Early New England Families Study Project
Accounts of New England Families from 1641 to 1700
This study project provides accurate and concise published summaries of seventeenth-century New England families. Using Clarence Almon Torrey's bibliographic index of early New England marriages and its recent successors as a guide, the project focuses on individuals who immigrated from 1641 through 1700, grouped by year of marriage. Download a PDF listing of all available sketches
Alicia Crane Williams, FASG
Alicia is Lead Genealogist of the Early New England Families Study Project. In nearly forty years of work as a professional genealogist, she has compiled and edited a number of multi-family genealogies and surname works and was editor of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower descendants’ periodical, The Mayflower Descendant. She is the genealogist of the Alden Kindred of America and editor of the John Alden family for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants’ series, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations.
Western Massachusetts Families in 1790
This study project addresses families in the 1790 census for Berkshire and Hampshire Counties (from which Franklin and Hampden Counties were later formed). In 1790, this part of Massachusetts was a crossroads for New England families heading west into New York or beyond, or north into Vermont. These sketches provide a major addition to the published research on the region.
Helen Schatvet Ullmann, CG, FASG
Helen was the editor of the Western Massachusetts in 1790 Study Project and associate editor of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. She won several awards for a number of compiled genealogies and many genealogical articles. Direct questions to WesternMass1790@nehgs.org.
Early Vermont Settlers to 1784
This study project covers those who traveled north of the Massachusetts border into Vermont on their migration out of southern New England. The goal of the project is to understand and track Vermont’s unique migration history.
Vermont is unique in its migration history. The initial settlers laid down the political and religious fabric of the state. The end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 unlocked a floodgate of settlers to this new, open land which at the time was thought would become one of the most populated areas of the country. By 1808, settlers determined that the land was not that good for farming as they thought and flatter land with rich soil started opening up in New York and Ohio which slowed down the number of immigrants to Vermont. By 1830, the mass exodus west began. As fast as the settlers arrived in the 1780s and 1790s, they seemed to leave even faster. The vast majority of Vermont towns still have not exceeded their peak pre-1850 population.
With this project, we hope to learn who the players were on the political and religious fronts, uncover the migration patterns for this period in the region, and identify all those just looking to better their lives on the new frontier. Those included in this study project are heads of households identified in Donald Alan Smith’s thesis Legacy of Dissent: Religion and Politics in Revolutionary Vermont 1749 to 1784 (Clark U., Ph.D., 1980). A copy can be found in the American Ancestors library.
Scott Andrew Bartley
Scott Andrew Bartley is the project leader for Early Vermont Settlers to 1784. A native of Vermont, he worked for American Ancestors/NEHGS as a librarian and curator between 1984 and 1999. You can reach him at VermontSettlers1784@nehgs.org.