Monday, June 28, 2010

Consoilidated Index to Plymouth Colony Records

I was happy to see Dale H.Cook's recent post to the Barnstable County, Massachusetts mailing list (and I'm sure he posted it to several other mailing lists) concerning his consolidated index to 13 volumes of Plymouth Colony Records. Dale's post said:

"My Consolidated Index to Plymouth Colony Records is now complete. It indexes all twelve volumes published in the 1800s and the volume of probates published in 1996. It is a large (1.45 mb) PDF file which can be read online or downloaded.

"Dale H. Cook, Member, NEHGS and MA Society of Mayflower Descendants;
Plymouth Co. MA Coordinator for the USGenWeb Project
Administrator of "

The index is a 448 page PDF file that indexes vital records, land records, probate records, court records, and many other record types for the period from 1620 to 1692. There are three parts to the index - for names, for places and for other subjects.

Thank you to Dale Cook for his hard work in compiling this index. For those of us with early Plymouth ancestry, it is invaluable.

In my case, I need to go through this index for my ancestral families, pick out the volumes and pages of interest, and find the entries in the books. Of course, that means that I need to find the books in a repository somewhere. I'm wondering if they are on Google Books or any of the other online book sites? I haven't checked yet - maybe later today! If readers have the answer to the question, please let me know in comments to this post.

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