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Friday, February 3, 2012

One Will Equal Two and The Great Migration -- Follow Friday

Thomas Scott, who migrated 1634 from England and settled in Massachusetts, gave me a lot of problems. I used several references and some of the data didn't mesh. One source had Thomas as having four children, another had him having seven. His birth was off by three years, and the death by 10 years. The Scott family went into my tree, and online on RootsWeb, and I knew it was wrong. I was Just waiting for somebody to correct me. Finally, the best of the best books was published by Robert C. Anderson, The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Vol. 6, R-S in 2006. I just recently got around to looking at it, because the last of the series, Vol. 7, was released a few months ago, and I went through both books. (See below for more information about the books.)

Imagine, there two Thomas Scotts, both coming to America in 1634, both having children named: Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah and Thomas! And they both lived for a time in Cambridge, MA. A merge and corrections were made, and just as quickly I uploaded it into my RootsWeb, and nobody ever knew of my error!

One of the more popular sources for doing early New England research are a series of books called, The Great Migration : Immigrants to New England. The first series comes in three volumes with the title, The Great Migration Begins : Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, published in 1995 and contains more than nine hundred sketches. The second series, The Great Migration : Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, consists of seven volumes, the last volume published recently. Robert Charles Anderson, of the New England Historic Genealogical Society is the main author, and NEHGS is the publisher.

What can you do, if you can't purchase a volume? There are two options, the first is to go to (well-known library catalogue) and you should see that 320 libraries own a copy of the first series (1620-1633). Perhaps a library is near you.

The second option is to use, if you are a subscriber. The first series is on their site, so in a way, it is free for you, since you already subscribe.


Apple said...

Thanks for the tip about the books being at I'm going to get all I can with my 6 mo subscription!

Your two Thomas Scott's cracked me up because I just discovered that my 4th great-grandfather was named Thomas Scott. Wrong century and country but at least we've been working on the same name and same problem untangling them.

Barbara Poole said...

Charley, that so funny about your also having a Thomas Scott. Good luck with using The Great Migration on Ancestry. If I remember correctly, you have to put in a name, it isn't like reading a book, page by page. Wait until you see the information!

Elizabeth said...

With membership in NEHGS, you have access to the Great Migration series (at least through the fifth volume). What a fabulous resource this series is!

Heather Rojo said...

It is my dream to own these books. I usually use them at libraries, but as soon as I get home I find a sibling, marriage, cousin or someone else to look up and I JUST CAN'T WAIT to look them up! It happens every time.

Travis LeMaster said...

Thanks for this post, will be heading to Ancestry to check the book out.

Barbara Poole said...

Elizabeth, I should have mentioned NEHGS. The other methods are for non-members. Travis, I'll be curious if you find something and Heather, I'm the same way. I copy the table of contents with just the names and save them for reference.

Anonymous said...

Hey Barb,
Thanks for the heads up I didn't know the books were on Ancestry. You know my side of the story and am wondering if my Thomas Joy is there and with any luck I to can feather out the details on my Joy family. I haven't had much time for research lately so maybe that will be a start.