This presentation will focus on two specific strategies: 1) Before you begin searching the records for your New England Ancestors, spend some time learning the jurisdictional breakdown of the state where your ancestors say they originated. Each state is different. And these differences affect what records are available and where to find them. 2) Naming patterns--The 21st century explosion in DNA projects, tied each time to surname by direct descent, brings a new and perhaps unknown dimension into your research. How this new dimension will affect evidence in naming patterns remains to be seen–it's just too early to tell. Still a cautionary note is needed–back up all DNA evidence with actual documents each and every time--evidence from one can strengthen the evidence from the other. We will focus on the computer databases and special sources which list names with origins. Your ancestors may have already been located in a specific place or body of source material—just waiting for you to discover.