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The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement
The Planters of the Commonwealth
Product Code: US0362
Number of CDs: 1
Author: Charles Edward Banks
Pages: 363
Pub. Date: (1930) 2007
Qty in Cart: none

Banks has compiled all the information available to him by 1930 on passengers from England to New England during the two decades between 1620 and 1640, supplementing the surviving passenger lists with some details of his own knowledge and conclusions on their residences before and after the voyage. 

The author opens the volume with an essay on the process of migration itself, discussing the motivations for migration and the details of the transatlantic crossing. He includes tables of the level of migration from each English county, based on his own research.

Note: This book is also among the four volumes in our popular New England Migration - The Collected Works of Charles Edward Banks, which is available at 40% OFF the regular retail price of the individual books if purchased separately.
The core of the volume is a year-by-year listing of the passenger ships that sailed each year, and what is known of the passengers. Some of the lists of passengers are taken from documents created at the time of sailing, while others are synthetic lists created by Banks himself, based on his analysis of a wide range of documents. Some of the surviving seventeenth-century lists include information on occupation and English residence and some don't, and in the latter case Banks has frequently added such information. All data on the later New England residences of the passengers was appended by Banks.

The volume concludes with indexes of surnames, place names in England and New England, and ships.

Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
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The CD includes high-quality images of every page as originally published (not just a transcript) and is fully searchable using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 5 or later recommended) on any Windows, Macintosh, or Unix computer. The data on this CD is completely self-contained, and requires no installation.

The Planters of the Commonwealth: A Study of the Emigrants and Emigration in Colonial Times: to which are added Lists of Passengers to Boston and to the Bay Colony; the Ships which brought them; their English Homes, and the Places of their Settlement
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