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Puritan Great Migration Project Reliable Sources

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Date: 1621 to 1640
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This page provides an overview to sources used by the Puritan Great Migration Project. Project volunteers are encouraged to use these, where possible. (Most require paid membership with the specific publishers/organizations.)

NOTE: Please do not do full copy/pastes from any of these documents. (I.e., don't put in a verbatim profile text from Anderson's Great Migration series.) That places you and WikiTree at risk of copyright violation. Instead, extract key vitals and be sure to use the <ref>...</ref> citation format to cite your sources. Thanks!

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Reliable Sources

Great Migration Series (NEHGS)

Robert Charles Anderson's Great Migration series, published by the New England Historic Genealogical Society between 1995 and 2011 (so far), covers New England immigrants between 1620 and 1635 (so far) with the intent to extend to 1640.

The series is available in print and digital format. Digital access requires membership to either:

  • NEHGS, a nonprofit organization begun in 1845 to preserve and publish quality information about early American ancestry.
  • Ancestry.com, a commercial subscription service with a range of digital genealogical information from which you may find sourced documents. Note: However, Unsourced family trees are not acceptable sources from this or other webtree sites.

Some libraries may have access to one or the other.

Early New England Families Study Project (NEHGS)

Another NEHGS project, this will cover the period 1641-1700 (based on marriage year), initially following (and presumably correcting/updating) Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages. The project's goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches of more than 35,000 marriages from this time period.

The Great Migration Study Project will eventually treat all immigrants who came to New England through 1640. The Early New England Families Study Project will focus on individuals who emigrated in 1641 or later, but our sketches will be grouped by year of marriage rather than immigration. (You can read more about this effort here.)

The emerging / evolving online database is available to NEHGS members.

Other Quality Journals

The following journals are also good sources for quality research that include (but are not limited to) early New England colonists. While pretty much all of these require paid membership to access, some early editions can be found through Google Books or OpenLibrary.

  • The American Genealogist - searchable, digital version made available with NEHGS membership. Some older volumes may be found through a Google search.
  • Connecticut Nutmegger - searchable, digital version made available with NEHGS membership
  • Mayflower Descendant - searchable, digital version made available with NEHGS membership.
  • New England Historic Genealogical Register - published by NEHGS since 1849; searchable, digital version available to NEHGS members; see also old issues of NEHGR at the LDS
  • NGS Quarterly - published by the National Genealogical Society; non-searchable PDF versions of most issues are available online to NGS members.

Published Colony Records

A number of vital, court, probate and even land records have been published over the years. Some of these can be found through Google Books, FamilySearch or OpenLibrary; others are available only through membership in NEHGS or Ancestry.com. Those that have been particularly helpful to PGM project volunteers include:


Commonly Used Sources

Vital Records to 1850

Links to the various published town vital records. These are the primary sources for early births, marriages and deaths.

Great Migration Series

  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. 1: A - F, (Boston: NEHGS, 1995).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. 2: G - O, (Boston:NEHGS, 1995).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, vol. 3: P - W, (Boston: NEHGS, 1995).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume I, A–B. (Boston: NEHGS, 1999).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C–F. (Boston; NEHGS, 2001).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume III, G–H. (Boston: NEHGS, 2003).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume IV, I–L. (Boston: NEHGS, 2005).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M–P. (Boston: NEHGS, 2007).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R–S. (Boston: NEHGS, 2009).
  • Anderson, Robert Charles. Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume VII, T–Y. (Boston; NEHGS, 2011).

Royal Ancestry Series

  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, in 5 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2013).
  • Richardson, Douglas, Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, exp. 2nd edn. in 3 vols. (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011).
  • Richardson, Douglas. Magna Carta Ancestry: A Study In Colonial And Medieval Families, exp. 2nd ed. in 4 vols, (Salt Lake City, Utah, 2011).

Essex County Courts

  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 1: 1636-1656. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1911). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 2: 1656-1662. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1912). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 3: 1662-1667. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1913). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 4: 1667-1671. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1914). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 5: 1672-1674. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1916). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 6: 1675-1678. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1917). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 7: 1678-1680. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1919). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 8: 1680-1683. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1921). HathiTrust.org LINK
  • Essex County Courts. Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex ... vol. 9: 1680-1683. (Salem: The Essex Institute, 1975). Online copy

Plymouth Colony Records

  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 1: Court Orders 1633-1640. (Boston, 1855). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 2: Court Orders 1641-1651. (Boston, 1855). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 3: Court Orders 1651-1661. (Boston, 1855). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 4: Court Orders 1661-1668. (Boston, 1855). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 5: Court Orders 1668-1678. (Boston, 1856). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 6: Court Orders 1678-1691. (Boston, 1856). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 7: Judicial Acts 1636-1692. (Boston, 1857). Archive.org LINK
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 8: Miscellaneous Records 1633-1680. (Boston, 1857). Archive.org LINK
  • Pulsifer, David ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 9: Acts 1643-1651. (Boston, 1859). Archive.org LINK
  • Pulsifer, David ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 10: Acts 1653-1679. (Boston, 1859). Archive.org LINK
  • Pulsifer, David ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 11: Laws 1623-1880. (Boston, 1861). Archive.org LINK
  • Pulsifer, David ed. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, vol. 12: Deeds 1620-1651. (Boston, 1861). Archive.org LINK

