Today, they added the New England, The Great Migration and the Great Migration Begins, 1620-1635 collection. This collection includes:
* Robert Charles Anderson (editor), The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1995)
* Robert Charles Anderson (editor), The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volumes 1-6 (Boston: New England Historical and Genealogical Society, 1999-2011).
The database description on Ancestry says:
"Robert Charles Anderson’s The Great Migration Begins includes more than 1,100 sketches of immigrants or immigrant families that arrived in New England between 1620 and 1633. Each sketch contains information on the immigrant's migration dates and patterns, various biographical matters (such as occupation, church membership, education, offices, and land holdings), and genealogical details (birth, death, marriages, children, and other associations by blood or marriage), along with detailed comments, discussion, and bibliographic information on the family.
I clicked on the first match for Robert Seaver and was taken to the record summary page:
After clicking on the "View original image" link or the thumbnail image, I was taken to page 1644 (which is in Volume 3 of The Great Migration Begins series):
* First Residence
* Return Trips
* Church Membership
* Bibliographic Notes
Each of those sections have shorthand references to sources with extracted or abstracted information and evidence to support the assertion made in the section. In many cases, they are original sources with primary information and direct evidence (e.g., RChR refers to Roxbury Church Records, MBCR refers to Massachusetts Bay Court Records, SPR refers to Suffolk Probate Records,etc.). In other cases, they are derivative sources or authored works, such as periodical articles, published books, etc.
The sketches are only for the immigrant ancestor of the family, and the sketches do not carry family lines past the children of the immigrant, with their spouses named.
For New England researchers like myself, these volumes are a gold mine of information, especially the original handwritten town and colony records (or their later transcription or extraction) which can then be consulted for a complete reading and evaluation of the record. Having a sketch like this really helps researchers find records for their early New England ancestors.
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