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Great Migration Newsletter, July - September 2010
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New Ideas on the Pilgrims
In a massive volume published last year, Jeremy Bangs brought together in one place his decades of research and thinking on the Mayflower Pilgrims, and especially on their years in Leiden: Strangers and Pilgrims, Travellers and Sojourners: Leiden and the Foundations of Plymouth Plantation (Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants, 2009). Many of the chapters in this volume could stand alone as definitive studies of one or another of the aspects of Pilgrim history, and as such will be exceedingly helpful to anyone interested in Plymouth Colony and its founders.
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Editor’s Effusions
As we noted in the last issue of this Newsletter , the completion of the current Great Migration volume, finishing all sketches for the years 1634 and 1635, will also mean the completion of about one-half of the sketches to be compiled for the entire Great Migration Study Project. Even as we finish the current volume, we begin to look ahead to the next phase of our work.
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Focus on the James of London, 1635
When we complete the Second Series of Great Migration volumes, about a year from now, we will be in a position to summarize the data we have compiled for the first fifteen years of the Great Migration, from 1620 to 1635. As a first small step in that direction, we present here an analysis of what we have learned about the passengers of a single vessel, the James of London, which in April of 1635 took on passengers at the port of Southampton before sailing for New England [Drake's Founders 55-57].
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Recent Literature
Alvy Ray Smith, “The Probable Genetic Signature of Thomas 1 Riggs, Immigrant to Gloucester, Massachusetts, by 1658,” The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 164 (2010):85-94.
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In this issue:

I. New Ideas on the Pilgrims
II. Editor's Effusions
III. Focus on the James of London, 1635
IV. Recent Literature

Great Migration Series Books:
•  Complete Great Migration Newsletter, Vol. 1-15
•  Great Migration Newsletter, Vol. 11-15
•  Great Migration Begins 1620-1633 3 VOL SET
•  Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volumes I-VI
•  Great Migration 1634-35 VOLUME A-B
•  Great Migration 1634-35 VOLUME C-F
•  Great Migration 1634-35 VOLUME G-H
•  Great Migration 1634-35 VOLUME I-L
•  Great Migration 1634-35 VOLUME M-P
•  Great Migration, 1634-1635, Volume VI, R-S
•  Great Migration 1634-1635, Volumes I-VI (surnames beginning A-S)

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