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  • 2001 Archive

  • Vol. 1, No. 13
    Whole #13
    January 10, 2000
    ** Website Access Info
    ** Plantagenet Ancestry Published
    ** Great Migration's Anderson Receives Award
    ** New Society Magazine Seeks "Feedback"


    Member Access to

    To access the members-only areas of the Society’s new website, which is still in the beta testing stage, members need their membership number, which appears on the mailing label of The Register and NEXUS, and their last name as it appears on their membership applications.


    New Plantagenet Release

    The NEHGS Sales Department is pleased to announce the arrival of Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth Century Colonists, Second Edition, by David Faris. 

    In this expanded edition of his 1996 compendium, Faris covers every descent from Henry III, Edward I, Edward II and Edward III, to almost 140 immigrants to seventeenth-century America.  Included are all known vital data, places of residence, documentation, often military or parliamentary services, and other biographical detail.  Faris and other scholars have developed numerous additional Plantagenet descents for baronial forebears of early American immigrants,  and about thirty new immigrants  have been added , including the New Englanders William Goddard of Watertown, William Poole of Taunton, and Edward Rainsford of Boston.

    NEHGS.  1999.  Hardcover.  432 pp.  Item #S2-86306

    You may purchase this new volume through the Sales Department for $40.00 ($36.00 for NEHGS members), plus $3.50 shipping and handling.  Please place your order by calling, toll-free, 1-888-296-3447 or by using our secure shopping cart in the Book Shop at


    Great Migration’s Anderson Feted

    A recent Society of Mayflower Descendants press release brought good tidings:

    “At their Annual Meeting on January 15, 2000, in Malvern, PA, the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will present its Award for Distinguished Mayflower Scholarship to Robert Charles Anderson, Director of the New England Historic Genealogical Society's Great Migration Project. 

    The Society of Mayflower Descendants believes that Mr. Anderson has revitalized the Mayflower passengers both as individuals and in their context, and has given a rich prosopography of others in the early Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay Colonies.  The Society considers the work, though uncompleted, already a landmark production, and knows that all serious research in the future will depend upon the authoritative sketches and brilliant evaluations it offers. Among the dignitaries expected to be present at the awarding are Sandra Hewlett, Vice President of NEHGS, and Alice Teal, editor of The Mayflower Quarterly.”

    The awarding Society further emphasized the crucial role of this Project in the following excerpt from the The Pennsylvania Mayflower quarterly newsletter, Volume XI, No. 4...

    "There is no underestimating the value of Anderson's work; its relevance to our Pilgrims and early Plimothians, their Puritan neighbors, and the world of seventeenth-century New England is simply astounding; all future research will depend on it."

    (Editor's Note: Bob Anderson moderates a Discussion Forum dedicated to the Great Migration Project at, one of nine fora recently added to the site. Accessing these areas is a members-only feature, and those who wish to post or respond must first log in. The Mayflower website address is: ... note that Mayflower is spelled without the "y" -- this is correct)


    New England Ancestors Magazine Seeks "Feedback"

    Feedback: A Forum for NEHGS Members is a feature of the Society’s new member’s magazine, New England Ancestors, which is the successor to NEXUS. This column will feature a topic or question for comments by NEHGS members. Results will appear in the next issue of New England Ancestors. Your comments are strongly encouraged.

    Topic #1: Which New England state (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island or Vermont) has proven the most difficult in your genealogical research? Why?

    To respond, please e-mail <> or write to “Feedback,” New England Ancestors, 101 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116-3007. Please include your name as you wish it to appear if selected for publication. We regret that we cannot respond to every letter. Letters may be edited for clarity and length.


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    (Editor's note: This newsletter was originally published on January 10, 2000)

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