Guides to Plymouth Colony Records

 

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     These are guides to the records of New Plymouth Colony, available as page images in the
Historical Records Collections at FamilySearch.org, and published in a number of works.

Overview of Published Plymouth Colony Records
(From Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation)

A Guide to Old Colony Wills
(Images of original Plymouth Colony Probate Records and published versions)

Index to Published Records of the Colony of New Plymouth In New England
(Published 1855-1861 and 1996)

 

An Overview of Published Plymouth Colony Records

     Mayflower scholar Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, Director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, has long been working on transcriptions of the unpublished Plymouth Colony records, some of which he has already published. I highly recommend his Overview of the Plymouth Colony Records Project, the most succinct introduction to the Colony records.

 

A Guide to Old Colony Wills and to other
Plymouth Colony Probate Records 1621-1692

     This PDF file is a guide to the images of the manuscript volumes of original Plymouth Colony probate records available online in the Historical Records Collection at FamilySearch.org, along with miscellaneous probate records in other volumes of the Plymouth Colony Records, and published transcriptions, abstracts and images of those records.

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A Guide to Old Colony Wills
Revised 09-Dec-2013 (134 kb)

 

Index to Published Records of the Colony of New Plymouth In New England

Nathaniel B. Shurtleff (Volumes 1-8) and David Pulsifer (Volumes 9-12), Editors
Records of the Colony of New Plymouth In New England
12 Volumes, issued bound as 9 or 10
Boston: The Press of William White, Printer to the Commonwealth, 1855-1861
Reprinted in 6 Volumes - New York: AMS Press, 1968
and
Charles H. Simmons, Jr.
Plymouth Colony Records
Camden, ME: Picton Press, 1996
Vol. 1: Wills and Inventories, 1633-1669 (2 manuscript volumes in 1)

This PDF file contains a consolidated index to the original twelve volumes (1855-1861) plus the volume of probates (1996):

Volume 1 (1855): Court Orders, 1633—1640
Volume 2 (1855): Court Orders, 1641—1651
Volume 3 (1855): Court Orders, 1651—1661
Volume 4 (1855): Court Orders, 1661—1668
Volume 5 (1855): Court Orders, 1668—1678
Volume 6 (1855): Court Orders, 1678—1691
Volume 7 (1857): Judicial Acts, 1636—1692
Volume 8 (1857): Miscellaneous Records, 1633—1689
Volume 9 (1859): Acts of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England, Vol. I, 1643—1651
Volume 10 (1859): Acts of the Commissioners of the United Colonies of New England, Vol. II, 1653—1678-9
Volume 11 (1861): Laws, 1623—1682
Volume 12 (1861): Deeds &c. Vol. I, 1620—1651; Book of Indian Records for Their Lands
and (as Volume 13, 1996) Wills and Inventories, 1633-1669

     Researchers have for more than a century faced a significant obstacle when working with Plymouth Colony Records.  Although each of the twelve volumes has an index, there has not, until now, been a consolidated index to all twelve volumes.  This index removes that obstacle by obviating the need to search as many as thirteen different indices for the records for one person.

     The index has three sections.  The first, and largest, is the index to persons, alphabetized by the primary, most common or best known spelling of each surname.  Alternate spellings of a surname are grouped with the primary spelling.  Within each surname entries for given names are alphabetized, followed by alphabetized titles such as Captain, Goodwife or Mr.  After each given name or title are listed vital records entries (births, marriages and deaths), followed by an alphabetized list of all other entries.  Note that I have standardized the spelling of given names under which entries are alphabetized, but have not standardized the spelling of other given names within entries.

     The second section is the index to places, and the third section is the index to subjects.  An alpabetical key to all three sections is provided on the bookmarks tab.

 

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Consolidated Index to Plymouth Colony Records
Revised 19-May-2013 (1.47 mb)

 

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