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Solving a family mystery

My mother was born with an unusual last name – Cottuli – which has been both a blessing and a curse for my research. The blessing is that when I find someone with that last name, they always turn out to be related. The curse is that it’s misspelled everywhere and documents can be difficult to find. Recently, however, the uncommon name led to a very happy set of circumstances...


This blog post was originally written for publication on Vita Brevis, the blog of the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Continue reading on Vita Brevis


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