Location: global migration
Surnames/tags: mosher mosyer moger
- Moser, Mosser, Mosier Y-DNA study at FTDNA is open for free for everyone regardless of where you tested. Fascinating charts. Various name variations include Mosher, Mosier, Mosser, Mossner,Mossor, Musser, etc. Ongoing long term research project Please, if you can, share your Mosher/Mosier male line Y-DNA results with the study and the name, date and location of your most distant male ancestor! https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/moser/about
- The BigTree (This project takes the Y-DNA data from individual test kits participating in studies on FTDNA and then maps the variations of the human male line following mutations back from modern times to ancient times. https://www.ytree.net/
German Moser Research
FTDNA's biggest Moser group is from Bavaria. Does anyone have good links for researching them? Lutheran Church Books of each town? How does one find that?
French Mosher/Mosier Research
Some, though not all, Mosher groups have a family tradition connecting them to Calvinism, French Protestantism, and Huguenot migration due to religious persecution. An understanding of the evolution of Protestantism in France can be helpful if researching such a group.
- Calvinism and John Calvin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Calvin
- St. Bartholemew massacre (culmination of long history of violence toward French Calvinist Sects) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew's_Day_massacre
- Huguenot Society/Huguenot Refugee Migration
- https://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ (Great Britain)
- https://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/history/huguenot-history/ (America)
- Wikitree G2G forum asks "Are there Palatine Migrants in your Tree?" and receives many responses. Read here: https://www.wikitree.com/g2g/1062252/there-palatines-your-tree-post-palatine-migration-project
- Wikitree's Palatine Migration Project https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/WikiTree-75
- Source for German arrivals at Philadelphia 1727-1808 https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Pennsylvania_German_Pioneers:_A_Publication_of_the_Original_Lists_of_Arrivals_in_the_Port_of_Philadelphia_from_1727_to_1808
Research in England
These sources can be useful when tracking England's Records of the ancestors of the Rhode Island, Maine and Canadian colonial immigrants mentioned below. Watch carefully for surnames sometimes seen as Moger, Mosyer, Moyser, Moyger, Maugier and other variations. Keep in mind while some Moshers/Mogers/Mosyers may have migrated through England from France, Netherlands, or Germany, some may have very deep roots in England.
- BHO (British History Online is a vast searchable database of early records use "quotations marks" to search on specific names, though you may need to key in name variations due to lack of spelling conventions. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/colonial/america-west-indies/vol37/pp113-130
- British National Archives Kew (Huge repository allows download of images of historic documents. In 2021 due to Covid allowing free downloads after establishing simple account. Uncertain whether service will remain free. ) https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
- FreeReg (for the United Kingdom) (searchable online database of Parishes registers loaded by volunteers featuring soundex which searches for similarly sounding names) https://www.freereg.org.uk/
- "Family Search" Courtesy of the Church of Latter Day Saints (if you establish a simple free account this allows you to search birth/death/marriage records in what is undoubtebly the largest genealogical database in the world. Excellent online library of Genealogy Books, as well.)
- "Registers of the French Church, Threadneedle Street" (French Protestant Church in London). There are at least 23 Volumes to these Church records. https://archive.org/details/registersoffrenc23egli
American Colonial Mosher group
This group is connected to Colonial Rhode Island, Maine and Canada
- "Descendants of Hugh Mosher and Rebecca Maxson through Seven Generations, Revised Edition", Compiled by Mildred Chamberlain and Laura Clarenbach, 1990, LOC Cat. No. 90-84352 (Primary sources listed in book which is the most comprehensive source on American Moshers. Still under copyright, and seems to be out of print and is extremely expensive, so may need to hunt a version at a library listed on WorldCat or find someone who can do look-ups. 1990 Version has some corrections and additions, so much better to use than 1980 version.
- WorldCat has the book listed in 41 USA libraries and one Canadian one https://www.worldcat.org/title/descendants-of-hugh-mosher-and-rebecca-maxson-through-seven-generations/oclc/23051579
- Googlebooks partial search only https://www.google.com/books/edition/Descendants_of_Hugh_Mosher_and_Rebecca_M/FyA5AAAAMAAJ?hl=en
- OpenLibrary allows borrowing of 1980 Version https://openlibrary.org/works/OL4492091W/Descendants_of_Hugh_Mosher_and_Rebecca_Maxson_through_seven_generations
- In The early records of the town of Portsmouth, Hugh Mosher’s surname is spelled variously as Mosher, Moisser, Moissier, Mosyer : Portsmouth (R.I.); Perry, Amos, 1812-1899, ed; Brigham, Clarence S. (Clarence Saunders), 1877-1963, ed. The early records of the town of Portsmouth. Publisher Providence, R.I., E. L. Freeman & Sons, state printers, 1901. https://archive.org/details/earlyrecordsofto02port/page/n7/mode/2up
- THE NEBRASKA AND MIDWEST GENEALOGICAL RECORD Vol. XXII. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, JULY-OCTOBER, 1944. No. 3-4. Edited by RAYMOND E. DALE, Nebraska Historical Library, Lincoln, Nebraska http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Journals/NMGR/Vol22/nmgrp005.html#ca Hugh Mosher, Newport, Rhode Island and Some of His Descendants
- "Origin and History of the Mosher Family" by William Collins Mosher 1894? Some inaccuracies in early pages. Presents the family tradition of five very wealthy merchant brothers of London mentioned in Manchester Will WC Mosher suggests an unproven connection to Strasburg in France. https://archive.org/details/originhistoryofm00mosh/page/28/mode/2up?q=maxsonhttps://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Origin_and_History_of_The_Mosher_Family
- "Publication of Lancashire and Cheshire Wills" Church of England's very readable 1893 publication of the 1621 Will of William Mosyer Chapman of Manchester among other Wills (This picks up the thread on the five Merchant Brothers from William Collins Mosher, so you can see where William Collins Mosher had it right and had it wrong. https://www.google.com/books/edition/Lancashire_and_Cheshire_Wills_and_Invent/2uegr7VMEiQC?hl=en&gbpv=0
- 1614 Will of William Mosyer, Citizen and Cook of London https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Will_of_William_Mosyer_of_London_1614
Canadian Mosher group
This group is connected to the earliest Canadian Moshers, known as Planters and Pioneers, resulting from the Rhode Island immigration to Nova Scotia in 1760
- Huling, Ray Greene. (1889). The Rhode Island emigration to Nova Scotia. Providence, R. I. Reprinted from the Narragansett Historical Register, April, 1889. https://archive.org/details/rhodeislandemigr00huli/page/n5/mode/2up?ref=ol&view=theater
- Mosher, William, 1820-1908. Chronological history of the Mosher family [microform] : from the seventeenth century to the present date. Publisher [Windsor, N.S.? : s.n.], 1891. https://archive.org/details/cihm_11082/page/n5/mode/2up Some inaccuracies in early pages.
- Nova Scotia Archives https://archives.novascotia.ca
- Provincial Archives of New Brunswick https://archives.gnb.ca/Archives/?culture=en-CA
- The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada http://www.uelac.org
About Paid Resources
There are some very good paid resources, but they are best used for finding primary sources. Please use caution when reviewing any unsourced pedigree chart whether from paid sources or free sources. Solid sources, whether from paid or free forums, are what makes your conclusions credible.