Project: Puritan Great Migration

Categories: Puritan Great Migration Project | Pre-1700 Projects

PGM Interview with Leader Jillaine Smith

The purpose of the Puritan Great Migration Project (PGM) is to improve profile pages and research of up to 40,000 early New England colonists—both Puritans and non-Puritans—who arrived during the period of the Great Migration generally associated with the Puritans, between 1621 and 1640. For those who came over in 1620 on the Mayflower, please see the Mayflower Project.

The PGM project has one sub-project, "Puritan Great Migration Beyond New England." Its purpose is to improve profiles of those who migrated to New England between 1621 and 1640 and then subsequently left to reside elsewhere.

If you're reading this page, chances are you have ancestors who immigrated to New England in the early 1600s. We can all be proud of the fact that our ancestors uprooted themselves and made a perilous voyage across the ocean to found a new world. If you want to acknowledge this fact, add the Puritan Great Migration descendant sticker to your profile by adding {{PGM Descendant|[[WikiTree-ID|PGM Ancestor Name]]}}. (Replace the bold area with your ancestor's information.) Please do not place this template on profiles of deceased individuals. If you want to actively work on improving PGM profiles keep reading.

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Who Should Join?

PGM project members actively work on research and improvement of project profiles, following the Project Guidelines and collaborating with fellow PGM team members.

The PGM project is ideal for individuals who love to research, find and strengthen sources, solve puzzles, and help others with their research. It’s also great for someone who looks at the goals below, and thinks, “Oh! I could help with that goal!” Some members focus solely on their own ancestors; others take on a surname or early colonial town as a focus. Still others take on whatever is needed at that moment. See the PGM badge list for our current list of members.

Because these ancestors are shared by many people and require a certain set of editing skills, we strongly suggest that new and/or inexperienced WikiTree members learn to use WikiTree before editing PGM profiles or joining the Puritan Great Migration Project.

New: We now ask everyone who wants to join PGM to please share a profile you've created or edited that demonstrates your understanding of Wikitree editing generally, and PGM guidelines, research and sourcing.

Can I work on PGM profiles without joining the project? See:Project FAQs

How to Join

PGM project members actively work on improving profiles.
If you want to actively work on improving PGM profiles, please take the following steps:

  1. Successfully complete the Pre-1700 Quiz
  2. Review the Project Guidelines.
  3. Add pgm to your list of followed tags on G2G.
  4. Post an answer, expressing how you’d most like to contribute to the project, to the G2G post about joining. NEW: Please include a link to a profile you've created or edited that demonstrates your understanding of Wikitree editing generally, and PGM guidelines, research and sourcing.
  5. You will be invited to join the Puritan Great Migration Google Group. This is one of the vehicles PGM volunteers use for tracking changes to PGM profiles.
  6. See Puritan Great Migration Editing Guidance for more detailed guidance and examples.
  7. Once you've received your PGM project badge, add your name and details to Puritan Great Migration Current Member Projects

Project Goals

PGM project members actively work on the research and improvement of project profiles, following the Project Guidelines and collaborating with fellow PGM team members.

  1. Every individual profiled in Anderson’s Great Migration series has a profile on WikiTree updated with the most recent, qualified research; at a minimum, this includes at least the basic data from Anderson’s profile with good source citations, especially the approved sources for PGM.
  2. PGM profiles are Error Free.
  3. Regularly check the PGM Account activity feed.
  4. PGM profiles are adequately sourced (see Approved PGM Sources), project box added and (if appropriate) project-protected.
  5. Duplicate profiles are merged and cleaned up.
  6. The list of profiles on PGM Maintenance Categories are resolved.
  7. Disputed, unproven and disproven information is respectfully handled and discussed, keeping the focus on sources.
  8. G2G threads tagged with PGM or otherwise related to PGM are responded to within 24 hours; and ideally resolved (and closed) within no more than one month.
  9. PGM project volunteers sign up for specific activities and track their progress
  10. PGM volunteers participate, as appropriate, in WikiTree-wide challenges.

Which profiles are covered by the PGM Project?

The {{Puritan Great Migration}} project box is placed on profiles of European colonists who migrated to New England during the period 1621-1640, meaning there is evidence they resided in New England prior to 1641 and evidence they originated elsewhere. (Immigrants who came to New England in 1620 are covered by the Mayflower Project.) Placement of a project box also requires co-management by the project account. Most Puritan Great Migration immigrants are widely-shared ancestors. As such, it is important that collaboration be open to a large group of persons, which project co-management, along with the regular managers, allows.

UPDATE: Anderson points out that anyone who appears in New England records by May 1641 is assumed to have arrived in or before 1640 because very few passenger vessels sailed from England to New England during the winter months.

