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Reading Plan January 25, 2018

Filed under: Ancestors,Genealogy,Great Migration Study — Janet @ 11:58 pm


Genealogy reading – I’ve already read Mobility & Migration, now the other 2 books by Roger Thompson.  I am forging ahead with my identification and study of my early immigrant ancestors.  Most of them came to Massachusetts and Connecticut as part of The Great Migration, 1620-1640.  An exciting time in English and American history.

IMG_5078  I have this book to help.




IMG_5088  This man, Patrick J Kennedy, dominated U.S. history in a more recent era.  I just finished reading this weighty biography of him.  Almost 800 pages.  Our family were not fans of the man – I wanted to find out why.  It was compulsive reading.


Another Book To Use In My Genealogy Research January 18, 2018

IMG_5078  Wow – what a compendium.  I can now check what I’ve found so far working mostly with Ancestry.com


Old Church – Fenny Compton Wiltshire July 31, 2017

Filed under: Churches,Great Migration Study,Old Churches,Postcards — Janet @ 3:30 pm

Old Church Fenny Compton  Church of St Peter and  St Clare, Fenny Compton, Wiltshire, England.  This church dates back to 1320.

The church of my 9th Great Grandfather, Luke Hitchcock.  Luke was born in Fenny Compton in 1614.  He emigrated to America and ended his days in 1659 in Wethersfield Connecticut.  Part of the Great Migration.



A Work In Progress June 20, 2017

Immigrant ship 33   Immigrant Ship


From the piles of papers I’ve accumulated in my genealogy research I am now compiling a list of my immigrant ancestors who came to America – who, when, what year, etc.

Following is my draft so far:   Sorry, I’m having trouble copying the Word document



Ancestor Count Milestones June 2, 2017

My latest statistic – five thousand seven hundred, 5700, ancestors on my family tree and still counting on June 2 2017.

I keep finding more ancestors to add to my tree.  Ancestry.com keeps growing and various other genealogy resources are being revealed.  The digital age!

More specifically I’m trying to be sure I have identified all the ancestors who emigrated to North America.  But this work results in pursuing many other ancestors and their stories as well.  The pursuit of knowledge!

IMG_3115  A gold mine of information


IMG_3295  4 more books I might acquire – when I was visiting the East Coast last week, my cousin and I shared some of our research and these books are part of her library.  She is deep into genealogy research and far more trained than I am.  She volunteers at the New England Genealogical Research Institute once a week.  We spent a bit of time exchanging and sharing information but other activities intervened and called upon our time.  A return visit when we might have more time to focus on our shared genealogy interests is called for – maybe a visit to the Saugus Ironworks and the Peabody Essex Museum.


William Tuttle – My 9X Great Grandfather May 14, 2017

William Tuttle  William Tuttle, 1607-1673   departed Northampton England to sail on the “Planter” to arrive in Boston 1635.  He was accompanied by his wife Elizabeth and 3 children.  Later he settled in New Haven.


Mobility And Migration May 7, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Books,Genealogy,Great Migration Study,U.S. History — Janet @ 2:50 pm

IMG_3115   This is the latest addition to my genealogy research library.  It arrived in the post yesterday.  All the information about some of my immigrant ancestors that I have been laboriously collecting from ancestry.com just might be here in this book.   My immigrant ancestors originated from various parts of England but my impression so far is that the bulk of them came from East Anglia.  The book was published in 1994.  The author, Roger Thompson, is retired as university reader in American history at the University of East Anglia.

Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

“During the 1630’s, more than 14,000 people sailed from Britain bound for New England, constituting what has come to be known as the Great Migration.  This book offers the most extensive study of these emigrants ever undertaken.  Focusing on 2,000 individuals who moved from the five counties of eastern England, it provides historians with important new findings on mobility, family life, kinship networks, and community cohesion.

Roger Thompson reveals the personal experiences and ancestral histories of the emigrants.  He follows them across the Atlantic and investigates their lives and achievements in the New World.  Distinguishing between such groups as gentry, entrepreneurs, artisans, farmers, and servants, he explores whether the migration tended to be a solitary uprooting from a stable and predictable world of familiar neighborhoods or simply a longer move among many relocations.

Thompson also sheds light on the issue of motivation:  Were these settlers pulled by the hope of eventual enrichment or of founding a purified society, or were they pushed by intolerance and persecution at home?  Did they see New England as a haven of escape or an opportunity to exploit?  Did New Englanders seek to replicate ‘English ways,’ preserving traditional culture and society, or did they embrace change and innovation?  Mobility and Migration provides a wealth of new evidence for historians of both early modern England and colonial America.”

There it is – has he said it all??