ROBERT ANDERSON signing and discussing PURITAN PEDIGREES: THE DEEP ROOTS OF THE GREAT MIGRATION TO NEW ENGLAND . His new book reveals the “why” behind the great migration that took place between 1620 and 1640. If your ancestors were among them, here you can find out why they came. He focuses not only on the religious motivation of the puritan leaders but also on the ordinary laymen who formed a complex genealogical and intellectual network extending temporally back to the beginnings of the English reformation and geographically across all of England and even to parts of Wales.
Robert Charles Anderson is the Director of The Great Migration Study Project at New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) in Boston, Massachusetts. Between 1620 and 1640 about 20,000 men, women, and children crossed the Atlantic to settle New England. The Great Migration Study Project pro-vides a concise, reliable summary of research on these early immigrants to America. This effort that began in 1988 has resulted in more than 2,400 in-depth sketches on New England’s earliest settlers and the discovery of many previously unidentified immigrants. In a series of thirteen volumes published by NEHGS, Robert Charles Anderson has provided accounts on most of them. His works have led thousands of family historians to discover ancestral connections to these earliest settlers in our country’s history.
Anderson was educated as a biochemist and served in the United States Army in electronics intelli-gence. In 1972 he discovered his early New England ancestry and thereafter devoted his time and energies to genealogical research. He was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists (FASG) in 1978. Anderson was coeditor of The American Genealogistfrom 1993 to 2012, and he has been an editorial consultant to the New England Historical and Genealogical Register of NEHGS since 1989. He is the author of numerous publications concerning the Great Migration.