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1. Title:   <b>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 </b>James Savage; compiled by O. P. Dexter, <i>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 </i>(The best known and most frequently used genealogical dictionary.This monumental work gives the name of every settler who came to New England before 1692, regardless of his rank, station in life or fortune. Traces the descendants of each person, giving dates of marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and the birth dates and names of his grandchildren, thus recording the beginning of the third generation in New England. Binding is 4 vols. 2,541 pp.) Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 65-18541 (Boston: 1860-1862 Reprinted with "<i>Genealogical Notes and Errata</i>," excerpted from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, April, 1873, pp. 135-139, And A Genealogical Cross Index of the Four Volumes of the Genealogical Dictionary of James Savage, by O. P. Dexter, 1884. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, 1965,1969,1977,1981,1986, 1990)
Page:   Vol. 1, p. 268
2. Title:   <b>Maine and Massachusetts Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis </b>Walter Goodwin Davis, <i>Maine and Massachusetts Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis </i>(Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996) Family Tree Maker CD #194 Three volume set: I. Allanson to French, II. Gardner to Moses, and III. Neal to Wright. The multi-ancestor compendia compiled and published by Walter Goodwin Davis is one of the major achievements of twentieth-century genealogy. These volumes authoritatively cover 180 families, all of Davis's colonial forebears plus nineteen English families in the immediate ancestry of American immigrants. The Davis opus is undoubtedly the premier work for northern New England, and an often essential companion volume to the celebrated Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire, which it considerably expands, especially for many Essex County families with ties further north. Almost anyone with considerable New England ancestry--and as many as 100 million living Americans, about 40 percent of the population, have some colonial New England forebears--will descend from one or more, often a dozen or more, of the families herein.
Page:   Vol. 1, p. 362
3. Title:   <b>New England Marriages Prior To 1700 </b>Clarence Almon Torrey, <i>New England Marriages Prior To 1700</i> (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985)
4. Title:   <b>The Essex Institute Historical Collection </b>Essex Institute Historical Collection (Salem, MA: 1859 onwards) Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970 U. S. A.
Page:   Vol. 48, p. 86
5. Title:   Roselle Theodore Cross, <i>My Children's Ancestors; Data Concerning about Four Hundred New England Ancestors of the Children of Roselle Theodore Cross and His Wife Emma Asenath (Bridgman) Cross</i> (Twinsburg, OH: The Champlin Press, 1913)
Page:   p. 54
6. Title:   <b>The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown </b>Thomas Bellows Wyman, <i>The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown -- in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1629-1818,</i> 2 vols. (Boston, MA: D. Clapp and Son, 1879 (reprinted by the New England History Press, 1982]) “A little over a hundred years have passed since the first publication of Thomas Bellows Wyman's The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in 1879. Its broad scope, the thoroughness of its scholarship and the meticulousness of its detail have made it an indispensable tool for the student of history, and the genealogist alike. It has continuously enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best and most accurate books of its type. Charlestown is particularly fortunate in that almost all of its early records have survived, despite the burning of the town by the British in 1775. What makes The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown superior to most other works of its kind is that the author utilized not only obvious sources of information-town and church records-but other types of documents as well, particularly the deeds, and probate and court files of Middlesex County. For over thirty years Wyman collected material from many sources relating to Charlestown's inhabitants from its earliest settlement to 1818, carefully sifting them for their genealogical value. Correlating the facts from these sources and weighing the evidence in his typi­cally impartial manner, he produced a book whose accuracy has stood up to a century of scrutiny. The result is a monumental genealogical compendium of all families and individuals for nearly the first two centuries of the town's existence. As one of the older settlements in New England, Charlestown is genealogically one of the most significant. Many well established families trace their be­ginnings to Charlestown. From this base people settled all over New England and beyond, and today thousands of Americans can trace lines of ancestry back to its early families. Thus, the book's importance reaches well beyond Charles­town's borders. In addition to being a "parent" town, Charlestown was a major seaport, attracting a constant stream of merchants, mariners and seamen, some of whom intermarried with the local populace and added to the blend of surnames. The most remarkable feature of the book is Wyman's complete lack of discrimination between the distinguished and less distinguished town residents. Most town histories written before or since typically devote most of their space to prominent individuals or families or those of long-standing residence while only mentioning briefly -- or omitting entirely -- the lesser lights. Wyman's method allowed for no such distinction. He was fond of saying that the persons and families eminent in social station or political preferment were sure of recog­nition in a thousand ways not open to their less fortunate neighbors, and that his aim had been to gather the scattered memorials of the many, rather than to write panegyrics on the few. The book's plan is straightforward, and the alphabetical arrangement of the genealogies does away with the need for a name index. For the larger families an index for the heads of each individual family group is provided at the beginning of the family sketch. Each sketch is divided into two parts: the genealogies and the estates. It is this latter section in which the author makes his most valuable contribution. By making these records readily available, the need to seek out the often inaccessible or deteriorating originals, is eliminated. Besides the genealogies and estates, several other features contribute to the book's usefulness. Among these arc the chronological schedule of conveyances to 1818, a schedule of the ancient colored inhabitants on record prior to 1800, and an 1818 map of the town.
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