- Hi List,
I'm sure you have heard of James Savage's "A Genealogical
Dictionary of The First Settlers of New England" more commonly
known simply as "Savage", and you've probably used it in your
search for New England ancestors. I've found many of my early
Colonial ancestors in that set of books. It's likely you used a
copy at a library, like I have, or possibly you own a set.
Unfortunately the set is again out of print, in paper version that is.
Now there are two ways you can use Savage's Dictionary, both in
electronic form, one on CD that you can purchase and one that you
can access online.
The online version is located at
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/topic/newengland/savage/ and is oddly
entitled "Image Map Page". Once you get past that look in the
middle of the page for Volumes 1 through 4 which the user can click
on to get to the meat and potatoes of the site. Volume 1 contains
an introductory page, a preface, and a list of abbreviations. The
user should become familiar with the abbreviations as they are used
throughout the volume just as they were in the original print
version. Please be aware that the data in these Volumes were
transcribed by humans and formatted in HTML for our ease of use so
there may be errors. I do not see a link to where one might report
errors other than the standard e-mail contact link(s).
As example some of my own ancestral names can be found at this
site. Joseph Merry can be found about midway down the page at
Some Dyers can be seen at
but unfortunately I haven't traced my Dyer line back far enough to
find an original progenitor here; My John Washburn can be seen
about 2/3 the way down at
and my Richard Sylvester (spelled Silvester in those days) can be
found part way down at
The site is great! My only request for improvement would be to make
the links to pages turn color, such as the standard violet, after
visiting them. This would make it easier to keep track of which
pages I have already visited. Otherwise the site is great and
seems to be thorough based on comparison with some photocopied
pages I have of the print version.
The CD version of Savage is better described in an article found at
The article gives a short biography of James Savage and describes
the methods with which Savage gathered the data. A link in the
article takes you to the site where one can purchase the CD. The
data on the CD is in PDF format requiring the download of Acrobat
Reader a free reader.
Note that I have no financial interest in the sale of the CD nor am
I interested the number of clicks received at the site of the
online version. Best of luck researching your ancestors wherever
you do your searching.
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