New World links

This guide was last updated in 2009

This spirit of adventure and a degree of religious persecution also sent the pioneering sons of the gentry to the rest of the world, notably North America.

If you have stories or knowledge of an American ancestor, it may be worthwhile concentrating on this branch of your family tree. Burke’s Colonial Gentry can be searched by name at

American Wills and Administrations in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, 1610-1857 by Peter Wilson Coldham (you can read more about the title here) can also contain mentions of relatives of the British living in America.

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