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Researching Colonial American Ancestors
Jane G. Haldeman
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The original 13 colonies are divided into 3 different sections.
 The New England colonies – Connecticut, Massachusetts Bay, New Hampshire, Rhode
Island & Providence Plantations
o Plymouth Colony – 1620
o Forests and fur trapping
 The Middle colonies – Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York
o Good farm lands and natural harbors
 The Southern colonies – Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia
o Jamestowne - 1607
o Grew their own food
o Cash crops
 Charter Colony – the governing powers of the monarch are restricted
o Massachusetts
o Connecticut
o Rhode Island
 Royal Colony – ruled by a governor appointed by the monarch
o North Carolina
o New Hampshire
o New York
o South Carolina
o Georgia
o New Jersey
o Virginia
 Proprietary Colony – land granted by the crown and full rights to govern given to the
o Maryland
o Pennsylvania
o Delaware
Colonial Taxes
 Parish and municipal taxes
 Quitrents – a land tax, an annual payment or rent for the land
 Tithable – person who paid, or for whom someone else paid the tax
 Head or poll tax – a tax levied on every person
Other Records
 Land Grants
 Deeds
 Wills and Probates
 Town Records
Church Records
Military Records
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New England Colonies
Connecticut State Library – Barbour Collection, Church Records, Probates, etc. http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/node/2309
University of Connecticut Library, Colonial Connecticut Records 1636-1776 https://lib.uconn.edu/find/collections/unique-collections/public-records-of-the-colony-ofconnecticut-1636-1776/
Massachusetts Bay
Massachusetts Archives Collection - http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arccol/colmac.htm
Genealogy & Family History - http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcgen/genidx.htm
Massachusetts Historical Society - https://www.masshist.org/
The Plymouth Colony Pages - http://plymouthcolony.net/index.html
New Hampshire
Find NH History http://findnhhistory.org/
New Hampshire Historical Society - https://www.nhhistory.org/Research/Genealogy
New Hampshire Secretary of State - http://sos.nh.gov - Look at folders: Archives and
Records Management, Vital Records Administration, and their sub-folders.
NH State Papers - http://sos.nh.gov/Papers.aspx
WAYBACK MACHINE – page with description of State Papers books
New Hampshire State Library - http://www.nh.gov/nhsl/services/public/genealogy.html
University of New Hampshire genealogy and special collections http://www.library.unh.edu/find/special
Rhode Island & Providence Plantations
State of Rhode Island - http://sos.ri.gov/archon/?p=collections/controlcard&id=726
One Rhode Island Family - http://onerhodeislandfamily.com/2013/03/08/records-of-thecolony-of-rhode-island/
Middle Colonies
Delaware Fugitive Records Inventory, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/125084?availability=Family%20History%20Library
Delaware Public Archives - http://archives.delaware.gov/index.shtml
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission http://www.phmc.pa.gov/Archives/Research-Online/Pages/default.aspx#.VzOplBoo6hd
New Jersey
New Jersey State Archives, http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/search.html
New Jersey, Genealogical Holdings - http://www.nj.gov/state/archives/catgenealogy.html
New York
New York State Archives - http://www.archives.nysed.gov/aindex.shtml
David Rumsey Map Collection - N. Y. land grants, patents, purchases http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~26278~1110041:Map-of-thestate-of-New-York-showin
Links are Current as of 26 March 2018
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New York State, Office of General Services – Historic Colonial and New York State
Land Records - http://ogs.ny.gov/BU/RE/LM/Hist.asp
New York State Library - http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/scandocs/historical.htm and
Southern Colonies
Georgia’s Virtual Vault - http://cdm.georgiaarchives.org:2011/cdm/
Digital Library of Georgia [Search - Colonial Georgia] - http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/
Digital Public Library of America [Search - Colonial Georgia] - https://dp.la/
Maryland State Archives - http://msa.maryland.gov/
Western Maryland’s Historical Library - http://www.whilbr.org/
North Carolina
North Carolina State Archives - http://archives.ncdcr.gov/
Manuscript and Archives Reference System (may have to use a different browser) http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov/BasicSearch.aspx
