Puritan Great Migration Project (PGM). Want to Join?

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Do you have ancestors who immigrated to New England between 1621 and 1640?

At WikiTree, this time period is covered by the Puritan Great Migration Project (PGM), although not everyone who immigrated during the time frame was a Puritan.

There are several ways to be part of the PGM Project.

A. Acknowledge. Do you simply want to acknowledge that you have ancestors who immigrated 1621-1640? There is a template to place on your profile.  Add the following to your profile {{PGM Descendant|[[WikiTree-ID|PGM Ancestor Name]]}}. (Replace the highlighted area with your ancestor's information.)

B. Be Informed. Do you want to know what’s going on with the project? Are you new, but think you might want to join the project in the future? Read the Project page. Follow the tag  pgm .

C. Contribute Do you enjoy research? Then you might want to actively participate in the improvement of PGM profiles. As common ancestors to so many generations, these profiles often have duplicates needing merging, and some have incorrect data.  These need research,  and correction.  If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please read the Project page to find out more details.  Follow the tag  pgm , ask to join the Google Group, and request the badge by posting an answer to this question.

Thank you

Puritan Great Migration Project

asked Jul 14, 2017 in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G6 Pilot (878,950 points)
edited Feb 12 by Anne B

I keep ending up in the 1700-1600 when doing research so I thought becoming a member for the PMG group project would be a good fit. I recently found a citation for    Fernald -11. I enjoyed helping and would like to continue.

Welcome to Puritan Great Migration Kaylinn
I would like to be added to this project. I (just today) found the missing links between Abel Adams and Henry Adams, by way of Abel's father, Asama Adams. Abel Adams is my paternal grandmother's great-grandpa.
There's a pending merge for a Thomas Pierce II, who is under the umbrella of this project. I was thinking about completing it myself, but you may prefer to do so. It's Pierce-8850 into Pierce-752. Thanks!
Thank you Rebecca, It was pretty much a no brainer merge, but it gave me a chance to take a look and evaluate.
Anne, Jillaine et al., I would very much like to join the Puritan Great Migration project.  I think I have done all of the steps called for above.

I've been working as if I were a member, possibly helpfully, and I plan to continue finding connections, citing primary sources, correcting errors, and (hopefully) improving biographies..  And I certainly seem to have many ancestors who arrived here between 1621 and 1640.
You have the badge. Halsey thank you
Any particular reason 1640 is the cutoff date?  I have some ancestors, the earliest documentation  I can find is mid-1640's, but they likely arrived some time before that.
1640 is the cutoff date for the NEHGS Great Migration Project, which is the source of much of the excellent research information that the project relies on.
I have several ancestral lines in New England. They are Rankin, Moore, Crosby,Norcross, Richardson, with more to follow.

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Hi there, My 9th Great-Grandfather was Nicholas Munger [[Munger-17]]; and came to America on The St. John (ship), in July, 1639, to Guilford, Connecticut.  However, he came as child; as an apprentice to Major William Chittenden  [[Chittenden-16]].  Thus, he was not old enough to sign The Guilford Covenant.  However, he did become a "Freeman" in September, 1652; according to several reliable sources.  Thus, Nicholas Munger would fit into The Puritan Migration Project. Sincerely, Jennifer Olmstead 

answered Mar 2 by Jennifer Olmstead G2G1 (1,180 points)
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I have done all of the above and would love to join the PGM project.
answered Jul 14, 2017 by Deb Durham G2G6 Pilot (278,540 points)
Thank you Deb, for joining. If you need help, dropping a line in G2G usually gets someones attention.
Wonderful! Thank you so much, Anne.
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I would like to join.
answered Jul 15, 2017 by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 5 (59,550 points)
JT, welcome to PGM. I took a look at your profile for John Adams. You may have already learned how to do this (in the meantime), but look at the changes I made. I grouped a bunch of single <ref>Source1</ref> statements that were the same into a one <ref name=Source1>Source1</ref>. Repeat by using <ref name=Source1 />
Thanks.  I just figured that out yesterday.  Looking forward to using that technique i the future.
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I have many PGM ancestors on both sides of my family and have been active in working with them on WikiTree.  Would like very much to join the project.  Thanks
answered Jul 15, 2017 by Hayward Houghton G2G2 (2,680 points)
Thanks Hayward and Welcome
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Hi Anne,

I would like to join the project.

answered Jul 17, 2017 by Doris Miller G2G5 (5,220 points)
Thank you Doris, I've been watching out for your post. Welcome to PGM
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Hi Anne, I would like to join.  I have access to the Great Migration Series at the local library.  My wife has numerous PGM ancestors.
answered Jul 17, 2017 by Marcel Muise G2G3 (3,580 points)
Hi Marcel, I had the wrong hat on and gave you the wrong badge, but I fixed it, but don't be surprised by the Prof. Imp. Badge addition and removal.

