The Great Migration Study Project

Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, Director

Since 1988, the goal of The Great Migration Study Project has been to compile comprehensive genealogical and biographical accounts of the twenty thousand English men, women, and children who settled in New England between 1620 and 1640. The project’s published works, containing thousands of sketches, are necessary resources for any genealogist, historian, or descendant with early New England interests and connections.


How to read a Great Migration sketch

This Great Migration Study Project consists of sketches of families or unattached individuals who came to New England between 1620 and 1643. Each sketch follows a regular format, which is described below in more detail in the section titled KEY TO SKETCH HEADINGS. Every statement in each sketch is supported by citation to a document. READ MORE

Uncovering Personalities of the Great Migration

by Robert Charles Anderson

An unexpected benefit of the Great Migration Study Project has been the light thrown on the full range of personalities of the immigrants to New England. By studying exhaustively and systematically every immigrant during the years from 1620 to 1640, we begin to see patterns, and we establish a norm, from which there are the expected deviations. READ MORE

New England's Great Migration

by Lynn Betlock

In 1988, the New England Historic Genealogical Society initiated the Great Migration Study Project, conceived and directed by Robert Charles Anderson. The Project aimed to summarize and document everything known about the individual immigrants who came to New England in its first years of settlement. Now, fifteen years later, a substantial body of work has been produced: READ MORE

Tour Talk Newsletter Series

The Winthrop Fleet Great Migration Tour took place August 15-25, 2012 with leaders Robert Charles Anderson and Sandi Hewlett. Tour Talk was a series of newsletters sent to tour participants during the year preceeding the tour, detailing the history of the Winthrop Fleet and the historic sites in England connected to their eventual migration to New England.

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