Friday, October 24, 2008

British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775

942.073 ENGL
British Origins of American Colonists, 1629-1775
William Dollarhide
Heritage Quest Genealogical Services

From the book cover:

This is a very helpful source for British Genealogy before the American Revolution.

Dollarhide identifies four migrant groups to colonial America.
1. East Anglian Puritans to New England, 1629-1640.
2. West County Cavaliers and their Servants to the Chesapeake, 1640-1675.
3. North Midland Quakers to the Delaware Valley, 1675-1725.
4. British and Scotch-Irish to the American backwoods, 1717-1775.

A discussion of each group identifies their:

  • Folkways
  • Religion
  • Naming traditions
  • Inheritance customs
  • History
  • Reasons for coming to America

This book contains wonderful maps. For each migration group there is a map showing:

  • Counties in England where the emigrants lived
  • Counties in America where they settled

Dollarhide includes a list of sources to help genealogists locate the county, parish, or village where a particular surname occurs in Britain. There is a bibliography of books and microfilm sources for further British Origins research.