17th-Century New England Research
By David Curtis Dearborn
By David Curtis Dearborn
As a group, 17th-century New Englanders arguably are the most studied group on the planet, and thus descendants are blessed with a multitude of printed resources. Prior to 1700, the European population of the area was still sufficiently small and compact enough to be manageable from a genealogical standpoint. In many cases, town vital records, church, colony, court, probate, land, military, and tax records not only have survived, but have been abstracted and published. This guide is intended to direct you to the most relevant and useful resources for tracing your 17th-century New England ancestors.To learn how to bridge the Atlantic and trace your ancestry back to England, see our English Genealogy subject guide.
Find Your 17th-c. New England Ancestors with NEHGS
Live broadcast: Feb. 15, 2014
Presented by: David C. Dearborn
Intended audience: Anyone with early New England roots
Level: All levels Running Time: 1:03:34
Description: Learn the basics of researching your early New England ancestors (1601-1700) using NEHGS resources—both onsite and online. Join Senior Genealogist David Dearborn as he discusses key reference works, records, and databases available to NEHGS members and guest users.
Genealogist’s Handbook for New England Research, 5th ed. edited by Michael J. Leclerc
NEHGS, All floors F3 .G466 2012
Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors by Patricia Law Hatcher
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and 7th Floor Reference F3 .H38 2006
“Seventeenth Century New England Research: A Review Essay and Status Report” by Robert Charles Anderson in The Genealogist, 6 (1985): 251–258
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm CS1 .G392
“Colonial English Research” by Robert Charles Anderson in The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy (pp. 679–697)
NEHGS, 4th Floor Reference and 7th Floor Reference CS49 .S65 2006
Finding aids are important first-stop references that direct you to published resources about a certain person. There are two essential finding aids for seventeenth-century New Englanders:
New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Clarence Almon Torrey
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 .T63 2011 (3. vols.); 4th Floor F3 .T61 2001 CD (CD version); available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org. See also: Third Supplement to Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700 by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 . T6 Suppl. 2003
Torrey’s original twelve-volume manuscript (held at NEHGS) is the source of several published volumes, databases, CD-ROMs, and more. It lists approximately 38,000 actual, proven, and presumed marriages between New Englanders that occurred by 1700, including those who later settled on Long Island, New York, and New Jersey.
Arranged alphabetically by the groom’s surname, each couple’s entry includes the name of groom, with years of his birth and death (if known); name of the bride, with her years; date of marriage; place of marriage and/or place(s) of principal residence; and sources.
The sources provided are in shorthand and refer researchers to genealogies, reference volumes, articles, and more—all published prior to 1962. View a full list of Torrey’s sources.
Watch a short video on how to use Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700.
New Englanders in the 1600s: A Guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2010, Expanded Edition by Martin E. Hollick
NEHGS, 7th Floor F3 .H66 2012
This finding aid directs researchers to genealogical writing about seventeenth-century New Englanders, covering the publication years 1980 to 2010. Entries are alphabetized by surname; each entry contains enough information for you to locate the research that has been done on that particular person, and also indicates which publications mention other family members, ties to royalty, full-family genealogies, and/or DNA studies.
The Great Migration
Between 1620 and 1640 about 20,000 men, women, and children crossed the Atlantic to settle New England. The New England Historic Genealogical Society’s Great Migration Study Project, under the scholarly direction of Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, aims to provide a concise, reliable summary of past research on these early immigrants. The result of this ongoing effort has been a range of authoritative volumes and a quarterly newsletter covering the earliest years of settlement, more than 2,000 in-depth genealogical and biographical entries of New England’s earliest settlers, andthe discovery of many previously unidentified immigrants. Learn more about this study project.
Volumes include (all authored by Robert Charles Anderson unless otherwise noted):
The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620–1633, 3 vols.
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F7 .G74 1995; available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org
The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634–1635, 7 vols.
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F7 .G742 1999; available to NEHGS members as online databases at AmericanAncestors.org.
