, on the hour, fans of the Great Books from around the world gather here to participate in a live campfire chat. Generally this chatroom is most active from 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM EST

The Salem Witchcraft Trials Forum Frigate [Link #279]
Fom the site: "Post yer opinion, a link to some of yer work, or yer thoughts regarding the best books and criticisms concerning The Salem Witchcraft Trials."

Salem-Witch List by Margo Burns [Link #24]
This is an e-mail discussion list for descendants of the people involved in the Salem Witchcraft trials of 1692, hosted by Roots Web, a terrific source of genealogical information. There is a digest mode as well as regular mail mode.

alt.history.colonial [Link #27]
This is a Usenet newsgroup (now on Google) where various interesting conversation threads about colonial times come up. NOTE: If you are new to newsgroups, be aware that they are often spammed by unrelated content, and some of the off-topic postings to newsgroups can unfortunately contain information about sexually-explicit websites and the like.

The History Channel's United States Message Boards [Link #28]
The History Channel's message boards include a variety of topics of interest, but they change too frequently to list here

A&E's Biography Message Boards [Link #29]
You can sometimes find interesting discussions at this site, but they don't necessarily stick around for a long time. I have found threads about Pocahontas and Sara Goode here in the past. Why not start your own here?

TAMHA: Teaching American History List [Link #78]
From the page: "Purpose: TAMHA (Teaching American History) is intended to be a place for teachers of American History to share ideas, compare notes, discuss the historical and social issues that define education, and finally to commiserate about the trials and tribulations of teaching American history. The list welcomes all those who have a genuine interest in teaching American history and those who are concerned about the future of education in America. Please feel free to initiate your own conversation, join one in progress, or just comment."

The Brewers' Witch WWWBoard -- The Taproom [Link #121]
There is often a thread about the Salem Witchcraft Trials on this web-based bulletin board at a pagan site. Mostly people are asking for someone to please send them information for a paper they have to write -- but sometimes someone posts some useful information.

Ask a Historian by National Park Service [Link #136]
This site is not specifically about the era in question, but may give you access to historians who may be able to help you with your research. Look through the categories listed. From the site: "Do you have a question about the national parks, the National Park Service or American history? Ask one of our historians listed below. Just click on the name of the person you want to contact and send your question by e. mail. To help you direct your question each historian is listed with his or her subject area of expertise. Be sure to direct your question to the best source. You will receive a reply by e. mail within a few days."

GenForum's American Indian Genealogy Forum [Link #146]
Web-based forum on genealogy of American Indians.

Parris Family Genealogy Forum [Link #187]
Good place for people who are interested in Rev. Samuel Parris!

Colonial Religions Discussion Port [Link #272]
Lively live chats and message boards about Puritans, Quakers, and others.

American History Forums: The Salem Witch Trials [Link #337]
Got a paper to write and want some help?

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com