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Working with sources: Colonial America

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Price and White
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  • Guy I White, II (1676 - 1712)
    ELIZABETH GRIFFITH, m. (firstly) GUY WHITE, II, son of GUY WHITE, I, of "Cool Spring Manor," Calvert County (now Prince George's County), who came into the Province of Maryland, 1648; was a Juror, 1666...
  • Samuel Arnold (1746 - 1829)
    Ancestor Search Search for Revolutionary Era Ancestors New Search Reporting Errors This listing does not constitute proof of lineage. These databases contain DAR proprietary information that should und...
  • Mordecai Price, II (1698 - 1762)
    Mordecai was from Gunpowder Forest, Baltimore County, married 4/8, 1724 at Friends Patuxet Meeting House, Elizabeth White (1708-1769) of Cool Springs Manor, Prince George County, the daughter of Guy Wh...
  • Mordecai Price, I (c.1660 - 1715)
    ___ Mordecai PRICE (Thomas PRICE , Thomas , Andrew ) was born in 1669 in West River, Aa, Md. He died in 1715 in West River, Anne Arundel, Md. Mordecai married Mary PARSONS daughter of Thomas PARSONS ...

Umbrella project: "working with sources"

Types of sources

Family Tradition

  • Family Bible
  • interviews
  • privately published memoirs
  • family trees
  • scrapbooks
  • ...


  • Birth / marriage / death
  • Military
  • Land
  • Wills (probate, inventory of estate)
  • Immigration (ship passenger lists)
  • Naturalization (denization)
  • Tax
  • Census
  • Business (invoices)
  • Correspondence
  • Directories (membership, address, ..)
  • Newspapers


  • tombstones
  • paintings
  • heirlooms (china, silverware, furniture ...)
  • artifacts (archeological evidence)


  • of all of the above
  • photographs


  • your home
  • flea markets
  • private collections
  • Town Libraries:town histories with genealogies; check surrounding towns. For more recent, Yearly Town Reports give birth, marriage, death, land transfers, many


  • Town Histories: Most have a section that gives the terms of settlement to the settlers; denoting their responsibilities to gain full title of the land and establish a Town.
  • Historical Societies (Town and State)
  • museums
  • universities
  • Genealogies (often also found under archives on the Web)
  • internet providers
  • Small map of USA
  • map of railroad routes

regional differences

"Best of Breed" for ...

  • New England
  • MidAtlantic
  • Southern USA
  • Westward migration
  • more recent Immigrants

language, culture and ethnicity differences