Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Essential Genealogy Book Review: New Englanders in the 1600s by Martin E. Hollick

Genealogy book review: New Englanders in the 1600s, A guide to Genealogical Research Published Between 1980 and 2010. By Martin L. Hollick

Information from Amazon:
Publisher: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2010)
ISBN-10: 0880822759
ISBN-13: 978-0880822756
Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars   2 customer reviews
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,916,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

I am doing research for my new book which will be set in the 1600s in New Hampshire. Many of the characters in my book will be real people, some ancestors others their friends, neighbors, and possibly their enemies. Where do I turn to find the latest genealogy on these folks? Martin E. Hollick's New Englanders in the 1600s

What it is:
This book is a compendium of known New England immigrants, born prior to 1700, who are mentioned in scholarly works published between the years 1980 and 2010. Each entry provides the name of the immigrant, mostly men, birth and death if known and the location where they resided. This is followed by a reference to every publication which mentions their name. This is so important. How many of us have found incorrect, out of date information from old genealogy's published as long ago as the 1800s. Now don't get me wrong, those genealogist of old did an amazing job and produced high quality work which stands today. But, there are some dubious works out there, some innocent mistakes, some deliberate. The internet has fueled many genealogy disasters by propagating old, false information. Folks, surfing the web find these old book, not available online for free and copy out bad genealogy. Many of the sources used by Hollick require a subscription to genealogical societies such as the New England Historic Genealogical Society. This paywall can be a barrier for some who cannot afford the price. 

Anyone who pursues genealogy with family ties in early New England should get a copy of this book. I ordered mine from American Ancestors, the website for the New England Historic Genealogical Society. As a member, I got a discount. 

Recommendations: I have many early ancestors who immigrated to New England during the Great Migration. This book is great for me. If you have only one or two Great Migration ancestors you may not want to spend the money on this book. If you are like me, I highly recommend it. 

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