Tuesday, September 20, 2011

NEHGS Announces New Volume to Second "Great Migration" Series

Volume VII: Final Volume of the Second “Great Migration” Series Now in Print!

Boston, MA – September, 20, 2011 – The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) announced today the release of the seventh and final volume of The Great Migration Series: Immigrants to New England 1634—1635, which is now available online at www.GreatMigration.org.

First proposed to NEHGS in 1988 by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG, the Great Migration Study Project aims to produce comprehensive biographical and genealogical accounts of all immigrants to New England between the years 1620 and about 1643.

To date, The Great Migration series includes a total of 10 volumes; three for the years 1620—1633, and seven volumes for 1634—1635. This latest volume includes all immigrants whose surnames are “T” through “Y.”

“The two Great Migration book series by Robert Charles Anderson stand as a crowning achievement in the fields of genealogy and New England history and, further, as the most important compendia published by NEHGS in 170 years,” said D. Brenton Simons, President and CEO of NEHGS.

The years between the Mayflower in 1620 and the start of the English Civil War in 1640 saw a tremendous surge of new families to America. New towns were established all across New England and the new immigrants flourished. In 1634 and 1635, immigrant numbers increased dramatically, with as many as 2,500 people coming to New England in each of those years. Today, millions of Americans can
claim ancestors who traveled the Atlantic to come to New England during these Great Migration years.

Anderson said that of all New Englanders who are included in the 1790 census, the first federal census taken, it is estimated that as many as 95% of those people can claim ancestry back to the Great Migration period. To learn more or to purchase this book, please visit www.GreatMigration.org.

About NEHGS

Founded in 1845, New England Historic Genealogical Society is the country's leading resource for family history research. We help family historians expand their knowledge, skill, and understanding of their family and its place in history. The NEHGS research center, located at 99-101 Newbury Street, Boston, houses millions of books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, microfilms, documents, records, and other artifacts that date back more than four centuries. NEHGS staff includes some of the leading expert genealogists in the country, specializing in early American, Irish, English, Italian, Scottish, Atlantic and French Canadian, African American, Native American, and Jewish genealogy. Our award-winning website, www.AmericanAncestors.org, provides access to more than 135 million searchable names in 3,000 collections.