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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Resources for Genealogy Research in Colonial America

In September, I wrote about my Link Collection to Various Genealogy & History Resources Online.  This collection is my Diigo bookmark library targeted at genealogy.  I created a list for each state, as well as a few countries and various topics.  There is also a list for general genealogy resources.  Over the next week or so, I will highlight some of these lists.

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These are a few of resources I find helpful for genealogy research in Colonial America.

Society of the Descendants of the Founders of Hartford – Although this is a lineage society, their website has helpful information, including the list of the 163 Hartford founders with short biographies for each.

Cambridge Historical Society – Has some digital collections as well as other resources and finding aids to their archives collection.  Collections cover the colonial period up to the present.

The Founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A Careful Research of the Earliest Records of Many of the Foremost Settlers of the New England Colony – Digitized book available through Internet Archive.

Witches in Colonial America – An article by Kory L. Meyerink, which includes a listing of early-American witches.

New York in the Revolution as Colony and State – Digitized book available through Internet Archive.

The Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence – Another lineage society website, this one has information on each of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Caleb Johnson's Mayflower History – Includes a list of Mayflower passengers as well as information related to pilgrim history and Mayflower research.

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project – “A collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies.”

King Philip's War: Based on the Archives and Records of Massachusetts, Plymouth, Rhode Island and Connecticut, and Contemporary Letters and Accounts, with Biographical and Topographical Notes – Digitized book available through Google Books.

Visit Colonial America Genealogy for the entire list of Colonial America resources, or visit my library to see my entire collection and other lists.

I’m always updating these resources, so be sure to check back regularly.  To receive updates to the Colonial America Genealogy list, you can subscribe via RSS.  You can also subscribe to my entire collection at for updates to all of my lists.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

pretty narrow geography for Colonial America.

Julie Cahill Tarr said...

That may be true, but these are resources that I consult in my personal and professional research. This is not a repository of everything that's out there for a given topic or place.

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