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GUIDE TO THE MULTI-PART VOLUMES OF THE GSMD SILVER BOOK SERIES


The Silver Book project, originally known as the Five Generations Project, traces the descendants of the Mayflower pilgrims. The aim of the project is to bridge the research gap between Plymouth Colony’s beginnings and Revolutionary times for researchers. Most of the Silver Books have been published as a single volume. Those covering Pilgrims with a large number of descendants, have been published as multi-part sets. This guide explains how the multi-part volumes are organized.
ALDEN, JOHN – This four volume set is organized with Part 1 covering the first four generations. John and Priscilla had nine children (two did not leave descendants) with most covered in subsequent parts of volume 16 (see below). Coverage of the 5th generation through Sarah2, who married Alexander2 Standish, will be found in Volume 14, Myles Standish. Fifth generation descendants through Rebecca2 who married Thomas Delano (5th generation #’s 312 to 432) will be found in the soft cover “Philip Delano” series, Parts 1 and 2. A 5th generation book of the descendants through David2 Alden is in progress.
  • Volume 16, Part 1
    John Alden 4 generations naming 5th; compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes; edited by Alicia Crane Williams (1999)
  • Volume 16, Part 2
    John Alden 5th generation descendants through Elizabeth2 Alden; compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes; edited by Alicia Crane Williams (2002)
  • Volume 16, Part 3
    John Alden 5th generation descendants through John2, Joseph2, and Jonathan2 Alden; compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes; edited by Alicia Crane Williams (2004)
  • Volume 16, Part 4
    John Alden 5th generation descendants through Ruth2 Alden; compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth-Barnes; edited by Alicia Crane Williams, completed by John Bradley Arthaud (2015)
BREWSTER, WILLIAM – The long awaited silver book on William Brewster was published in late 2014, replacing an earlier soft pink cover edition. Volume 24 covers the first four generations. While researchers are hard at work on the 5th generation descendants of Brewster’s children, readers should continue to use the appropriate “pink” Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP) books for Love, Patience and Jonathan. Fear 2 who married Isaac Allerton, has the 5th generation covered in the silver Volume 17, Isaac Allerton.
  • Volume 24, Part 1 – Descendants of Elder William Brewster Generations 1 through 4 by Barbara Lambert Merrick, edited by Scott Andrew Bartley (2014)
  • Mayflower Families in Progress Books (soft, pink cover):
  • William Brewster, Love2, 5th gen descendants, compiled by Barbara Lambert Merrick (2003)
  • William Brewster, Jonathan2, 5th gen descendants, compiled by Barbara Lambert Merrick (2006)
  • William Brewster, Patience2, 5th gen descendants, compiled by Barbara Lambert Merrick (2001)
DOTY, EDWARD – This three volume set is divided into coverage for his nine children. Each of the three parts covers five generations naming the 6th.
  • Volume 11, Part 1, 2nd Edition - Edward Doty through Edward2 and John2, by Peter B Hill (2009)
  • Volume 11, Part 2 - Edward Doty through Thomas2, Samuel2, Desire2, and Elizabeth2, by Peter B Hill (1996)
  • Volume 11, Part 3 - Edward Doty through Isaac2, Joseph2, and Mary2, by Peter B Hill (2000)
HOWLAND, JOHN – The Mayflower Families series goes hand in hand with the John Howland of the Mayflower series published by Picton Press. John Howland and his wife had 10 children. The four John Howland of the Mayflower volumes cover the oldest four children through five generations, Desire, John, Hope, and Elizabeth. Mayflower Families researchers continued with subsequent children; however the organization of the volumes is slightly changed. Volume 23, Part 1 covers the first four generations of the remaining six children. Part 2 then goes on to the 5th generation of his daughters, Lydia and Hannah. Part 3 goes to the 5th generation of his sons Joseph and Jabez. A 5th generation book for descendants of Ruth and Isaac is in progress.
  • Volume 23, Part 1 - John Howland 4 generations naming 5th through Lydia2, Hannah2, Joseph2, Jabez2, Ruth2, and Isaac2 Howland; compiled by Ann Smith Lainhart and Robert S Wakefield, FASG (2006)
  • Volume 23, Part 2 - John Howland 5th generation descendants through Lydia2 and Hannah2 Howland; compiled by Ann Smith Lainhart and Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG (2010)
