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About Diane Rapaport
Diane Rapaport, a former trial lawyer, has made a new
career as a historical consultant,
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
Diane enjoys speaking to groups and
is available for programs nationwide.