Any general takes on these sources?

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I've adopted some New England Smith family profiles (mostly Hadley, Hamsphire, Massachusetts) which are very poorly sourced. Not finding a lot (yet) at NEHGR and I am wondering if anyone has experience with the veracity of either of these somewhat early books which are a tad thin on sources:

Boltwood, Genealogies of Hadley Families (1862)

Munsell, Genealogy of the Worthington Family (1894)

in Genealogy Help by T Stanton G2G6 Pilot (251k points)
Most 19th century family genealogies I’ve used are best when used as clues for further research, not sources.
Agreed. These two I'd not previously bumped into anywhere.
I have encountered the Boltwood book previously, and formed the impression that the compiler was an honest and diligent worker (although, like pretty much all of his contemporaries, he did not cite his sources). The book predates the fraudulent work of Gustave Anjou so (unlike some later genealogies for some Hadley area families) it is not contaminated by Anjou fraud.

Note that Hadley town records from 1805 to 1844 were destroyed in a fire.
Patricia Hawkins has done a lot of work related to Hadley. See her comments at

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