The Great Migration Series is the "go to" for genealogy. Glad you have it at your library.
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Hi Anne.

You got room for one more? Would really like to help out.
answered Jul 17, 2017 by John Susnir G2G6 Pilot (105,920 points)
There's always room for helpers. Thank you John.
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Welcome, everyone!  The Puritan Great Migration project is special to me, and I want to put in a "plug" for AmericanAncestors.org (which is the online portal of the New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS)).

Without my membership in NEHGS, I would not attempt to participate in the PGM project.

A plug for the NEHGS.  Non-profit, est 1845, it supports original, peer-reviewed research, such as Robert C. Anderson's Great Migration series (and others).  In addition, it's less expensive than Ancestry and has online so many great, primary records, as well as journal articles.  A recent addition is The Great Migration Directory, which includes all individuals known to have come to New England during the Great Migration period, 1620–1640.

Again, welcome!  Happy to help in any way I can.  Please just let me know.

answered Jul 17, 2017 by Cynthia B G2G6 Pilot (120,910 points)
Thanks Cynthia, I agree about NEHGS - a great cite with lots of information to help the quest for ancestors.

Probably I'm "preaching to the choir" here, but I just couldn't resist giving them a plug.  I use NEHGS every time I do research.

There are also plenty of great, free sites out there.  I love Jane Devlin's with Barbour Collection vital records, etc. and the Genealogical Gleaners Award with wonderful selections.

I suppose because I have subscriptions to NEHGS and Ancestry, I've not needed to look for free cites. Those are both Great.
Hi Cynthia,

I certainly agree with your assessment of NEHGS - American Ancestors.  I am  so thankful that I got a subscription from a friend for Christmas last year.  Like yourself, I wouldn't even try to work on PGM profiles without it. Prior to receiving my subscription, I was having to post on g2g and ask questions of others, which is ok, but it is so much better to be able to search myself to see if the profile I am working on should be included in the Puritan Great Migration Project on WikiTree.  oh, and thanks for the links to other great sources, especially Jane Davlin's.

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I would like to join the PGM project. I have some PGM ancestors.
answered Jul 21, 2017 by Randall Woodbury G2G1 (1,890 points)
edited Jul 22, 2017 by Randall Woodbury
You now have the PGM Badge, Thank you for joining
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Please add me to the Project. I have over ten PGM ancestors, and I look forward to contributing.
answered Aug 5, 2017 by Elizabeth Scarlett G2G Crew (540 points)
Thank you for joining Elizabeth.
It's good to have you on board, Elizabeth.

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I have done what is needed and request a badge.
answered Aug 9, 2017 by Chris Douglas G2G2 (2,380 points)
Ok, Welcome to PGM
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Hi. I am Teresa Obst, 11th great granddaughter of John I Alden. I'd love to join the project. I have been a genealogist for 25 years and I'd also love to add a name to the project list.

John Shinn


answered Aug 10, 2017 by Teresa Obst G2G3 (3,950 points)
Hi Teresa, Before I give you the PGM badge:

John Alden although certainly part of the Puritan Great Migration, because of his arrival on the Mayflower falls under the Mayflower Project.

John Shinn, does not qualify for the Puritan Great Migration Project either. It's limited to people who migrated to New England between 1620-1640. He would fall into the Quaker project and perhaps US History, New Jersey.

Knowing the above, Do you still want to be part of PGM?
I reapplied under john endicott. thankfully i have many wonderful ancestors to choose from :)
Hi Teresa,

Thank you for mentioning your ancestor, John Shinn.  I just finished reading his interesting biography and enjoyed all the photos you have inserted.  It looks like you are probably still working and plan to insert more photos.  Also, please don't forget to add inline citations, so others will know where you got your facts.  That is so important.  Thanks.

