Project: Puritan Great Migration

Categories: Puritan Great Migration Project

Welcome to the Puritan Great Migration WikiProject!

This project focuses on improving profile pages and research of early New England colonists who started arriving after the Mayflower and form the 20-40k settlers who arrived as part of the "Great Migration" generally associated with the Puritans between 1621 and 1640 (some say 1650). It includes both Puritans and non-Puritans, with the exception of those who came over in 1620 on the Mayflower, which has its own project.

As you edit and improve profile pages, place {{PGM}} on any profile page of someone who EMIGRATED to New England during the above time period. This is just for immigrants, not for their descendants.

When using g2g to discuss research related to the Puritan Great Migration, please use the tag PGM.


Project Template & Box

At the top of the profile place the following:

{{Puritan Great Migration}}

This template should be placed on any profile of an emigrating ancestor that came to New England between 1620 and 1640, inclusive. Exception: Mayflower Passengers have their own template.

See Template:Puritan Great Migration for the different ways you can modify this template.


  • Sources. Please read this page for a range of sources that the project is using to support our efforts.
  • Narrative clean-up. Recognizing that not all members of this project have the same level of interest or availability, the following are guidelines, not requirements. The ultimate goal is to have a profile that is easily readable, devoid of duplicative data and useless information (such as REF ID numbers generated by uploaded GEDCOMs), and conveys a brief chronological history of the individual. Suggested subheaders include:
    • Disputed Origins (or Relations). Open with this when there is significant difference of opinion about parentage or spouses. Describe the problem and link to disproven or unproven links. Here's an example. Note the section also includes a link to a related G2G question-- another good practice for discussing such disputes. IMPORTANT: It is the policy of the Puritan Great Migration project (which follows, until better evidence is revealed, the conclusions reached in Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration series) to:
      • Add a "Disputed Origins" section at the top of the profile. In this section, briefly summarize the problem, and include links to the disputed parents in this section.
      • Detach the disputed parents from the profile itself (as parents)
      • Ditto with spouses.
    • Biography. Typically organized in a chronological manner, this section describes the life of the person.
    • Last Will & Testament. Because such documents often include very important family-relationship information, please include where available. It is not necessary to transcribe the entire text of a will; simply highlight the particulars. Here's an example.
    • Sources. There is still a lot of inconsistency about how Sources are displayed. There are three types of sources:
      • Footnotes. This would contain the <references /> tag and be the place where footnoted references appear.
      • Additional Sources. These are additional sources of interest, not appearing in specific footnotes, but that provide otherwise good information.
      • Contributors. This is a list of wikitree users who have contributed sourced information-- usually IDs associated with pre-merged duplicate profiles. If in doubt about whether the person contributed sourced information, leave them in. If you spend time cleaning up this profile, you may add yourself, but it is not required.

If you are interested in discussing profile narrative standards, please consider participating in the Profile Improvement Project.

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The co-leaders of this project are:

See the badge report for the full list of current participants.

How to Join

If you would like to be involved in the Puritan Great Migration project, please do the following:

  1. Add PGM to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all our discussions in your G2G Feed.
  2. Ask Jillaine to award you the Puritan Great Migration Project Member badge.
  3. Add your name to the list below, along with a note about what you're working on in this project right now. (Be sure to update it periodically.)

NOTE: Project members who have been inactive on wikitree for 6 months or more will lose their project badge. You can always get it back when you return to "active duty" on Wikitree.

Our Progress

Beside your name below, please keep track of what you're currently working on for this project. This is both for your own reference, and to aid collaboration amongst the project participants. If you are going to be temporarily inactive in the project (eg. on vacation), please note that here. Thanks!