Puritan Great Migration Beyond New England. The "Puritan Great Migration Beyond" sticker is also placed on the sub-project profiles of colonists who migrated to New England between 1621 to 1640 and who subsequently moved to reside in another area, or returned to their homeland. Learn more.

Profiles of related persons (parents, siblings, spouses, children) who remained in Europe or who were born in New England do not generally fall under the PGM Project and do not get the project box, but you may still find PGM team members involved in improving them.

Because of the fairly large number of false, fraudulent, disproven and speculative origin theories found on the internet and in older published works, the PGM project may also Project Protect and manage profiles which do not strictly fall in the PGM guidelines. This is done to improve the accuracy and reliability of wikitree using {{Puritan Great Migration Adjunct}}. These profiles might include:

  • Immigrants to New England who arrived after 1640 who have known false origins/parents.
  • People who never immigrated to New England but are commonly confused with someone who did.
  • Profiles of people who are commonly associated with PGM immigrants in error. For example, people who have been disproved as parents of a PGM immigrant.
  • People with speculative connections to PGM immigrants where the evidence is not strong enough to attach them to the immigrant.

In rare cases, PGM will protect profiles of parents that remained in England when there is controversy about those parents, although typically this falls under the England, EuroAristo or Magna Carta projects.

Related Projects

The following projects may overlap or work adjacently with PGM:

Magna Carta Project confirms lineage between the signers of the 1215 Magna Carta and emigrants to the New World (called “gateway ancestors”). A large subset of these “gateway ancestors” are PGM profiles.
Native American Project has a sub-project focusing on debunking myths about European settlers marrying or otherwise pro-creating with Native Americans. There are a small number of PGM settlers who have been claimed to have married “Indian Princesses”.
New Netherland Settlers focuses on settlers to current-day New York City and Long Island. Some PGM immigrants, after initially residing in New England, moved on to New York.
Mayflower Project focuses on the first few generations of the families who came over in 1620 on the Mayflower.

Project Boxes

{{Puritan Great Migration}} adds the project box to a profile. Please see the template help page to add Maintenance categories and/or Great Migration Study Volume information.

The Puritan Great Migration.
... ... ... migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640). (See The Great Migration (Series 2), by R. C. Anderson, vol. 5, p. 195)
Join: Puritan Great Migration Project
Discuss: pgm

{{Puritan Great Migration Adjunct}} (see above for usage) adds

... ... ... is currently protected by the Puritan Great Migration Project for reasons described in the narrative.
Join: Puritan Great Migration Project
Discuss: PGM

{{Puritan Great Migration Beyond}} (see above for usage) adds the only sticker currently used by the project

Puritan Great Migration
... ... ...} immigrated to New England between 1621 and 1640 and later departed for {{{place}}}

Editing Pre-1700 and Project Protected Profiles

Please see: Project FAQ:Do you have to participate in a project to work on certain profiles?

If you have encountered a profile that is protected by the PGM Project, or a pre-1700 profile that is related to the Puritan Great Migration and you intend to make any significant changes to a profile, someone within the project should be contacted prior to editing. We will be happy to work with you!

It's okay to make minor edits and corrections on the profile directly; for significant changes, we do ask you to collaborate with us on your proposed changes by posting a comment on the profile.

In particular, we are interested in making sure profiles are consistent with our project's approved sources, and we will ask you to complete the Pre-1700 Quiz.

There is a lot of unproven, speculative, and just plain wrong information out there about New England immigrants. In the 19th century, standards of genealogical proof were more relaxed than today, and dubious links to specific families and locations in England were often based on nothing more than a similar-sounding name. Please don't take it personally when we ask for additional verification, or point you to an article where a cherished family claim was disproved!

For more details, see PGM Editing Guidance.

Project Guidelines

Approved sources

Our primary source of information for PGM profiles is the Great Migration series by Robert Charles Anderson. We follow Anderson's conclusions unless there is more recent published research that corrects or adds to his. This includes his omissions: information which Anderson chose not to include, especially if it was available to him at the time, we consider unproven at best.

Please see the Project Sources page for details on the Anderson series as well as other helpful books, journals, websites, and resources.

Profile editing standards

  • Treat other WikiTree users with courtesy, especially when dealing with questionable or inaccurate information.
  • Add sources!
  • Ensure that all profile data, including dates, locations, and relationships follows Anderson or a more recent approved source. When in doubt, discuss on G2G.
  • Spelling of Last Name at Birth (LNAB) See Last Name at Birth in the PGM Editing Guidance for details and clarification.
  • Move disputed information out of official profile data fields into a separate section of the biography.

See Puritan Great Migration Editing Guidance for more detailed guidance and examples.

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