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BY HENRY F. WATERS, A.B.
NEW-ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY,
18 SOMERSET STREET.
THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, through its Committee on English Research, has undertaken to make an exhaustive search of the English Records, on a plan never before attempted, for everything which concerns the family history of the early settlers of this country. For this purpose it has secured the services of the eminent antiquary HENRY FITZ Gilbert Waters.
Mr. Waters sailed for England May 5, 1883, and at once entered upon his great work. Before a twelvemonth had passed he had accumulated a vast amount of historical and genealogical material, including abstracts of more than six hundred wills relating to American families, and he is still industriously engaged in adding to his invaluable collections. Some of the results of his researches, under the title of "Genealogical Gleanings in England," have been given to the public in the NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, the organ of the Society. It has now been deemed advisable to reprint some of these "Gleanings" in a form more convenient for reference. The present volume includes the various instalments published in the REGISTER from July, 1883, to April, 1885, inclusive.
It has been found impossible heretofore in most cases to satisfactorily establish the relationship between English and American families of the same name, and this failure to connect has been to the American genealogist the source of his greatest trouble. The searches now undertaken promise for the first time to meet and overcome this difficulty. The method adopted by Mr. Waters, so different from that of his predecessors, has, as was predicted, brought to light information which has escaped the attention of all other investigators. In this way only will it be possible to find and make