In addition, there are several lineage societies whose
focus is the immigrant ancestor, or a notable ancestor in the old country,
such as a King or Queen. In these cases, the files of that society will
be full of information about immigrants, and often their origin.
Many lineage societies publish books of interest to their
members, and of interest to other researchers. The most common of these
are "lineage" books which publish the lineages of their members back to
the qualifying ancestor. These books are found in most major genealogical
libraries and can help you determine if a society might have information
about a possible ancestor. Where the society focuses on the royal ancestry
of an individual, a lineage book should provide that ancestry, including
the origin in the old country (usually England).
The best publication for royal and noble lineages is
David Faris, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists
(Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996). This replaces two
old standards in this field, Sheppard's Ancestral Roots of Certain
American Colonists and Wurt's Magna Carta Sureties. Be aware,
however, that acceptance of any specific royal line is constantly changing
as new sources, interpretations and understandings come to light.
Immigrant and Early Settler Societies
of societies have been established focusing on specific immigrant groups,
or early settlers of some locality. While these societies have an interest
in immigrants, they do not always know where any particular immigrant
came from in the old country. Their objectives do not include establishing
the immigrant or settler's ancestry, only their descent to current persons.
Also note that being an early settler does not automatically
mean that a person was an immigrant. For example, the Daughters of the
Republic of Texas requires descent only from a citizen who established
residency in Texas before its annexation to the United States in 1846.
Obviously, many Texas citizens at that date had not been born overseas.