The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony, 1620–1633
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and 7th Floor Reference F68 .A56 2004
The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England, 1629–1630
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and 7th Floor Reference F67 .A53 2012
The Great Migration Newsletter: Volumes 1–25 edited by Robert Charles Anderson
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F7 .G735 2012
Early Families of New England
The Early New England Families Study Project picks up where The Great Migration leaves off. It aims to create accurate and concise sketches of seventeenth-century marriages between 1641 and 1700. Using Clarence Almon Torrey’s bibliographic index (above) and its recent successors as a guide, this study project will cover more than 35,000 marriages. 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, including nonwhite and non-Protestant couples, as well as couples identified in the last fifty years. Sketches will be grouped by year of marriage rather than immigration. These sketches are currently being added to a searchable online database available to NEHGS members. Learn more about the Early Families of New England Study Project.
Fortunately, our early New England ancestors were avid record keepers and many documents have survived to this day. While it's impossible to enumerate all available records for each New England state here, you will get an idea of what types of records exist and where you may find them. One good starting place is on AmericanAncestors.org where members can access original records from many early New England towns. View a list of our databases by record type and/or state. Our Town Guides also offer information on each New England town, when it was established, its county, and any related databases. If you are looking for records in Massachusetts, you may also want to consult the Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records which lists what records existed for each parish, town, and county as of 1889 (you can borrow an e-book version from our online library catalog.
Passenger & Other Lists
Passenger lists were not created when a ship landed in New England, rather any information about who emigrated when comes from records generated at the point of departure or is pieced together from later documents. There are a number of published record compilations that can help. Read more about seventeenth-century passenger lists.
The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600–1700 by John Camden Hotten
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E187.5 .H68 2012
The Planters of the Commonwealth by Charles E. Banks
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F67 .B19 1930
Passengers to the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1620–1640, from actual and reconstructed ship's lists.
Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607–1657 by Meredith B. Colket
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CS61 .C64 2002
An alphabetical listing of all known immigrants to North America by 1657 who were adult male heads of families and who left male progeny to continue the surname. Cites the best monograph and periodical sources. Despite some flaws and omissions, this is one of the single most useful reference works available.
Topographical Dictionary of 2,885 English Emigrants to New England, 1620–1650
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm and 5th Floor Stacks F3 .B35 1937
Useful, but use with caution (see in R. C. Anderson's article in The Genealogist mentioned above).
The Complete Book of Emigrants, 1607–1660 by Peter Wilson Coldham
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference E187.5 .C64 1987 v.1
A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer’s Register, 4 vols. by James Savage
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 .S2 1860
Female Index to Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage compiled by Patty Barthell Myers
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 .S2 1860 Index
Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire by Sybil Noyes, Charles T. Libby, and Walter Goodwin Davis
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F18 .N68 2012
One of the most authoritative and exhaustive works of any type. Provides many clues to further research into the pre-American ancestry of early New England settlers.
Passenger and Immigration Lists Bibliography,1538–1900, Being a Guide to Published Lists of Arrivals in the United States and Canada edited by P. William Filby
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CS68 .P364 1988
Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: A Guide to Published Arrival Records of 500,000 Passengers Who Came to the U.S. and Canada in the Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Centuries, 3 vols. by P. William Filby with Mary K. Meyer
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CS68 .P363 1981
Twenty-eight annual supplements published to date (1982–2011).
Our Quaker Ancestors: Finding Them in Quaker Records by Ellen T. and David A. Berry
NEHGS, Research Library E184.F89 B47 1987
Bible Records: From the Manuscript Collections of the New England Historic Genealogical Society
NEHGS, Microtext Floor F3 .B53 2001 CD
“Catholic Church Records: A Genealogical and Historical Resource” by James M. O'Toole in New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 132 (1978): 251-63
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F1 .N56; also available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
The Churches of Christ of the Congregational Way in New England by Richard H. Taylor
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm BX9884.Z5 N498 1989
The Colonial Clergy and the Colonial Churches of New England by Frederick Lewis Weis
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm and 5th Floor Stacks BR520 .W4 1936
Connecticut Researcher’s Handbook by Thomas Jay Kemp
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F93 .K46 1981
Early Connecticut Marriages as Found on Ancient Church Records Prior to 1800, 7 vols. by Frederic W. Bailey
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference 5th Floor Stacks F93 .B16 1968
Report of the Temporary Examiner of Public Records (Public Document No. 41, 1906)
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks CD3140 .A4 v.1906
Contains a detailed list of church and parish records, arranged alphabetically by town and then by denomination.