North Carolina Land Grant Images and Data - http://www.nclandgrants.com/
North Carolina Digital Collections, State Library of North Carolina http://digital.ncdcr.gov/cdm/home/
North Carolina Digital Heritage Center – DigitalNC - http://www.digitalnc.org/
Yearbooks, Newspapers, Images, Memorabilia, City Directories, Audiovisual
South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Archives & History, be sure to download the .pdf Sources
For The American Revolution At The South Carolina Department Of Archives And History http://archives.sc.gov/onlineresearch/Pages/default.aspx
Library of Virginia Online Catalog - http://lva1.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/F
Library of Virginia, Research Guides - http://www.lva.virginia.gov/public/guides/
Library of Virginia, Virginia Memory - http://www.virginiamemory.com/
Binns Genealogy 1790/1800 Virginia Tax List Censuses http://www.binnsgenealogy.com/VirginiaTaxListCensuses/
Virginia Historical Society - http://www.vahistorical.org/collections-and-resources
William & Mary College, Earl Gregg Swem Library http://guides.swem.wm.edu/genealogy
West Virginia
West Virginia Archives and History http://www.wvculture.org/history/archivesindex.aspx
Other Websites
American Ancestors by New England Historic Genealogical Society, subscription
website - http://www.americanancestors.org
Ancestry.com, subscription – http://www.ancestry.com
Ancestry.com Wiki, free updated in 2018 no longer shows - The Source: A Guidebook to
American Genealogy and Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources. To view them
Links are Current as of 26 March 2018
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go to the Wayback Machine http://archive.org/web/web.php. Copy & paste this address in the
search field http://www.ancestry.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page. Choose any highlighted
date in 2017. This takes you to an archived page with the books.
Atlas of Historical Boundaries, http://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/project.html
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - http://www.davidrumsey.com/
Early American Roads and Trails http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gentutor/trails.html
FamilySearch – https://familysearch.org/
Fold3, subscription, PA Archives are free (may have to use a different browser) http://www.fold3.com/
Harvard Library, Colonial North American Project http://colonialnorthamerican.library.harvard.edu/
New Horizons Genealogy, includes church record transcriptions http://www.newhorizonsgenealogicalservices.com/index.html
Olive Tree Genealogy - Ships Passenger Lists http://www.olivetreegenealogy.com/ships/
Ray’s Place - http://www.rays-place.com/index.html
The Avalon Project, Colonial Charters, Grants and Related Documents http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/statech.asp#me
Berry, Ellen Thomas and David Allen Berry. Our Quaker Ancestors Finding Them in Quaker
Records. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987.
Channing, Edward, Ph.D. Town and Country Government in the English Colonies of North
America. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007. Note: also available on Google
Darrow, Carol Cook, CG, Susan Winchester, PhD., C.P.A. The Genealogist’s Guide to
Researching Tax Records. Westminster, Maryland: Heritage Books, 2007.
Hatcher, Patricia Law, FASG. Researching Your Colonial New England Ancestors. Provo, Utah:
Ancestry Publishing, a division of the Generations Networks, Inc., 2006.
Hotten, John Camden, edited by. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality, 1600-1700.
Kirkham, E. Kay, Survey of American Church Records, v1 and v2, Salt Lake City, Utah: Desert
Book Company, 1959. Available through FamilySearch.org, Family History Books,
https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1107754&from=fhd v1.
https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE1107770&from=fhd v2.
Rose, Christine, CG, CGL, FASG, compiled by. Military Pension Laws 1776-1858 from the
Journals of the Continental Congress and the United States Statues-at-Large. San Jose,
California: CR Publications, 2001.
Salmon, MaryLynn. Women and the Law of Property in Early America. Chapel Hill, North
Carolina: The University of North Carolina Press, 1896.
Shammas, Carole, Marylynn Salmon, Michel Dahlin. Inheritance in America From Colonial
Times to the Present. Galveston, Texas: Frontier Press, 1987.
Stryker-Rodda, Harriet. Understanding Colonial Handwriting. Baltimore, Maryland:
Genealogical Publishing Company, 2002.
Links are Current as of 26 March 2018
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Jane G. Haldeman © 2018