Open the Door to Your Early New England Ancestors

Browse databases, research guides, webinars and more

Family historians can search nearly 300,000 records across a unique sets of databases that are at the forefront of early American genealogical research: The Great Migration Study Project, Early New England Families, 1641-1700, and Torrey’s New England Marriages to 1700. In addition to these essential databases, family historians will also benefit from how-to guides and webinars from staff experts at NEHGS that provide helpful research tips and techniques, essential resources, and contextual information to advance genealogical research.

Use the guide below to browse a wide variety of 17th century New England records, subject guides and books. From October 18-25, NEHGS is making all early New England resources and databases available to Guest Members. These resources are always available to our Paid Members.

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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.

Search: Mayflower Descendant

Pilgrim genealogy and history

Mayflower Descendanta journal of Pilgrim genealogy and history—is one of the most highly respected scholarly journals in the field of genealogy.

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.

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.

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.

Books & Gifts Catalog

Browse our catalog online

Browse through our entire books and gifts catalog online. This catalog contains our latest publications, classic reprints, and much more.

Search NEHGS Databases

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Browse hundreds of unique searchable online databases, offering more than 1 billion searchable names on