Are you working on the early emigrating THAYER family?

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We need to be very careful about the Thayers. Research published in 1906 and subsequently for many decades relied on what turned out to be inaccurate transcriptions of the Thornbury parish records-- and even some old wills there. Therefore, information citing that old 1906 and subsequent articles which also rely on these bad transcriptions, so anything on wikitree using that source needs to be double-checked.

I added this to the immigrant's profile:

Clifford Stott published in 1998 a serious and critical review of past research done on the Thayer family, and pointed out MANY errors of previous transcriptions. He re-analyzed the original parish records of Thornsbury, and published a new, corrected transcription of them. He also transcribes early probate records.

Source: Clifford L. Stott, "The Gloucester T(h)ayer Ancestry," in TAG,73(1998):82-86

There's also a 1995(?) genealogy of the Thayer family, but it's not online; no hard copy at Library of Congress, but NEHGS in Boston has a copy.

WikiTree profile: Richard Thayer
asked in Genealogy Help by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (657k points)

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Thanks for delving into the Thayers, Jillaine.

I have several Thayers on my ancestry charts (mostly related to marriages between Thayers and Stetsons in successive generations in Braintree, Mass., in the 1700s), but I've not attempted any research on these families.

As you've noted earlier (, there are a number of old genealogical works about the Thayers in America that do not cite their sources and that have some questionable content. Some internet genealogists have created additional confusion.

There's a Thayer Familes Association that is focused on the single surname and has published some books. Their website doesn't describe their research protocols and standards. I imagine that people with a strong connection to the Thayer surname are focusing their activities within the family association.

answered by Ellen Smith G2G6 Pilot (893k points)

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