The Early New England Families Study Project has been created to fill the need for accurate and concise published summaries on seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, our goal is to compile authoritative and documented sketches to be published in searchable format on AmericanAncestors.org and, potentially, in a series of books. Following the work of Robert Charles Anderson in the Great Migration Study Project, the Early New England Families Study Project will, in the next decades, deal with more than 35,000 marriages.
The Great Migration Study Project will eventually treat all immigrants who came to New England through 1640. The Early New England Families Study Project will focus on individuals who emigrated in 1641 or later, but our sketches will be grouped by year of marriage rather than immigration. Consequently, in the transition between the two projects we cannot always simply use the year of marriage as our only benchmark. Some couples who married in 1641 had already arrived in New England, unmarried, and are being treated in the Great Migration Study Project. Some couples who arrived in 1641 were married before they came to New England. Some children who came to New England with their parents during the Great Migration were married before 1641 but were not (or will not be) fully treated in the Great Migration Study Project. The Early New England Families Study Project will continue on to treat all marriages through 1700.
Although “Torrey’s Marriages” is credited with indexing nearly all New England marriages in the seventeenth-century, some exceptions will be addressed in our project. Included in these exceptions are nonwhite and non-Protestant couples, as well as couples identified in the last fifty years.
The first sketches released for this database include the families of John Capen (m. 1637), Daniel Denison (m. 1632), George Denison (m. 1640), Edmund Hobart (m. 1632), Joshua Hobart (m. 1637), Peter Hobart (m. 1628), Thomas Hobart (m. 1629), Francis Hudson (m. 1640), and William Hudson (m. 1641).
Other online study projects include the Great Migration Study Project and Western Massachusetts Families in 1790.
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