This is to introduce American Ancestors Journal, the first annual supplement to the Register. The creation of this new vehicle for communicating valuable scholarship beyond New England will serve our geographically diverse audience with first rate content and, at the same time, broaden our institutional reach. American Ancestors Journal is automatically included with NEHGS membership, and is available in both print and paperless PDF formats.
American Ancestors Journal provides readers genealogical content of national scope, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England. This first issue is thirty-six pages, and future issues may be longer. The editors are Henry B. Hoff and Helen Schatvet Ullmann, who are also the editor and associate editor of the Register, respectively.
Many good articles have been submitted to the Register that had only a minimal connection to New England — or none at all. Articles like these will now be considered for American Ancestors Journal. The editors are looking for short articles (eight pages or less), that solve identification problems or present a brief genealogy in the eighteenth and/or nineteenth centuries, with an emphasis on New York State and out migrations from New England.
The most recent survey of NEHGS members revealed that New York research was of great interest to members, second only to Massachusetts. The creation of American Ancestors Journal is one response to that survey. Other NEHGS initiatives for New York State research include the addition of New York material on NewEnglandAncestors.org, particularly “Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787–1835,” an essential resource for upstate New York research. Each issue of New England Ancestors now has a “Focus on New York” column, in addition to periodic New York articles. And a separate website, NewYorkAncestors.org, has been created.
We continue to work hard at NEHGS to create new ways in which we can serve our members and fulfill the Society’s mission to collect, preserve, and interpret materials to document and make accessible the history of families in America.
D. Brenton Simons
President and CEOOctober 2009 New England Historical and Genealogical Register Table of Contents
- Peter and Jane (_____) Freeman of Ipswich, Massachusetts, and Their Descendants in Maine: An African-American Family - Bruno Giles
- The Origin of Gabriel1 Whelden of Yarmouth and Malden, Massachusetts - Jan Porter and Daniel F. Stramara, Jr.
- Identifying Anna Wheeler of Stonington, Connecticut (1675–1714), as the First Wife of Jeremiah Halsey of Southampton, Long Island - Mary M. Thacher
- Nathaniel Porter (1692–1758) of Farmington and Bethlehem, Connecticut, and His Family - Bryson Caldwell Cook and Janet Stacey Porter (continued from 163:182)
- Revised Ancestry for William Moulton of Hampton, New Hampshire, Including Some Revisions of the Early Ancestry of His New England Cousins - Myrtle Stevens Hyde (concluded from 163:173)
- Humphrey Blake (1494?–1558) and His Descendants in New England and South Carolina: Blake, Richards, Selleck, Torrey, and Wolcott - Clifford L. Stott (continued from 163:211)
- Hawks Family Record - Additions and Corrections
- Index of Subjects in Volume 163
- Index of Persons in Volume 163
- Annual Table of Contents of Volume 163
- American Ancestors Journal, First Annual Supplement to the Register Table of Contents
- Revolutionary War Captain Cornelius Wiltsie of Pittstown, New York - Abbott Lowell Cummings
- Jonathan Wood (1747–1820) of Little Compton, Rhode Island, and Dutchess County, New York - Michael M. Wood
- The Tudor Family of Barbados, Boston, New York City, Newport, and Bermuda - Henry B. Hoff
- Index of Persons