Inventory of the Church Archives of Connecticut: Lutheran
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CD3140.H53 L8 1941
Inventory of the Church Archives of Connecticut: Protestant Episcopal
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference and 5th Floor Stacks CD3140.H53 P7 1940
“The History of Maine’s Early Churches and Location of Their Records” by Joseph Crook Anderson II in the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Sesquicentennial Conference Syllabus, 42-47 (session T-17)
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F1 .N55 1995
An Inventory of the Records of the Particular (Congregational) Churches of Massachusetts Gathered 1620–1805 by Harold Field Worthley
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference BX7148.M4 W65 1970
Report on the Custody and Condition of the Public Records of Parishes, Towns and Counties [Massachusetts] by Carroll D. Wright
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm CD3290 .A2
Guide to the Parochial Archives of the Episcopal Church in Boston by Mark J. Duffy
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CD3298.B67 D83 1981
The New Hampshire Churches: Comprising Histories of the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches in the State, With Notices of Other Denominations by Robert F. Lawrence
NEHGS, Rare Book Collection F33 .L38 1856
“Church Records at the New Hampshire Historical Society” by William, Copeley in Historical New Hampshire, 39 (1984): 152-59
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F31 .H57
Inventory of the Roman Catholic Church Records in New Hampshire
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F33 .H55 1938
The Native Ministry of New Hampshire by Nathan F. Carter
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks BR555.N4 C3 1906
Inventory of the Church Archives of Rhode Island: Society of Friends
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference CD3480.H5 F7 1939
Vermont Religious Certificates by Alden M. Rollins
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F48 .R637 2003
Lists of dissenters eligible to claim a tax exemption from their town for supporting the state-supported church.
Colony and Court Records
General Court in early New England engaged in a wide variety of cases including land disputes, debt, divorce, theft, and even witchcraft.
New England Court Records: A Research Guide for Genealogists and Historians by Diane Rapaport
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference, 5th Floor Stacks, and 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 .R37 2006
The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636–1776, 15 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F97 .C7 1850–1890
Colony of Connecticut: Minutes of the Court of Assistants, 1669–1711 transcribed by Helen Schatvet Ullmann
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F97 .C73 2009
Province and Court Records of Maine, 6 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F23 .M22
Massachusetts Bay Colony:
Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, (1628–1686), 5 vols. edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff
NEHGS, Rare Book Collection F67 .M32 1853
Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County, Massachusetts, 1636–1686, 9 vols. transcribed by George Francis Dow
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F72.E7 E48 1911
Provincial Papers, Documents and Records Relating to the Province of New Hampshire from 1686 to 1722, 40 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F34 .N54
New Haven Colony:
Records of the Colony and Plantation of New Haven, 1638–1649, 1653–1664, 2 vols. edited by Charles J. Hoadly
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F98 .N8 1857
Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, 12 vols. edited by Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F68 .N55
Rhode Island Colony:
Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation 1632–1692, 10 vols. edited by John Russell Bartlett
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F76 .R29 1856
A Volume Relating to the Early History of Boston Containing the Aspinwall Notarial Records from 1644 to 1651 (vol. 32 of Boston Record Commissioners)
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F73.1 B74 v.32
Note-Book Kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq., Lawyer, in Boston, Massachusetts Bay, From June 27, 1638, To July 29, 1641 edited by Edward Everett Hale, Jr. et al.