  • Volume 23, Part 3 - John Howland 5th and 6th generations through Joseph2 and Jabez2 Howland; compiled by Ann Smith Lainhart and Jane Fletcher Fiske, FASG (2012)
  • John Howland of The Mayflower; by Elizabeth Pearson White, CG, FASG, FNSG; published by Picton Press. All volumes cover 5 generations.
  • Volume 1 through Desire2 Howland (1990)
  • Volume 2 through John2 Howland (1993)
  • Volume 3 through Hope2 Howland (2008)
  • Volume 4 through Elizabeth2 Howland (2008)
SAMSON, HENRY - The three volume set for Henry Samson covers the first four generations in the first volume and then divides his children into two subsequent parts. His daughter Mary and son John did not leave descendants.
  • Volume 20, Part 1 - Henry Samson 4 generations naming 5th descendants of Lydia2, Hannah2, Joseph2, Jabez2, Ruth2, and Isaac2; orig. by Robert M Sherman, FASG and Ruth W Sherman, FASG; edited by Robert S Wakefield, FASG (2000)
  • Volume 20, Part 2 - Henry Samson 5th generation descendants of James2, Dorcas2 daughter2, Hannah2, and Elizabeth2; compiled by Jane Fiske, FASG (2005)
  • Volume 20, Part 3 - Henry Samson 5th generation descendants of Stephen2 and Caleb2; compiled by Jane Fiske, FASG (2006)
SOULE, GEORGE – The original silver Volume 3, published in 1981, covered the descendants of George Soule through five generations naming the 6th. A decision was made to use the soft cover pink “in progress” series to replace that volume until further research was completed. This Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP) series starts with a volume covering the first four generations, and is now in its 7th edition. The 5th generation naming the 6th is covered in subsequent parts as seen below. Not all children have been completed. The books completed to date cover the 5th generation of: John2 #230 to #451; Nathaniel2 #452 to #503; George2 #504 to #636; and Susannah2 #637 to #763.
  • George Soule 4 generations, 7th ed.; originally compiled by John E Soule and Milton E Terry; Rev. by Robert S Wakefield, FASG and Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2015)
  • George Soule, Part 1 5th and 6th generation descendants; family numbers 230-349; compiled by Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2000)
  • George Soule, Part 2 5th and 6th generation descendants; family numbers 350-464; compiled by Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2002)
  • George Soule, Part 3 5th and 6th generation descendants; family numbers 465-551; compiled by Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2003)
  • George Soule, Part 4 5th and 6th generation descendants; family numbers 552-636; compiled by Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2005)
  • George Soule, Part 5 5th and 6th generation descendants; family numbers 637-763; compiled by Louise Walsh Throop, MBA (2005)
WARREN, RICHARD - This three volume set is organized with Part 1 as the first four generations of the family, with the exception of Sarah2 Warren. Her children and subsequent generations are covered in Volume 12, Francis Cooke. Part 2 covers the 5th generation of the four oldest children and Part 3 covers the 5th generation of the remaining three children.
  • Volume 18, Part 1, 3rd Edition - Richard Warren 4 generations naming 5th; compiled by Robert S Wakefield, FASG; edited by Judith H Swan (2004)
  • Volume 18, Part 2 - Richard Warren 5th generation descendants of Mary2, Anna2, and Elizabeth2 Warren; compiled by Robert S Wakefield, FASG, revised by Jane Fletcher Fiske (2011)
  • Volume 18, Part 3 - Richard Warren 5th generation descendants of Abigail2, Nathaniel2, and Joseph2 Warren; compiled by Robert S Wakefield, FASG (2001)
Note: The Silver Book series has superseded the soft cover MFIP books in all cases except Soule and Brewster. Volumes 1 (1975) and 2 (1978) of the Silver books have been superseded by the individual volumes for each of the ancestors that were grouped into those books. Volume 3, Soule, has been replaced by the MFIP series, except in the case of 5th generation descendants who have not yet been covered in a part of the MFIP series. Volume 21, John Billington, replaces the original portion of Volume 5 for that Pilgrim, so Volume 5 should only be used for Edward Winslow. A general note should be made that there are many overlapping families among the Pilgrim descendants. It was up to each individual author of the Silver Books if they would cover a family that was already covered in another volume or simply make a note to see another volume.