As far as adding him to the project list, here's what you may considering doing:

Start a new g2g post with a heading such as - "Is John Shinn a candidate for the Puritan Great Migration?"  Then add some of the information you have that would cause you to believe he is a candidate.  If you have access to Anderson's Great Migration Series, check to see if he is included.  If you don't have access, include that question so someone will look it up for you.  

Only ancestors who are included in Anderson's work are included in PGM.  Yours may be one of them...

Enjoy the journey,

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Hi .. i'd like to join the PGM project. my ancestor is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Endicott-21 gov john endicott. thanks. also i've done all of the above

answered Aug 14, 2017 by Teresa Obst G2G3 (3,950 points)
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I was asked to reply here if I believe I am ready to join the PGM project and that I am used to wikitree. I know I am new here but I ran my own genealogy website for 15 years and i've been a genealogist for 25. I'd like to join the group please. my pgm ancestor is gov john endicott. i'm his 11th ggrandaughter. i understand how to source, how to merge on wikitree, how to edit etc.
answered Aug 14, 2017 by Teresa Obst G2G3 (3,950 points)
Welcome to the Puritan Great Migration Project.
May I add my welcome to Puritan Great Migration Project, Teresa.  Maybe we'll be able to collaborate sometime in the future.  I see you've worked some on the Aldrich's and Chapin's.

Enjoy yourself as you work to improve the PGM profiles.

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I would like to join this Puritan Great Migration group! I have numerous ancestors among this group, including Howland & Tilley, Mainwaring, Brewster, Eliott, Fairbanks, Hatch and Hathaway, and many more.
answered Aug 22, 2017 by Annie Leonard G2G2 (2,300 points)

Hi Annie, Do you know how to create inline citations? I added some to the biography for Seth Hathaway, so you can see how they are done. The help page is here. They are an important component of working on the early ancestors shared by a lot of people.

Thank you Annie, I see you got that figured out. I've added the PGM Badge to your profile
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I would like to join PGM project.
One of the reasons I joined WikiTree were the false links to Miles Standish I was finding at other sites. I would like to join the research in true ancestors that arrived in the Plymouth /New England area.
answered Aug 27, 2017 by Elizabeth Sawning G2G1 (1,760 points)
Hi Elizabeth, We would love to have you researching "true ancestors" and helping dispel the internet myths that surround our early New England ancestors. You're quite new to Wikitree and I think you could use some more time getting to know wikitree before you join the PGM Project. I'm sending you a private message also, to help you become a better Wikitreer.
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I would very much like to join this project. I know profiles I added a while ago need to be cleaned up, but i have been concentrating on research. Actually, I've been committed to cleaning up an ancestral morass on FamilySearch. My husband's family is documented back to the Mayflower. On my father's side his grandmother claimed to also trace back to the Mayflower; however, she was disowned by her family when she married a "poor Irishman," so sorting family records and dispelling rumors has become a passion. Regardless, there are several of her ancestors who are definitely part of the great puritan migration.
answered Aug 29, 2017 by Karen Fuller G2G3 (3,540 points)
Hi Karen, Thank you for your interest. I'm sending you a message
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I would like to join the Puritan Great Migration project.  What a great idea!  Such context is exactly what will induce me to put many hours into studying even individual pieces of genealogical data.
answered Sep 3, 2017 by Barry Smith G2G6 (7,520 points)
Hi Barry, Thank you for your interest. I'm sending you a message
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Robert Royce is my 9th GGF. I would like to help with this project. I am pre-1500 certified, have reviewed the Project Guidelines, and followed the tag, pgm.

I have noticed that citing of free-space sources on the profile of Robert Royce has been handled inconsistently. I would like my first project to be using the free-space source page's guidelines for the inline citations.

answered Sep 19, 2017 by Pat Credit G2G6 Mach 3 (39,920 points)
Welcome, yay another bio writer
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I would love to join the Puritan Great Migration Project.
answered Sep 26, 2017 by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (123,430 points)

Hi M, before I give you the badge. Do you know how to create inline citations. You really need this skill before you start to work on shared ancestors. Here's the help page. If your'e still confused. Here's a tutorial .

I'll be glad to help you. Let me know when you think you've got it.

Yes I do know how to create inline citations. Here is a profile that I worked on yesterday: [[Tandy-14|Abigail Tandy]]. This sounds like a wonderful project.

Thank you Anne, for the links and for your time,

Nicely done. Thank you. Welcome to the Puritan Great Migration project. If you need any help please ask. We have a couple of handfuls of really knowledgeable people working on PGM

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