Project: Puritan Great Migration

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Puritan Great Migration (PGM) Project Mission

The primary mission of the Puritan Great Migration Project (PGM) is to be a knowledge center of accurate information about the colonists who arrived in New England between 1621 and 1640, sharing that knowledge through the creation and maintenance of profiles for these colonists. The profiles covering both Puritans and non-Puritans who arrived during the period of the Great Migration (which is generally associated with the Puritans), are hoped to be a lasting legacy of their lives and relationships. (For those who came over in 1620 on the Mayflower, please see the Mayflower Project).

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How to Join

  1. Successfully complete the Pre-1700 Quiz
  2. Review the Project Guidelines. and Puritan Great Migration Editing Guidance.
  3. Add pgm to your list of followed tags on G2G.
  4. Post an answer, indictating which team(s) you would like to be part of, to the G2G post about joining. Please include a link to several profiles you've created or edited that demonstrate your understanding of Wikitree editing standards generally; PGM guidelines; research and sourcing; inline citations; and the repeated use of a citation.
  5. When you receive a badge, you will be invited to join the WikiTree's PGM General Group and the WikiPGM server on Discord. These are ways that project members track changes to PGM profiles and/or collaborate on needed changes and improvements.

Project Goals and Objectives

  1. Every individual profiled in Anderson’s Great Migration series will have an accurate profile on WikiTree, updated with the most recent research. This will include at a minimum, basic data from Anderson’s profile of the person, along with high quality source citations, such as those listed in the Approved Sources for PGM.
  2. Team members will create, maintain and/or improve these profiles, focusing on conducting research, identifying quality sources for relevant information, writing biographies, collaborating with others, and ensuring that the profiles remain accurate and error-free.
  3. The project will build a team of PGM-knowledgeable, collaborative WikiTree members.

To Do or Task List

Teams

The Puritan Great Migration Project has now been organized into teams in an effort to further collaboration and communication throughout the project. Each team has its specific tasks and to-do lists. In order to hold the PGM badge, all project members will need to be active on one or more of the following teams.

Membership Team: Members of this team review membership requests and welcome new members to PGM; serve as coaches to new members and members needing special assistance; issue invitations to PGM's google group and WikiPGM (our Discord server); and assist in maintaining the project's membership list. They help make the project a safe and welcoming space for members to gather and collaborate to improve project profiles.

Profile Improvement Team: PIT is made up of categorizers, data doctors, sourcerers, activity feed checkers, and others, who are dedicated to improving all PGM profiles. These team members function as the project's Editors, ensuring that PGM profiles are error free. The purpose of the daily activity feed check is to ensure that there are no relationship changes or other significant changes made to PGM profiles without collaboration and the addition of reliable sources documenting such changes.

Research Team: These team members are specialists who work on researching, writing biographies, and improving the project's flagship profiles. They also respond to G2G questions directed to PGM, review and respond to comments on PGM profiles, oversee merges, and review current genealogical periodicals for articles of interest to the project.

Templates

PGM Project Box

The {{Puritan Great Migration}} Project Box belongs on any profile managed by the project. Put the template above the == Biography == headline and Research Note Boxes and below any categories without any extra lines or hard returns. You can include a needs modifier to put the profile in a Project Needs maintenance category (see Parameters).

For Individuals documented in the NEHGS Great Migration Study Project and appearing in volumes of either The Great Migration Begins:Immigrants to New England, 1620–1633 {AKA GMB} or in the second series The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635 (AKA GM2) you may also use the template as follows:

{{Puritan Great Migration|Series|Volume|Page}}

For examples see here.

To see what profiles the PGM Project covers, see here.

PGM Sticker

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.) The sticker should be placed on your profile right beneath the Biography heading. Please do not place this template on profiles of deceased individuals.

Resources

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.

Additional Project Info

Profiles 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 both evidence they resided in New England prior to May, 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. Project co-management is able to facilitate collaboration between large groups of interested descendants and other co-managers.

Puritan Great Migration Beyond New England. The "Puritan Great Migration Beyond" sticker is additionally placed on the 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. More information about these profiles can be found here.

Profiles of related persons (parents, siblings, spouses, children) who remained in their country of birth 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 a project box for 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 or Magna Carta projects.

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; before making significant changes, especially to the relationships in the data section, we do ask you to collaborate with the project on your proposed changes by posting a comment on the profile.

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!

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.



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