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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Female Index to Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England by James Savage : Featured library resource for February 2012


This new volume, compiled by Patty Barthell Myers and acquired with donations made in honor of Roberta Bratti, is an exciting complement to the classic 4-volume set by James Savage entitled Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England. 

The Female Index, published nearly 150 years after the original set began in 1860, for the first time provides easy access to women's names, previously listed variously under husbands or fathers, but not in their own right.  I was pleased to find my 8th great grandmother Margaret Read Stubbs in the Female Index, and was confident of having found all relevant entries.

Savage's set, subtitled "showing three generations of those who came before May, 1692, on the basis of Farmer's Register" is based on an earlier listing by John Farmer called A Genealogical Register of the first Settlers of New England (1829).   The CCGS Library owns the 4-volume Savage set, though not the earlier Farmer volumes.  Our version of Savage is a reprint published by the Genealogical Publishing Company, and it includes supplementary material with indexes, additions and corrections contributed by later authors.  Savage's work uses a lot of abbreviations (listed early in volume 1), so it takes some getting used to, but it is a thorough and comprehensive source for colonial genealogy, and Savage used a small army of friends and contacts to check original sources throughout the region.

The Savage set is also available online at this location, or can be purchased very reasonably as a CdROM, or as part of a CdROM containing several early New England resources, from Archive CD Books USA.

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