Alphabetical List of Books by Pilgrim last name

Alden - John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 1
Alden - John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 2
Alden - John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 3
Alden - John Alden, Vol. 16, Part 4
Allerton - Isaac Allerton, Vol. 17
Billington - John Billington, Vol. 21
Bradford - William Bradford, Vol. 22
Brown - Peter Brown, Vol. 7
Brewster - William Brewster, Vol. 24
Brewster - William Brewster, Jonathan2, MFIP
Brewster - William Brewster, Love2, MFIP
Brewster - William Brewster, Patience2, MFIP
Chilton/More - James Chilton, Vol. 15
Cooke - Francis Cooke, Vol. 12
Doty - Edward Doty, Vol 11, Part 1
Doty - Edward Doty, Vol 11, Part 2
Doty - Edward Doty, Vol 11, Part 3
Eaton - Francis Eaton, Vol. 9
Fuller, E. - Edward Fuller, Vol. 4
Fuller, S. - Samuel Fuller, Vol. 10
Hopkins - Stephen Hopkins, Vol. 6 [temporarily out of stock]
Howland - John Howland, Vol. 23, Part 1
Howland - John Howland, Vol. 23, Part 2
Howland - John Howland, Vol. 23, Part 3
Howland - John Howland, JHMF Vol. 1 (Picton)
Howland - John Howland, JHMF Vol. 2 (Picton)
Howland - John Howland, JHMF Vol. 3 (Picton)
Howland - John Howland, JHMF Vol. 4 (Picton)
Priest - Degory Priest, Vol. 8
Rogers - Thomas Rogers, Vol. 19
Samson - Henry Samson, Vol. 20, Part 1
Samson - Henry Samson, Vol. 20, Part 2
Samson - Henry Samson, Vol. 20, Part 3
Soule - George Soule, Four Generations
Soule - George Soule, Gens 5 and 6, Part 1
Soule - George Soule, Gens 5 and 6, Part 2
Soule - George Soule, Gens 5 and 6, Part 3
Soule - George Soule, Gens 5 and 6, Part 4
Soule - George Soule, Gens 5 and 6, Part 5
Standish, - Myles Standish, Vol. 14
Warren - Richard Warren, Vol. 18, Part 1
Warren - Richard Warren, Vol. 18, Part 2
Warren - Richard Warren, Vol. 18, Part 3
White - William White, Vol. 13
Winslow - Edward Winslow, Vol. 5

Books by Volume number

Vol. 1 superseded / no longer in use
Vol. 2 superseded / no longer in use
Vol. 3 superseded (see note in guide regarding Soule)
Vol. 4 Edward Fuller
Vol. 5 Edward Winslow (see Vol. 21 for Billington)
Vol. 6 Stephen Hopkins [temporarily out of stock]
Vol. 7 Peter Brown
Vol. 8 Degory Priest
Vol. 9 Francis Eaton
Vol. 10 Samuel Fuller
Vol. 11 Edward Doty, Part 1
Vol. 11 Edward Doty, Part 2
Vol. 11 Edward Doty, Part 3
Vol. 12 Francis Cooke
Vol. 13 William White
Vol. 14 Myles Standish
Vol. 15 James Chilton/Richard More
Vol. 16 John Alden, Part 1
Vol. 16 John Alden, Part 2
Vol. 16 John Alden, Part 3
Vol. 16 John Alden, Part 4
Vol. 17 Isaac Allerton
Vol. 18 Richard Warren, Part 1
Vol. 18 Richard Warren, Part 2
Vol. 18 Richard Warren, Part 3
Vol. 19 Thomas Rogers
Vol. 20 Henry Samson, Part 1
Vol. 20 Henry Samson, Part 2
Vol. 20 Henry Samson, Part 3
Vol. 21 John Billingon
Vol. 22 William Bradford
Vol. 23 John Howland, Part 1
Vol. 23 John Howland, Part 2
Vol. 23 John Howland, Part 3
Vol. 23 John Howland, Desire2 (Picton)
Vol. 23 John Howland, John2 (Picton)
Vol. 23 John Howland, Hope2 (Picton)
Vol. 23 John Howland, Elizabeth2 (Picton)
Vol. 24 William Brewster
Vol. 24 William Brewster, MFIP, Jonathan2
Vol. 24 William Brewster, MFIP, Love2
Vol. 24 William Brewster, MFIP, Patience2
George Soule, MFIP, Four Generations
George Soule, MFIP, 5th and 6th Gens, Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5