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference and 5th Floor Stacks F63 .L43 1988
Town records for the earliest New England settlements begin in 1633 and vary from town to town. They may contain council minutes, lists of town officer's, tax and assessor records, licenses, poor records, and more. Such records for a number of key Massachusetts towns have been published:
Boston: “Boston Town Records,” in Second Report of the Record Commissioners of the City of Boston; containing the Boston Records, 1634–1660, and the Book of Possessions, 3rd ed.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and Microtext Floor Reference F73.1 .B74
Cambridge: The Records of the Town of Cambridge (Formerly Newtowne) Massachusetts, 1630–1703
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F74.C1 C36 1901
Plymouth: Records of the Town of Plymouth, Volume 1, 1636 to 1705
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F74.P8 P82 1889
Roxbury: The Town Records of Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1647 to 1730, Being Volume One of the Original edited by Robert J. Dunkle and Ann S. Lainhart
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F74.R9 D86 1997
Salem: Town Records of Salem, Massachusetts, 1634–1691, 3 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F74.S1 S135 1868
Watertown: “Records of Town Proceedings — First and Second Books,” section one in Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings
Most New England towns began recording births, marriages, and deaths soon after settlement. Many of these original records still exist to this day--too many to list here. Several of these volumes of records have been transcribed and indexed and are searchable on our website. View a list of our databases by record type.
A digest of the early Connecticut probate records, 3 vols. by Charles William Manwaring
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks, F93 .M29 1904; also available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
Includes probates for the Hartford District from 1635 to 1750.
Maine Probate Abstracts, 2 vols.
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F18.F76.1991.
Covers the period 1687 to 1800.
Maine wills, 1640–1760 compiled by William M. Sargent
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F18 .S241887
Barnstable County, Mass. Probate records, 1685–1789
Available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
Abstracts of Bristol County, Massachusetts Probate Records, 2 vols. by H. L. Peter Rounds
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F72.B8 R68 1987
Covers the years 1687 to 1762.
Essex County, Massachusetts Probate Index, 1638–1840, 2 vols. by Melinde Lutz Sanborn
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference F72.E7 U65 1987; also available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
The Probate Records of Essex County, Massachusetts, 3 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and 7th Floor Reference F72.E7 E47 1916
Covers the years 1635 to 1681.
Index to the probate records of the county of Middlesex, Massachusetts by Samuel Hilliard Folsom
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference F72.M7 M55; available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
Covers the years 1649 to 1871.
Middlesex County in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New England: Records of probate and administration, 3 vols. by Rodgers, Robert Rodgers
NEHGS, 7th Floor reference F72.M7 R63 1999 (Vol. 1); F72.M7 R632 2001 (Vol. 2); F72.M7 R633 2005 (Vol. 3)
Covers the years 1649 to 1676.
Plymouth Colony Probate Guide: Where to find Wills and Related Data For 800 People of Plymouth Colony 1620–1691 compiled by Ruth Wilder Sherman and Robert S. Wakefield
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F63.S53 1983
Plymouth County Massachusetts Probate Index, 1686–1881 by Ralph V. Wood
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference F72.P7 W6 1988
Index to the probate records of the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts: from the year 1636 to and including the year 1893, 3 vols.
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference F72.S9 M45 1895
Suffolk County Wills: Abstracts of the Earliest Wills Upon Record in the County of Suffolk, Massachusetts: From The New England Historical and Genealogical Register
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F72.S9 S88 1984
Covers the years 1639 to ca. 1670.
Probate records of the province of New Hampshire . . . 1635–, 9 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F34 .N54 v.31-39
Part of the New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers series.
Index of Wills 1636–1850 from the Rhode Island Genealogical Register, vol. 16
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F78 .R55 v. 16
Index to over 12,000 wills; abstracts appear in the earlier volumes of this series.
Index to the probate records of the Municipal Court of the City of Providence, Rhode Island. From 1646 to and Including the Year 1899
NEHGS, 7th Floor Refereice F89.P9 P88 1902; also available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
Journals and Letters
Manuscripts at the New England Historic Genealogical Society: R. Stanton Avery Special Collections edited by Timothy G. X. Salls and Judith Lucey
NEHGS, Microtext Floor Reference, 5th Floor Stacks, Manuscripts, and 7th Floor Reading Rm Z6621 .N4 S252 2011
Governor William Bradford’s Letter Book
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F68 .B74 1906
The Correspondence of John Cotton edited by Sargent Bush Jr.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks BX7260.C79 A4 2001>
Letters from New England: The Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1629–1638 edited by Everett Emerson
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F67 .L663 1976
The Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674–1729, 2 vols. edited by M. Halsey Thomas
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F67 .S48 1973
The Correspondence of Roger Williams (1629–1682), 2 vols. edited by Glenn W. LaFantasie
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F82 .W64 1988
The History of New England from 1630 to 1649 by John Wintrhop, 2 vols. edited by James Savage
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks and Rare Book Collection F67 .W79 1853
This edition is preferred due to its useful annotations.
