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Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s
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Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s
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Mayflower pilgrims are America's most famous immigrants, but what do you really know about them? Here's a great resource to help you discover the stories and timelines behind the mystique. Comprehensive in its coverage of early New England settlers, this expertly sourced data collection includes a wide variety of details on the lives of Pilgrims and their descendants in the New World, including approximately 248,000 individuals.

 Sources for Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories, 1600s-1900s:
  • The English Ancestry and Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers
    by Charles Edward Banks
    This critically acclaimed work has biographical sketches of 112 passengers who sailed on the first four ships to New England. Along with data on the passengers' origins, family connections and later histories, it substitutes proof for guess-work and blows holes in many cherished traditions. The author gives first the historical evidence, then follows a list of the passengers on the Mayflower, Fortune, Anne, and Little James. These are dealt with, one by one, and the little known facts about their place of residence in England and their parentage and ancestry are given.
  • The Planters of the Commonwealth in Massachusetts, 1620-1640
    by Charles Edward Banks
    Scrupulous in every detail, this work contains the names of 3,600 passengers on the ninety-six ships which brought them to New England between 1620 and 1640. Working with the same records employed by Savage, Drake, and Hotten, and with records unknown or inaccessible to them, Colonel Banks here pulls the several classes of records together to form the most complete and authoritative collection of passenger lists for the period ever published. In addition to the names of passengers and ships, places of origin, and places of residence in America, the book includes indexes to surnames, ships, English parishes, and New England towns.
  • Topographical Dictionary of 2,885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620-1650
    by Charles Edward Banks
    This "Dictionary" comprises genealogical records of nearly 3,000 emigrants, giving their English homes, names of ships in which they sailed, towns in which they settled in New England, and references to the printed or manuscript sources from which the information derived. In collecting data for this work, Colonel Banks made seven visits to England, searching the records of nearly 2,000 parishes in order to connect the New England immigrants with their native parishes. Additional information is provided in a series of indexes: Index to Emigrants to New England; Index of the Wives and Children of the Emigrants; Index of Parishes; Index of Ships; and Index of Towns in New England.
  • The Winthrop Fleet of 1630
    by Charles Edward Banks
    This is an authoritative list of the 700 passengers who are believed to have come to New England with John Winthrop in 1630. Based on research undertaken in England and America, it provides as much data as could be verified on each passenger — name, place of departure, places of residence in England and America, occupation, church affiliation, dates of birth, marriage, and death, and relationships to other passengers. It also has indexes of names, places, and subjects as well as appendices listing the passengers on the Mary and John and the Lyon which sailed at the same time as the Winthrop Fleet.
  • The Mayflower Reader: A Selection of Articles from 'The Mayflower Descendant'
    by George Ernest Bowman
    This work consists of a comprehensive selection of articles from the first seven volumes of The Mayflower Descendant, an authoritative journal devoted to Pilgrim genealogy and history, discontinued in 1937 and now quite scarce. The seventy-eight articles selected for inclusion are of special significance to the descendants of the early Plymouth and Cape Cod settlers, now numbering in the hundreds of thousands and scattered to all points of the compass. They include transcriptions of wills, inventories, passenger lists, and memoirs, as well as a fair number of genealogies and historical sketches.
  • Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families
    by W. T. Davis
    This is the most comprehensive register of Plymouth families ever assembled. It has the names of thousands of Mayflower and sistership antecedents. The data is based largely on records of the town of Plymouth and draws on all marriage and birth records to the last quarter of the 19th century. Also, there is material from other town records, family Bibles, probate records, and the Registry of Deeds.
  • Signers of the Mayflower Compact
    by Annie Arnoux Haxtun
    This is the standard reference work on the signers of the Mayflower Compact (1620), consisting of lengthy sketches of the signers with considerable genealogical information on the men and their families. Descriptions of arms, lineages, and excerpts from wills and from other contemporary documents are integrated with the historical and biographical data. In addition, the work contains extensive records of the signers showing thousands of family connections. Signers of the Mayflower Compact, which was originally published in pamphlet form from 1897 to 1899, is divided into three parts. Parts I and II deal with the signers and their families, one by one, while the final part contains Brewster tombstone and Bible records and information on a number of later Pilgrims who arrived on the Fortune, Ann, and the Little James. Notable among the signers were John Alden, William Bradford, and Miles Standish, to mention only a few.
  • History And Genealogy of the Mayflower Planters (2 Volumes)
    by Leon Clark Hills
    Based largely on the genealogy of Mayflower planter Stephen Hopkins, this work includes both his male and female lines through a number of generations. Since four of Hopkins' children intermarried with descendants of many of the "first comers" to Plymouth and Cape Cod, this work is brimming with Mayflower connections.
