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Early New England Ancestors

The 17th century saw the first wave of European migration to the area now known as New England. NEHGS has a wealth of databases and information to guide your search.

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17th C. New England Research

Free guide to getting started

As a group, 17th-century New Englanders have been heavily researched, and descendants have many printed resources. This subject guide will help you find and use those resources.

Webinar: Find 17th C. Ancestors

David Dearborn shares research tips

This hour-long webinar covers researching your early New England ancestors (1601-1700) using NEHGS resources—both onsite and online.

Search: The Great Migration

Search 100,000 detailed records

The Great Migration Study Project documents immigrants to New England from 1620 to 1640. The project is available as published works and online databases.

Search: Torrey's NE Marriages

Search 17th century marriage data

"Torrey," or Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700, is a compilation of approximately 37,000 known or presumed marriages that occurred prior to 1700, arranged alphabetically by groom.

Search: New England Families

Find immigrants from 1641-1700

The Early New England Families Study Project provides published summaries of seventeenth-century New England individuals who immigrated from 1641 through 1700, grouped by year of marriage.

Bridging the Atlantic

From New England back to England

Learn about key resources and records for tracing your English ancestry, how to access them, and research strategies for when you hit a brick wall.

Mayflower Descendant

Pilgrim genealogy and history

Mayflower Descendant, a journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history—one of the most respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy—is now published by NEHGS.

The Bookstore at NEHGS

Browse New England resources

Continue your research with books about the early inhabitants of New England, including our popular Great Migration series.