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About Diane Rapaport
Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new career as a historical consultant, genealogist, award-winning author and popular speaker. She offers an unusual combination of expertise and experience—in law, history and genealogy—and she enjoys discovering and telling the stories of our past. She specializes in court records and other historical resources of New England, and her current research focuses on African Americans and Native Americans in the colonial period.

Her latest book, The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England (Commonwealth Editions, 2007), was a finalist for ForeWord magazine’s 2007 “Book of the Year” Award for History. Her first book, New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians (Quill Pen Press, 2006), won three 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards from the Independent Book Publishers Association—Best History Book, Best Reference Book, and finalist for Best New Voice in Nonfiction. Diane also writes for magazines. For many years, she wrote the popular “Tales from the Courthouse” column for American Ancestors (formerly New England Ancestors, journal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society), which earned three “Excellence in Writing” awards from the International Society of Family History Writers and Editors. Read more about her publications.


Diane enjoys speaking to groups and is available for programs nationwide.

Her research and consulting business, Quill Pen Historical Consulting, offers:

  • Historical and genealogical research

  • Writing and editing

  • Litigation and probate support

  • Lectures and workshops


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