  • A Catalogue of the Names of the First Puritan Settlers of the Colony of Connecticut
    by Royal R. Hinman
    The standard dictionary of the "First Settlers" of Connecticut, this work consists of an alphabetically arranged list of about 2,000 persons, showing the time of their arrival, residence, station or occupation, and names of wives and children. Includes alphabetical lists of the first settlers of Enfield, Hartford, Saybrook, Wetherfield, and Windsor; a list of "A Part of the Early Marriages, Births, and Baptisms, in Hartford, Connecticut from Record," and "Passengers of the Mayflower in 1620."
  • Mayflower Descendants and their Marriages for Two Generations After the Landing
    by John T. Landis
    Landis lists, in very concise form, the Mayflower passengers, their children and their grandchildren, with records of births, deaths, and marriages as far as known. He also includes a copy of the famous Mayflower Compact, as well as a short history of the Church of the Pilgrim Fathers of New England.
  • Lineages of Members of the National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (Volumes I-III)
    In more than 1,000 pages, these volumes record the lineages of thousands of members of the National Society of the Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. Generation by generation, descent is traced from the earliest immigrant ancestor to the present member of the Society, the sole condition of membership being that the ancestor must have arrived in the colonies between 1620 and 1700. Each of the lineage records contains the names of all ancestors in the direct line of descent complete with birth, marriage, and death dates.
  • Records of Plymouth Colony Births, Deaths, Burials, and Other Records, 1633-1689
    by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff
    Originally published as Volume Eight of "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England: Miscellaneous Records 1633-1689," this work consists of births, marriages, deaths, and burials from the several towns of the Colony of New Plymouth. The records of births, commencing in 1647, of Swansea, Yarmouth, Plymouth, Sandwich, Eastham, Scituate, Taunton, Barnstable, and Rehobeth give the names of the newborn, dates, and names of parents. The records of marriages commence in 1633 and give the names of the newlyweds, dates, and sometimes names of brides' fathers.
  • The Truth About the Pilgrims
    by Francis R. Stoddard
    This book corrects certain longstanding misconceptions about the Pilgrims and furnishes authoritative genealogical and biographical data on the Mayflower passengers themselves. Of considerable interest to genealogists is the appended, annotated list of Mayflower passengers, with additional biographical information, some brought to light for the first time.
  • Chronicles of the Pilgrim Fathers of the Colony of Plymouth From 1602 To 1625
    by Alexander Young
    This volume contains an authentic history of the Pilgrim Fathers who planted the Colony of Plymouth, from their origin in John Robinson's congregation in 1602 to his death in 1625. The document of first importance is Gov. Bradford's History of the Plymouth Colony, which contains a detailed history of their rise in the north of England, their residence in Holland, the causes which led to their emigration, and the means whereby they transported themselves to America.
  • Cape May County Mayflower Pilgrim Descendants, 1620-1920
    by P. S. Howe
    The Cape May County families of Pilgrim descent are from three Mayflower passengers, John Howland, his wife Elizabeth Tilley, and her father, John Tilley. Based on early land, marriage, cemetery and church records, this definitive work contains hundreds of interrelated genealogies, which come down to the early 20th century. At least 10,000 persons are cited in the index.
  • Three Hundred Colonial Ancestors And War Service
    by Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford
    This work is the product of the esteemed genealogist Elizabeth Rixford. Her efforts to trace her familial lines to the Mayflower, the National Society Founders and Patriots of America, the Huguenot Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United States Daughters of 1812, the Colonial Daughters of the 17th Century, and the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists in Vermont, has helped her to compile this excellent source of information where she touches on more than 5,000 ancestors.
  • Families Directly Descended From All the Royal Families in Europe (495 To 1932) & Mayflower Descendants
    by Elizabeth M. Leach Rixford
    Whereas Mrs. Rixford's earlier work traced the branches of her maternal and paternal lines and the main branches of her husband's family to the Mayflower and other eminent American lineage societies, this work extends many of those connections to the royal and noble families of Europe. If you have an interest in one of the following royal, noble or Mayflower households, this book may contain the link you are seeking: Aquitaine, Angouleme, Anjoy, Baskerville, Beauchamp, Bray, Bulkeley, Capet, Castille, Cheney, James Chilton, Francis Cooke, Courtenay, Rixford, De Vere, Farleigh-Hungerford, Devereux, Douglas, Drake, Eaton, Ferrers, Fitz-Alan, Flanders, Graves, Greene, Gregory, Hainault, Heydon, Johnson, William Latham, Lawrence (John and Isaac), Lisle, Marshall, Milbourne, Moore, Mowbray, Phelps, Port, Province, Rogers, Russell, Seymour, De Spineto, Smith and Georges, Sir Henry Smith, Stanley, Throckmorton, Tailefer, Vermandois, Warren, Washburn, Washington, Winnington (Wynnington), Governor Thomas Welles, Whitney, William the Conqueror, Winslow, and Wyne.
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