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Even a hundred and forty years after publication, Savage’s four-volume set remains the starting point for most research problems in seventeenth-century New England. Savage applied his acute analytical skills to every family that he could find in the first, second and third generations of settlement.
Savage scoured every record available to him in the Boston area, and corresponded copiously with historians and genealogists all over New England in an attempt to make his compendium as complete as possible. Some correspondents were less diligent than others, so the coverage in the areas away from eastern Massachusetts can be spotty. Nevertheless, no other single source covers the first century of New England settlement so broadly.
Savage has been superseded in a limited portion of his range by the Great Migration Study Project, but that effort has at this date covered somewhat less than half of the immigrant generation, and will never cover the second and third generations in the way that Savage did.
Savage was in some ways a precursor to the Jacobus generation of genealogists, exploding myths with great gusto, and taking care not to confuse and combine in one sketch records that belong to two or more men. His sketches are often relieved by his personal comments, stemming from his Victorian political and religious sensibilities.
Summary by Robert Charles Anderson, FASG
for Archive CD Books USA