Genealogical Gleanings in England, with the addition of Genealogical Gleanings in England, New Series by Henry F. Waters. Published by Clearfield Publishing Company, 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore MD 21202. 1901, reprinted 1997. 2 vols. xxiii, 1760 pp. Charts, illustrations, index. Softcover. $115 plus $4.75 p&h.

The subtitle of this publication is Abstracts of Wills relating to Early American Families, with Genealogical Notes and Pedigrees from the Wills and from other records.

The bulk of this material was originally published in serial form in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register from July 1883 through January 1899. The material was later brought together in book form to make it more accessible. This valuable resource for English origins of American ancestors is now reprinted by Clearfield Publishing Company.

The introduction to the book reproduces some of the introductory materials from the serial publication and emphasizes the discoveries surrounding the parentage of John Harvard, the first benefactor of Harvard College.

There is a 30,000 name index, plus a fifty-one page index of places. Please note that these indexes are not at the back of the second volume, but rather precede the New Series of Genealogical Gleanings in England, which is at the end of volume two. The wills in the New Series are in alphabetical order, but there is no everyname index to this section of the book. This makes people of different surnames mentioned in the wills more difficult to find.

People mentioned in these records come from New England, Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania and the West Indies. A resource that must be examined for anyone seeking the English origins of their American ancestors.

Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.4 no4., 1997