  • AnneB I did the Bunnells and Wilmots of New Haven, also Demings and Gilberts in Wethersfield, and some other odds & ends. Don't know yet what's next on the plate.
  • Cynthia Billups - mostly Connecticut families, started with the Meads, and they led to others in Stamford and Fairfield
  • Tom Bredehoft - My primary interest is the Pettibone Family. I expect to be active on merging duplicates and cleaning up profiles.
  • Chandler Hoyt MA and other PGM I am always searching my trees.
  • Kyle Dane - Dane, Thacher, Sherman and Pond first, then any related families (which could be all of them).
  • April Dauenhauer - Began with Editha Stebbins-304 and related settlers of Springfield etc. May 10 - UPDATE: colonial immigrants from Magna Carta Ancestors by Douglas Richardson, using his list.
  • Eowyn - I'll work on adding the template to profiles in the Puritan category. (Done through Edward Culver (8/1/13)
  • Kimball G. Everingham - I plan to use Anderson's Great Migration series to update (or at least review) the following profiles: William Bartholomew 1634; William Beardsley 1635; Thomas Bracy 1634; Jehu Burr 1630; Francis Bushnell 1635; Henry Coggan 1634; James Downing 1631; Nathaniel Foote 1634; Richard Harvey 1635; Thomas Hazard 1635; Thomas Joslin 1635; Nicholas Knapp 1630; Robert Lord 1635; Matthew Marvin 1635; Thomas Mayhew 1632; John Niles 1634; James Olmstead 1632; Thomas Page 1635; Robert Pease 1634; Ralph Shepard 1635; Timothy Stanley 1634; William Sumner 1635; William Swift 1634; John Warham 1630; Thomas Welles 1635; Joshua Wheat 1635; John Whitcomb 1635; Samuel Whitehead 1634. I'm actively working on those in italics.
  • A Fabry New London, Connecticut. Primarily the Welsh Group. Coit; Calkins; Brewster; Gardiner; Douglas; Chandler.
  • M. Gaulden, Mags - I am descended from the Lord line which settled in MA, CT, SC, and GA, in that order. (They split from Church's, founded new ones and moved on). As I continue to add my line, I will add the template to my Puritans as well as source information (most have already been added). I am also looking for PGM questions in G2G.
  • Abby Glann -
  • Kellie Griffith -
  • Bob Hall - Primary concern is my mothers Larrabee Ancestors, court records of Colony of Connecticut, abt. 1637-47, and their related their families; Nims, Bennett, Aldrich, Ballou, Wheaton, Tenney, etc. Also, Mayflower Ancestor: Francis Cooke. My fathers lines, Wilcox, Fish, Sherman, Dodge, Keyton, Harrington, Aldrich, Snow, Rathbun, etc.
  • Cheryl M Hammond - Currently focusing on Thomas Blodgett.
  • Darlene Athey Hill - Will focus on the Nantucket families.
  • Chris Hoyt Direct descendant of Dolar Davis MA: Nathaniel Mowry RI: Gregory Dexter RI; John Hoyt MA/NH and by marriages, so many other early New England families. Primary focus is on these and their collateral lines and adding source information where I can.
  • Bob Jewett - Primarily work on Maximilian Jewett and his brother Joseph Jewett. Also those folks that came with them in 1638 on the ship John of London with Ezekiel Rogers ... see the Rogers profile for the passenger list.
  • Robert Keniston - I'll be working on my early New England ancestors - Harrington, Cutter, Bemis, Lock(e), Cutler.
  • Steve Krahn -
  • Michael Alan Lewis - lineal male descendant of Edmond Lewes (Ipswich, England, 1634), searching for ancestors in England
  • Renee Malloy - Hoar - Chase - Tuttle families. Hingham families. [Green-11245] Adams and Colburn Families
  • Bryan McCullagh - Immigrants George Allen, Hugh Calkins, Thomas Clarke, John Peckham, Tobias Saunders, Hugh Roberts, Joseph Holloway, Peter Worden, Rev. Joseph Hull, Hadsell, Bateman, Richmond, Perry
  • Daniel Nordlund - Primarily interested in the ancestors and descendents of Thomas Millett and his wife Mary Greenaway.
  • Merry Ann Palmer -
  • Michael Palmer - concerned mostly with the families who ended up in Southwest Connecticut.
  • Carole Partridge - Primary lines now are families of John Partridge; Robert and John Bullard; Rowland Stebbins. I'm also interested in Sunderland, Massachusetts, where nine generations of my husband's Clark, Hubbard, and Graves ancestors have lived.
  • Matt Pryber Descended from the Coe, Carman family
  • Larry Ridgley - Primary lines: Brockett, Inman, Pierce
  • Toby Rockwell -
  • Lynden Raber Rodriguez - I have found so many of my ancestors amongst the PGM I decided to join this project. I love categorizing those profiles I encounter.
  • Kelley Rosenbach - Lewis; Paddock; Woodbery; Spencer; Mitchell; Wormwood; Farrington
  • John Schmeeckle - Jenney, Pope, Burgess, Allen (Plymouth); Peckham and Weaver (Rhode Island); Strong and Clark (Conn.)
  • Linda Schreiber -
  • Laura Lee Scott - I am currently working on Timothy Hatherley. I have Doty, Hatch, Sherman, Bridge and Danforth in my ancestry. I enjoy working on the collateral families.
  • Margaret Simons -
  • Jillaine Smith - Anderson's Great Migration Begins; through the K's (Aug 2014)
  • Kitty Smith -
  • Michael Spencer - I am interested in the Spencer family and the social and family interconnections throughout the western expansion until about 1880. I am working on the Haddam, CT Founders families, currently on the Cone family (Mehitable Spencer m. Daniel Cone 1661).
  • Becky Syphers -
  • Michael Thomas - Following maternal lineage for the following ancestors: Henry Travis (c1611-1648); John Pers or Pierce (1588-1661); Stephen Streeter (1600-1652); Henry Adams (1583-1646); William Peter Towne (1599-1685); John Bridge (1576-1665); Deacon Edward Rice (1594-1663); Thomas Frost (1616-1639); John Moor (1601-1674); James Phipps (c1606-c1660); and Christopher Brewer (1586-1633). I have now found many other families to follow now that I have compared the PGM list with my database.
  • Daniel Thompson -
  • Vic Watt -
  • Kay Wilson - Thomas Smith (1634-1724) & Elizabeth Patterson
  • Rodney Wood - help format Bio and Sources and merging of duplicate profile pages (especially the Perkins Family)

Current challenges

The main challenges confronting this project include (in this order):

  1. Merging of duplicate profile pages. Because PGM profiles are also historically-significant, there are MANY duplicates. This includes finding and merging duplicates, then cleaning up the resulting narrative.
  2. Correcting incorrect data that does not reflect the most current research, citing sources for each fact.
  3. Adding {{PGM}} to appropriate profile pages.

Current Big Projects that Need Help

  1. Now that we have a template (we're in search of a better image, though), we need people to go through the Category:Puritan_Great_Migration page, click on each profile there, and for each PMG profile, add the PGM template to the top of the profile narrative (above == Biography == or whatever the first section header is.
  2. De-duping Richard Kimball - I'm not sure what the status of this is; could use someone's help assessing it and offering next steps
  3. Those of us working from Anderson's Great Migration series are typically de-duping the immigrating ancestor, his spouse, his children (sometimes), and anyone "up the line" (parents, grandparents, etc.). We need help merging duplicate profiles "down the line" (children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc...)

Useful Pages

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