I have quite a few ancestral families who were the first generations in colonial New York and colonial New England that I need to add information about to my database. Published surname books, if done well, are really useful to define vital records, relationships, social and political events, and so on. While these are compiled works, they are often based on records in original sources and often have source citations to those original sources.
Today, I received an Ancestry Hint for Robert Treat (1624-1710), one of the colonial governors of Connecticut. He is my 9th great-grandfather. The Hint was for the book:
John Harvey Treat, The Treat Family : A genealogy of Trott, Tratt, and Treat : for fifteen generations, and four hundred and fifty years in England and America: Containing more than Fifteen Hundred Families in America; with Illustrations, Autographs, and a Map of Somersetshire (Salem, Mass. : The Salem Press, 1893).
This book has 706 images on Ancestry.com. I have four generations of Treats in this book, and there is significant biographical and historical information about the first three generations of my Treat ancestors who settled in Connecticut, including:
1) Richard Treat (1584-1670) starting on page 26 (image 95):
2) Robert Treat (1624-1710) starting on page 130 (image 199):
3) Samuel Treat (1648-1717) on page 167 (image 236):
There is a wealth of information on these three families that I could add to my database, and plenty of references to original source material that may be available in digitized records (I've already found Richard Treat's will indexed on Ancestry.com). I will probably try to summarize the information for each of these persons into a number of paragraphs, instead of trying to transcribe tens of pages on these pages, and attribute the information to this book.
I will download the useful pages from this book to my Treat surname file folder on my computer in order to have a good record from this book. It is out of copyright protection, so I can do this.
I will use the book information as a source citation for many of the events in these families, since the book seems remarkably complete and well researched, but it does not provide source citations for each event (it does provide some in-text source citations). When I do find other sources, I will add source citations for those records in the person profiles in my RootsMagic database.
I had not found this book before - it is in the UCSD library in La Jolla, but I've never been there (bad boy, eh?). The next closest place, according to WorldCat, is Stanford library, over 400 miles to the north). It is available for free on Google Books and Internet Archive. I added it to My Books collection on Google Books.
Do any Genea-Musings readers share my Treat ancestry? Have you seen and used this Treat surname book? If not, go read it on Ancestry.com, Google Books, or Internet Archive.
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