Province of Massachusetts Bay


Map of the Province of Massachusetts Bay from New Hampshire Provincial and State Papers

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Mayflower 2020 Research & Reading Resources

Note: Research and reading materials include primary and secondary sources, as well as popular derivative articles and books. This is a work in progress. Last updated 7/1/18.

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project


• Adams, Azel, The Mayflower and Her Log, July 15, 1620-May 6, 1621. Chiefly from Original Sources (Boston and New York, The Riverside Press, 1901).

• Anderson, Robert Charles, Pilgrim Migration: Pilgrims to Plymouth Colony, 1620-1633 (NEHGS).

• Andrews, Charles McLean, The Founders of New England: A Chronicle of the Puritan Commonwealths (Yale University Press, 1919).

• Arber, Edward, The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers (London, Boston and New York, 1897).

• Ashton, Robert, The works of John Robinson, pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers (1851) with a memoir and annotations by Robert Ashton, 3 Vols (1851).


• Baker, Peggy M., The Plymouth Colony Patent (Pilgrim Society & Pilgrim Hall Museum, 2007).

• Banks, Charles Edward, The English ancestry and homes of the Pilgrim fathers (Baltimore, 1962).

• Bangs, Jeremy Dupertius, Pilgrim Life in Leiden: Text and Images from the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum (Leiden, 1997).

• Bangs, Jeremy Dupertius, Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners: Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2009).

• Bangs, Jeremy Dupertius, The Pilgrims in the Netherlands: Recent Research (Leiden: Leiden Municipal Archives, 1985).

• Bartlett, W.H., The Pilgrim Fathers & Founders (London, 1854).

• Baylies, Francis, An historical memoir of the colony of New Plymouth … with some corrections, additions and a copious index by Samuel G. Drake (Boston, 1866): Vol. I; Vol. II.

• Blaxland, Rev. G. Cuthbert, Mayflower Essays—The Story of the Pilgrim Fathers (London, 1896).

• Bradford, William, History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1646 (1912): Vol. I; Vol. II.

• Bradford, William and Edward Winslow, Mourt’s Relation. A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth [verbatim], with an introduction and notes, ed. by Henry Martyn Dexter (1865).

• Bridgman, Thomas, The Pilgrims of Boston and their descendants (New York, 1856).

• Brigham, Albert Perry, Cape Cod and the Old colony (New York and London, 1920).

• Brown, John Irwin, The English Puritans (Cambridge, England, 1910).

• Brown, John Irwin, The Pilgrim Fathers in Holland (1608-1620) (Leyden, 1920).

• Brown, John Irwin, The Pilgrim fathers of New England and their Puritan successors by John Brown; with an introduction by the Rev. A. E. Dunning; With illustrations from original sketches by Charles Whymper (New York, 1896).

• Bunker, Nick, Making Haste from Babylon. The Mayflower Pilgrims and Their World. A New History (New York, 2011).

• Burgess, Walter H., John Robinson, pastor of the Pilgrim Fathers. A study of his life and times (London and New York, 1920).

• Burrage, Champlin, The early English dissenters in the light of recent research, 1550-1641 (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1912): Vol. I; Vol. II.

• Byington, Ezra Hoyt, The Puritan as a Colonist and Reformer (Boston, 1899).

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Great Advice from Family History Daily: Re-examine Every Genealogy Record

So glad to hear that someone else, namely Barb Bauer at Family History Daily, recommends re-examining every genealogy record after long periods of research. This is precisely what I have been doing for the past few months and must continue to do in the foreseeable future.

As I explained in my “About” mini-bio, I have been — like many others — working on my family history for decades. So much has changed as to the availability of records, especially the wonderful growing online databases, that it is a tough job to just keep up never mind trying to keep ahead of the onrush.

My personal dilemma is not only keeping up with one online family tree I created (a really dumb move on my part) but to make sure that any “new” information “discovered” is added to existing paper files. This includes re-examining the source(s) for that “new” information and incorporating it into existing files.

This is a very time consuming but necessary task.

Therefore, blogging will be scattered (at best) over the summer as I too quickly approach a late fall deadline to transfer and update literally hundreds of these particular files.

If you have not done so, I highly recommend re-examining your genealogy records for your own personal reasons.

Also, the deeper I dig into the past — not having had the luxury of doing so at times — I realize that it is not just the genealogical records that need re-examining. It is the historical records as well. That project will have to wait until a later date.

That said, there is a plethora of online historical material available: is one example.

Or, you can take a bit of time now (or return anytime) to check out the links in the Publications, Sources, Blogs, and Genealogical and Historical Societies pages on the site. Inspiration is only a click away.

Happy re-examining!

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