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Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700

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Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700

"The work is so huge and so comprehensive (it is estimated that 99% of all marriages are included), that it has become one of the principal resources for seventeenth-century New England genealogy."

The original text may be accessed at the NEHGS Research Library. The call number is F3.T6 1971 http://library.nehgs.org/record=b1065447
"Torrey," or Torrey's Marriage Index, as it's often called, is a compilation of approximately 37,000 known or presumed marriages that occurred prior to 1700, arranged alphabetically by groom. The work is so huge and so comprehensive (it is estimated that 99% of all marriages are included), that it has become one of the principal resources for seventeenth-century New England genealogy. Indeed, the usage of "Torrey" to refer both to the creator and to the work itself places it within that exclusive genealogical lexicon of by-names that includes "Savage," "Pope," and "Filby."
Introduction by David Curtis Dearborn: http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Databases/PDFs/Torrey/TorreyIntro.pdf
Guide to Torrey's source references: http://www.americanancestors.org/uploadedFiles/American_Ancestors/Content/Databases/PDFs/Torrey/TorreySources.pdf
The 2011 edition builds on extensive work done for the 2001 CD-ROM which was corrected by comparing the original sources, and should be preferred to previous editions.
  • The edition by Genealogical Publishing Co. (1985-2003) and posted on Ancestry.com is abridged, one volume with supplements, main entries but no references. The edition by NEHGS (2011), three volumes, posted on AmericanAncestors.org includes source references.
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<span id='Torrey'></span>Torrey, Clarence Almon. ''[[Space:Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700|Torrey’s New England Marriages Prior to 1700]]'' (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1985)
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<ref>[[#Torrey|Torrey]]: Vol. 1, Page 134</ref>
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([[#Torrey|Torrey]]: Vol. 1, Page 134)

Available online at these locations:

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  • at AmericanAncestors:
  • (1995) Second Supplement, by Melinde Lutz Sanborn
  • (2003) Third Supplement, by Melinde Lutz Sanborn

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Page probably should be merged with Space:New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
posted by Don Osborn
Rick, I'm not sure the best way to show this, but the 1991, 1995 and 2003 Supplements are not by Torrey, himself. They have been done since Torrey's death, by the author Melinda Sanborn. All three supplements are by her. The third supplement (according to this) includes all the information in the first two: https://www.worldcat.org/title/third-supplement-to-torreys-new-england-marriages-prior-to-1700/oclc/726992741?referer=di&ht=edition. The Ancestry versions are the only ones where the books can be read online; Google just has a basic page about them.
posted by S (Hill) Willson
I've added that information. Thanks!
posted by Rick Pierpont
americanancestors.org is not free!
posted by Richard Barton
I removed the bad link.
posted by Rick Pierpont
URL has been changed on AmericanAncestors link. This link goes to no where. Sorry, more work for you.

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