Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Albion's Seed


There are no Mayflower Pilgrims in my family tree, and if there were I'd probably shake them out.  A strange group of people they were, I don't think, no I know, they would not like me one bit, and I don't think I would like them either. Still, it would be interesting to sit across from them over a Thanksgiving dinner and ask  about their beliefs and their lives.  I wonder if they regretted leaving their homes to pitch up in a harsh and unwelcoming land?
Many of my ancestors came to America during  The Great Migration, 1630's- until the start of the English Civil War.  At that point reverse migration started with folks returning to live in a Puritan England. A book which I found to be very helpful in understanding something of their character, their beliefs, they ways of living is a called Albion's Seed  by David Hackett Fischer.
The book is divided into four sections, each focusing on a group of british migrants to America.  It includes the Puritans, The Cavaliers, and others from across England and Scotland.
Its a great book and I recommend it highly. You can find out more about this book by looking in my Genealogy Store. 
Albion's seed: four British folkways in America [Book]
By David Hackett Fischer


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