Let me introduce you to Google Books, if you haven't run into them yet! :-) I simply put the name Akarias de Austwick in a google search. The first couple of links that show up are the two entries that I used from British History On line, then this forum, and then a Google book, followed by some other Google books. This name was an easy one for searching, but some names give results to all sorts of people with similar names. Then I go straight to Google Books.
At the top of the google result page are these options: Web, Images, Video, Maps, News, Shopping, Mail, more. Click on MORE and a drop down mean will appear and choose Books. When you get a listing of books make sure to change the bar that says "Books Showing: "from all books" to "limited preview and full view." You may need to be a member to view the limited preview books, but Google is a good place to have a membership.
Of course, most names aren't as easy as Akarias de Austwick was to find information for. I have spent hours reading through pages of books on Google Books and have found nothing, then there are some names I've found lots of great information for. The record books don't always spell things out. Sometimes it take a combination of information from different sources. Between British History On-line and Google books, I've found some great information.
Also, Google books is best for books dealing with the U.K. and New England, but then I haven't done much searching for anywhere else. Harvard, Oxford, University of Michigan and University of Southern California have been the major contributors to helpful British medieval and Colonial New England.
Happy hunting & feel free to borrow any information you find on my site. Nancy López
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