|Robert Charles Anderson|
Researchers will want to add these series to their Reference arsenal and consult them first when researching colonial families from these eras. As stated in the preface, "The goal of the Great Migration Study Project...to provide a concise, reliable summary of past research on the early immigrants to New England, which will reduce the amount of time which must be spent in discovering this past work, and will therefore serve as a foundation for future research."
The first step toward attaining this goal was to identify all Europeans who settled in New England in the 1620-1633 and 1634-1635 time periods. Meticulous care was taken to consult as many records types as could be located such as: passenger lists, freemen lists, colony, court & town records, vital & church records, land holdings, journals & letters, book & periodic publications, and other miscellaneous items.
Every attempt was made to establish key pieces of information regarding each subject:
- Date & vessel of migration
- First residence
- Church membership
- Freemen listings
- Birth, Death & Marriage
- Removal from area
- Associations to other immigrants
- Children (listing each by name with brief vitals for each when known)
- Comments (discussion about conclusions drawn and conflicting evidence)
- Bibliographic Notes
Thanks to the continuing gifts of Dr. Halseth, the Local History Collection houses both complete series of The Great Migration. Researchers may view the sets anytime during the department's regular business hours. For more information about visiting the library or the Buy-A-Book Project, please contact us.
Nameless Picture of the Day
Street Scene, Pullman [Lee Township, Allegan County]
Postcard published by Geo. K. Taylor
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