Unreliable Sources

The following should not be used and are subject to removal from PGM-managed profiles if found:

  • Yates' US and International Marriages Index. See this discussion for why.
  • Millennium File: "created by the Institute of Family Research to track the records of its clients and the results of its professional research. It contains more than 880,000 linked family records, with lineages from throughout the world, including colonial America, the British Isles, Switzerland, and Germany. Many of these lineages extend back to nobility and renowned historical figures. In fact, one of the things the Millennium File focuses on is linking to European nobility and royalty."
  • Edmund West Family Data collections.
  • User-contributed family trees, including:
    • Pedigree Resource Files on familysearch.org
    • Public or any other family trees from Ancestry.com
    • Geni.com

Additionally, it was very popular in the late 1800s and early 1900s to publish family genealogies. These are much like the online trees of today-- their quality varies depending on the extent to which they cite their sources. Some contain accurate information-- especially about the people living within the last 50 years prior to the publication date; but many have been subsequently proven to be incomplete, inaccurate, or in a few rare cases, downright fraudulent. Absent other information, these old published genealogies can be cited or included under "See also:". A goal of the PGM project, however, is to find more original documentation, closer to the time of the event being cited.

A Note about Find-a-Grave

Find-a-Grave is a user-contributed site, and as such is generally excluded from the list of reliable sources. Please do not make changes to a profile's vitals, including identification of relations, based solely on information transcribed on a Find-a-Grave profile. The exception is that if the Find-a-Grave profile contains a photo of a contemporaneous gravestone (i.e., a gravestone created and placed at the time of the person's death) and includes information about the person's death, you can cite the Find-a-Grave profile for the death information, and for other information that appears on the gravestone. Please understand, though, that even gravestones may contain erroneous information.





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On 13 Nov 2019 at 10:43 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Hi Dawn, thanks for your interest. We've started compiling known frauds here: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Category:Frauds_and_Fabrications

As for the others, we judge their accuracy by the extent to which they cite their sources. If they don't, we seek independent confirmation of their claims through original records.

On 13 Nov 2019 at 04:39 GMT Dawn Hartzell wrote:

Hello. I am very interested in this and reading up as much as I can. How can we determine if these histories of places or family genealogies are accurate? For example I have looked at The Winslow Memorial Vol 1 & 2 by Holton, The Stiles in America, The Olds family in England and America, History and Genealogy of The Descendants of Joseph Taynter. Is there a list of the fraudulent ones that we can avoid?

On 7 May 2019 at 12:37 GMT Anne B wrote:

Yes. Unless there is more recent information since those articles were originally written.

On 7 May 2019 at 12:14 GMT A Pendleton wrote:

Hi all, would you consider "Genealogies of Rhode Island families : from the New England historical and genealogical register / selected and introduced by Gary Boyd Roberts" to be a credible source? I am assuming since it is from the NEHGR that it is, but just wanted to check.

On 29 Mar 2019 at 13:09 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

Jaki, I took a look. It as edited by Jacobus (often called the father of modern genealogy), who left a great forward in it, admiring the extent to which the original compiler cited original documents, and an initial scan of the first pages shows references to original documents. Between those two facts, I'd say that it's likely to be reliable.

On 29 Mar 2019 at 12:32 GMT Jaki Erdoes wrote:

Would this be considered a reliable source:

The Hazen family in America, a genealogy by Tracy Elliot Hazen, ... Hazen, Tracy Elliot, 1874-1943. Research is extensive, and it's available on Hathitrust. Thanks.

On 13 Jul 2018 at 19:21 GMT Anne X wrote:

This site has easy to find source records

http://dunhamwilcox.net

Southold Town Records Vol. 1,p.463-466 has some 1654 on bearthes (sic), marriages, and deaths. I.e., Mrs. Underhill died in 1658, John concklyne and Sarah Solmom wid marrd the 2nd of Dec 1657. Solmom, Solomon , salmon seen in the Records.

On 15 Apr 2018 at 03:53 GMT Navarro Mariott wrote:

I have the PGM sticker and have looked at the exaples and feel although I am getting the hang of getting my profiles cited and looking better I am not real good at it yet - have stumbled in with one branch seeming to be on this projects map - Swan and Mansur(Manser.etc) Palfrey were from this era/location so I will be poking about - will seek help from project managers if I see any changes that need to be made - I have projects already so just browsing

On 11 Apr 2018 at 17:58 GMT M (Kimball) Cross wrote:

I would like to add my husbands ancestors from this period Matthew Whipple, Jr. and Robert Cross (Crose) along with my own ancestor, Richard Kimball all of whom I believe came to Ipswitch during this period. I have some of the sources documented but have yet to add them to my Wikitree information and I want, of course, to recheck all my sources.

On 9 Mar 2018 at 07:36 GMT Jillaine Smith wrote:

James, two things: if you don't expect to spend much time on the PGM project, it's probably better to NOT join. The project seeks volunteers to proactively improve PGM profiles. You might consider the PGM sticker instead which will display on your profile that you're a descendant of PGM immigrants.

Second, Hathi Trust is great. But it's more a repository of sources than a source itself.

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