This site traces my New England heritage back 400 years through an ever-increasing number of surnames.
Please understand that this is my best understanding of my ancestry. There are errors of research and undoubtedly of transcription; moreover, some errors intentionally silently serve as place-holders until I can find better information. Further, research continues to bring new information to light that corrects long-standing errors in well-known sources.
Use this information freely as a baseline for your own research, but this site should be viewed as a collection of leads, not as definitive, professional genealogical research.
I do what I call "extended genealogy": I work to connect my major lines--and particularly the women, who have so often been overlooked--to the other families who settled primarily in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts in the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries. Along the way I have linked famous Mainers to my genealogical "web," so you can find folks like Sarah Orne Jewett, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Stephen King, to name a few, if you poke around enough (or use these links: SOJ, HWL, SEK). Indeed, we're all, somehow, connected.
Each of the major surname links below will take you to a page where you can access genealogical information, resources, and tombstone and other photographs related to that line. "Affiliated lines" will connect you directly to a genealogical index page in a new window.
As always and again, genealogical information found on-line should be treated as a secondary source until independently verified by documentary evidence.
In the June 2013 update you'll find more than 15,000 new names and updates in the genealogy pages. I've attached a few more famous people to the database, I've continued to correct duplication and errors, tie up "loose ends," and extend treetops. I've done tons of work, and I've expanded into new territory, most recently into Freeport, Maine, my hometown.
To find all of the people in my database with Wikipedia.org entries, use this search link, but give Google time to catch up and index everything: there are 276 people as of today (13 Jun 2013), including the Malaga Island, Maine folks and people associated with the Salem Witch Trials.
I also continue to standardize place names and to include county names in the place fields (I'm still working on this--please be patient!), and I continue to standardize my Julian/Gregorian calendar dates: for split dates (e.g. 1714/15) I am entering the later date (e.g. 1715) reasoning that an individual would be born *by* that date regardless of calendar used. Sorry if this bothers professionals and other purists.
I do "collect" names rather addictively. If I don't burn out over the summer, and I enter another massive number of names beforehand, expect another update around November; I usually update the website twice a year around June and Thanksgiving.
If you have information that supports, adds to, or refutes information found here, I would be happy to hear from you!
My site has wildly outgrown the free search service provided by the fine folks at FreeFind, to the point that it isn't reasonable to include their search box on my site any longer.
Copy and paste the following search string, adding your own search terms without the brackets, into Google or your favorite search engine for optimal searching:
site:http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~megen/ [surname] [firstname]
There's a space after the / and spaces between search terms. Good luck!
I currently have over 86,000 names in my database, and on any given day about 45% of those individuals are directly related to me in some way. Most pertain to the above surnames as these families resided in New England broadly, or Maine specifically, from the 17th century to the present.
I do *not* have documentation for individuals outside of my Main/e surnames. Please see the surname Resources pages for sources I've used that you might find helpful in your own research.
Kathrine Cole Aydelott, PhD, MLIS
29 Blake Rd.
Raymond, NH 03077
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