James Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692 is one of the greatest resources for anyone doing genealogy research in colonial New England. These books were originally published during the U.S. Civil War and still remain today as one of the greatest resources we have. If you do not have easy access to a library copy, however, modern-day reprints cost more than $100. A few years ago the same volumes were digitized and released on CD-ROM disk and are available for under $50.
Thanks to the efforts of David Blackwell, the same volumes are available online at no cost. You can even download the volumes and store them on your own hard drive. You can also copy-and-paste information from the Web site directly into your genealogy program, word processor or other program. For instance, here is a copy-and-paste of the first immigrant to North America who bore my surname:
[EASTMAN] ROGER, Salisbury, an orig. propr. ancest. it is believ. of all of the name in our land, d. 16 Dec. 1694, aet. 83; and his wid. Sarah d. 11 Mar. 1698. They had John, b. 9 Mar. or Apr. 1640; Nathaniel, 18 May 1643; Philip, 20 Dec. 1644; Thomas, 11 Nov. 1646; Timothy, 29 Nov. 1648; Joseph, 8 Jan. 1651; Benjamin, 12 Feb. 1653; Sarah, 25 Sept. 1655; Samuel, 20 Nov. 1657; and Ruth, 22 Mar. or Apr. 1662. Sarah m. 13 June 1678, Joseph French jr. and next, 4 Aug. 1684, Solomon Shepherd, by both had ch. and d. a wid. of gr. age 1 Dec. 1748. That he came from Southampton 1638, on board the Confidence, in comp. with many wh. sat down at Salisbury, and neighb. towns, as presum. from a paper supplied by Henry Stephens of London, in Geneal. Reg. II. 108-10, after some correct. of errors found by H. G. Somerby, giv. in Geneal. Reg. V. 440, would be rec. as prob. in spite of the name being in the latter chang. to Robert, and the other circumst. of his being call. serv. 15 yrs. sold, for the numeral should be 25, and the designat. may well seem only a deception to get clear from the orders in counc. to embarrass emigrat.
You a do the same: find information on your early New England ancestry and then easily insert that data into your database. The online version of James Savage's Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692 is available at: http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage
Like most genealogy books, Savage's Dictionary did contain errors. Professor Robert Kraft's 1994 transcription with many corrections of James Savage's 4 volume work may be found at: http://www.usigs.org/library/books/ma/savage/savage.htm