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  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 (857,090 points)
edited Jan 2 by Anne B
hi Christine, Welcome to the Puritan Great Migration Project.
I am elated to have found this group!  I am collecting data regarding my paternal side. I know that my ancestors arrived in MA, and migrated to VA. I am trying to authenticate that information. The last name is a Gay, and the brothers arrived here in the late 1600’s. Thank you very much!
Carrie, and we’d love to help you. Early Migration from Colonial New England to Virginia was rare. I encourage you to start a separate g2g thread from the profile you’re trying to confirm. I recognize the Gay surname and have access to sources that may help.

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

36 Answers

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I would like to join this project. I have many ancestors that immigrated from 1620 to about 1635. I love researching this time frame too...
answered Oct 12, 2017 by Doris Smith G2G Crew (820 points)

Hi, Welcome to the Puritan Great Migration project. I see we have some common ancestors. I made some changes to Hill-22886 to give you some ideas how to make your source citations better.

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My Lawrence line came to this country around 1630. I would like a PGM badge. Thanx
answered Oct 14, 2017 by Stan Baldwin G2G1 (1,080 points)
reshown Oct 23, 2017 by Stan Baldwin
Hi Stan, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Have you read the Project page and it's linked pages thoroughly? If you want just to acknowledge that you have PGM ancestors add the sticker, mentioned in the question, to your profile. Adequate Wikitree experience is a necessity in working with our shared PGM ancestors
My records show me being a descendant of John Lawrence (Lawrence-293) who arrived from England sometime before 1635 as this is the date given for his marriage to Elizabeth Waters. I have been doing research for about 30 years now and have more time since I retired.
Welcome to Puritan Great Migration Project. I love being retired.
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I have PGM ancestors on the paternal side of my family and have been active in working with them on WikiTree. I would like to join the project.
answered Nov 8, 2017 by Ronald Crowell G2G Crew (450 points)
Greetings Ronald and Welcome to Wikitree. I'm sending you a private message.
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Hi.  I would like to be included in the Puritan Great Migration project.  I love learning about the history of our ancestors and would like to contribute.
answered Nov 9, 2017 by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Mach 1 (13,990 points)
Thank you Caryl, for joining the Puritan Great Migration Project.
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I have several ancestors that came over during the PGM. I would like to become a member of the project.
answered Nov 12, 2017 by John Stephenson G2G2 (2,810 points)
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I believe I have some ancestors who came to America from England during the Great Migration. I would like to be better informed and I hope to contribute information as well.

Duane Merritt
answered Nov 15, 2017 by Duane Merritt G2G Crew (900 points)
Welcome to the Puritan great migration project.
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I'd like to join please. I think I have completed the necessary steps. My ancestor I'm most curious about is (Whiting-33) William Whiting

answered Nov 22, 2017 by Trisha Dearing G2G Rookie (260 points)
Welcome Trisha
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I would like to join the project.  I am pre-1700 certified.  I am the 7th great grandson of Edward Perry (Perry-760).  His father immigrated to MA in 1637, but his WT identity and parentage are different than our family records and I would like to research.  Thank you.
answered Nov 25, 2017 by Chuck Biggs G2G Rookie (260 points)
Well Edward's profile is certainly empty enough and could use sources and a biography. And it wouldn't surprise me if Ezra's, alleged father, is wrong, especially since Ezra didn't leave Edward anything in his will. Please if you need help or advice on anything ask. Remember to source everything you add/change. And if you're going to do something major like change his parents, give the manager's a chance to weigh in by leaving a message on the profile.
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Anne, I would like to join the project. I have many relatives that are already listed and have more that I would like to add.
answered Dec 2, 2017 by Bill Cole G2G1 (1,430 points)
Thank you Bill for joining PGM
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I'm brand new to WikiTree this week, but would love to join this group once I get the hang of things.  I'm a professional historian/archaeologist and am excited to dive into researching my ancestors and others that arrived in New England in the early 1600s.
answered Dec 2, 2017 by Jennifer Stropes G2G Rookie (260 points)
Jennifer, let me know when you get up to speed with the ins and outs of Wikitree and are ready to join. If you have questions along the way, you can ask here in the G2G or I'm pretty good with answers. Thank you.
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I have at least 1 ancestor listed within PGM (he is also listed as one of the founders of Hartford, CT): William Phillips (Phillips-3054), who is my 12th great-grandfather through my great-grandmother Omey Phillips. I would love to join the PGM project!
answered Dec 5, 2017 by Mellissa Miller G2G Crew (610 points)

Hi Melissa, Welcome to Wikitree. I see you've only been a member of Wikitree for a few days. The Puritan Great Migration Project recommends that people have a good working knowledge of Wikitree before they join PGM. It is important that you're familiar with what sources to use, good source citation and inline citations used on Wikitree profiles. Give yourself a little time to learn what Wikitree is about, before committing yourself to this project.

In the meantime, I did notice that Phillips-3054 profile could use some help. For instance, he may not have had children, which would make it hard for him to be your ancestor. I've actually left a list of some sources under Research Notes, that you can consult. You may have others. If you want help please ask.


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Would like to join the Puritan Great Migration Project.  Have been a member of NEHGS (AmericanAncestors.com) for years and concur with those who recommend their resources on early New England settlers (and also the Canadian Maritimes).
answered Dec 6, 2017 by GR Gordon G2G Crew (830 points)
edited Dec 6, 2017 by GR Gordon
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I discovered today that I'm a descendant of Robert Royce (Royce-35). I would like to join this group to follow its progress and learn more about the Great Migration, as I'm new to this branch of my family and this era of history.

Also, if you could be so kind, could you explain what a G2G is? Sorry for what is probably a very basic question but I'm still figuring out the jargon. I don't know what "Add pgm to your list of followed tags on G2G" means. Thanks so much for your help.
answered Dec 8, 2017 by Stacey Hopkins G2G Crew (370 points)

G2G means Genealogist to Genealogist. It's this forum, where you posted this answer. If you scroll to the top of the page, there is a tab that says G2G help, that explains some items about this forum.

On your profile, at the top on the right hand side is a section labeled Followed Tags. They have a rather bright green box around them. Your first followed tag is Ekstrom. Scroll to the bottom of the section where you can click on "edit tags and tag comments". Find the section that says "add new tags" and type in PGM  When you get your daily genealogy feed in the morning, all the questions that get asked about PGM will be on the list, (usually about one a day) but it skips days.

Looks like we're related since Robert Royce-35 is my ancestor also. When you get to know your way around wikitree better, come back and join the project.

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I have a few PGM ancestors such as original Plymouth Plantationer Deacon Samuel [[Edson-14]] and would love to join the project. :)
answered Dec 23, 2017 by Wynd Castle G2G2 (2,100 points)
Welcome to Puritan Great Migration Project
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I'd like to be added to the PGM. Thanks! Victoria
answered Dec 27, 2017 by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 1 (12,870 points)
Thank you for joining
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Hi!  Have discovered many ancestors involved with PGM and would love to join project.  Thanks, Roberta
answered 1 day ago by Roberta Johnson G2G Rookie (200 points)

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