PastTense Research

Searching for African-American or Native American Ancestors?

Has Your Search Led You to New England?

PastTense Historic Research specializes in African-American and Native American histories and ancestries in New England. Our mission is to awaken the past through excellence in historical and genealogical research and writing for the education and enjoyment of all.

New England’s Communities of Color

Native Americans are the indigenous people of New England and lived in that region for thousands of years prior to colonization. African-Americans came with the European colonists, as early as 1624. Because of their second-class status, the interactions of Native and African-Americans weren’t always recorded in the same manner as their white contemporaries. 

Nevertheless, YOUR ancestors can be found in a multitude of colonial, town, tribal, church, state, federal and personal records, archives, libraries and depositories in all six New England states.

About the Author

Cheryll Toney Holley, proprietor of PastTense Historic Research, is a professional researcher and writer specializing in African-American and Native American peoples in New England. For more than 20 years, she has compiled genealogies and written family histories for descendants of New England’s communities of color.  A trained historian, she also directs the Hassanamisco Indian Museum located in Grafton, Massachusetts.