Winthrop Papers (1498–1654), 6 vols.
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F7 .W79
New England Diaries, 1602–1800: A Descriptive Catalogue of Diaries, Orderly Books and Sea Journals by Harriette Merrifield Forbes
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F3 .F67 1923
Maps and Atlases
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: New Hampshire, Vermont by Gordon DenBoer and George E. Goodridge, Jr.
NEHGS, Atlas Collection G1201.F7 A8 1993 N.H.
Atlas of Historical County Boundaries: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island by Gordon DenBoer and George E. Goodridge, Jr.
NEHGS, Atlas Collection G1201.F7 A8 1993 Conn.
The Expansion of New England: The Spread of New England Settlement and Institutions to the Mississippi River, 1620–1865 by Lois Kimball Mathews
NEHGS, 5th Floor Stacks F4 .R67 1909
The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1847– )
Available to NEHGS members as an online database on AmericanAncestors.org.
The oldest, most voluminous, and most respected journal dealing with New England genealogy. Some of the finest medieval English genealogical scholarship has appeared within its covers. Hundreds of Register articles dealing with English origins have been compiled in English Origins of New England Families, from the NEHGR edited by Gary Boyd Roberts ( first series; second series).
The Mayflower Descendant (1899– )
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference F68 .M46
Available to NEHGS members as an online database on AmericanAncestors.org.
An essential source of information for many New England families, not just those with Mayflower lineage. The journal includes transcriptions and abstracts of deeds, wills, vital records, and other original documents. In addition, it features compiled genealogies and analytical studies of genealogical problems.
The American Genealogist (1922– )
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F104.N6 A6
Available to NEHGS members as an online database on AmericanAncestors.org
This journal has a well-deserved reputation of having the highest critical standards and features short articles of the problem-solving type. Has published dozens of European-origins articles. A subject index to vols. 1–60 makes it especially useful.
Great Migration Newsletter (Volumes 1-25)
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reference and 5th Floor Stacks F7 .G73 1990
Contains articles and material relating to the Great Migration to New England of the 1630s.
The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record (1870– )
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm F116 .N28
Available to NEHGS members as an online database at AmericanAncestors.org.
Concentrates on New York and New Jersey Dutch and peoples of the Hudson Valley and Long Island, but also contains many English origins articles and genealogies of New England families. A master subject index covers the years 1870–1982.
The Genealogist (1980– )
NEHGS, 7th Floor Reading Rm CS1 .G392
Publishes lengthy, scholarly articles, mainly dealing with pre-American ancestry.
The National Genealogical Society Quarterly (1912– )
NEHGS, 1st Floor Rotunda CS42 .N4
Concentrates on the Mid-Atlantic states. Since 1971 it has published “Genealogical Gleanings in England” by Peter Wilson Coldham, based on research in the Public Record Office, London.
Organizations & Lineage Societies
Cape Cod Genealogical Society, capecodgensoc.org
Connecticut Ancestry Society, connecticutancestry.org
Connecticut Society of Genealogists, csginc.org
Descendants of the Founders of Ancient Windsor, dfaw.blogspot.com
Essex Society of Genealogists, esog.org
Genealogical Society of Vermont, genealogyvermont.org
General Society of Mayflower Descendants, themayflowersociety.com
Maine Genealogical Society, maineroots.org
Massachusetts Society of Genealogists, massachusettssocietyofgenealogists.org
New England Historic and Genealogical Society, AmericanAncestors.org
New Hampshire Society of Genealogists, nhsog.org
Rhode Island Genealogical Society, rigensoc.org
Sons and Daughters of the First Settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts, sonsanddaughtersofnewbury.org
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