A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England

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Overview[edit | edit source]

Use online editions of James Savage’s book A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England to find biographical information of many early settlers of New England. If your ancestors were from any of the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont), this record might be very helpful in your research.

"Though the publication includes some errors, it remains an important reference point for New England genealogists." (D. Joshua Taylor, "Printed, Online, and Onsite: Fantastic Resources for Colonial New England Research," Crossroads, Utah Genealogical Association, Fall 2012, 9.)

Content[edit | edit source]

Each settler’s biographical sketch may include:

  • Birth date and place
  • Marriage date and place
  • Death date and place
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Biographical information
  • Other family members

Internet editions[edit | edit source]

  • Robert Kraft Transcriptions (Text - All Volumes of James Savage's books):
    • WeRelate (Active wiki project started 2012)
      • Complete surname index
      • Original page and line breaks
      • Links to next/prev page, see also, and more than 25,000 unique Person pages in the WeRelate unified family tree
      • Of the 22,460+/- biographical sketches, 11,635+/- are linked to a corresponding WeRelate Person page
      • Over 485 known or suspected defects marked (also, 160+/- cases of a Person being subject of two or more sketches)
    • USGenNet (inactive for several years, AHGP disavows affiliation, significant formatting departures from original)