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The Great Migration Newsletter

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Michael J. Leclerc

Michael J. Leclerc
Director of Special Projects

The Great Migration Study Project (TGMSP), which started in 1988, is a leading scholarly project in the field of genealogy today. For twenty-three years TGMSP has provided the definitive work on the earliest settlers of New England. To date, ten volumes have been published, covering the period from 1620 to 1635. Later this year, publication of the eagerly-awaited seventh volume of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634–1635 will complete the current series. In addition to the books, The Great Migration Newsletter (TGMN) is now in its twentieth volume.


People often ask the difference between the books and TGMN. The books provide biographical sketches with the most up-to-date scholarly information on of the immigrants. TGMN, however, is a slightly different animal. TGMN provides the context for your ancestors, and contains many discussions of the activities of TMGSP. Among the topics you will find in TGMN:


  • Information on the ships that carried the immigrants to the New World
  • Research methodology behind TGMSP
  • Reviews of published literature on the time period
  • Profiles of early settlements
  • Profiles of early ministers and churches
  • Editor’s Effusions, where Robert Charles Anderson discusses any number of topics


TGMN is a critical resource for anyone researching seventeenth-century New England ancestors. Reading TGMN will allow you to understand your ancestors with more context than just dates of birth, marriage, and death. And the resources discussed in its pages will often be helpful to those researching seventeenth-century ancestors who arrived after the Great Migration period.


The first fifteen volumes of TGMN have been compiled and published in a single volume by the Society, and is available for just $24.95 ($22.46 for NEHGS members). You can find out more information about The Great Migration Study Project and The Great Migration Newsletter at

Posted by Michael Leclerc at 06/24/2011 05:16:05 PM | 

I enjoyed reading your article and found it to be informative and to the point. Thank you for not rambling on and on just to fill the page.
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