The Alden Kin Search Project
General Genealogy Information
How to Use this CD - Genealogical Information
This is the Alden Family Database for Eight
Generations, 2006 Edition.
The information on this CD was gathered from many sources,
beginning with the records of the Alden Kindred of America, Inc., the
family organization of Alden descendants.
Much additional data has been submitted by researchers, while other
data has been gathered from library, field, and Internet sources (see "Notes
and Citations" below). This database is a work in progress. Accuracy of the information contained in the database is
not guaranteed. Research
is ongoing to authenticate sources and to update and correct errors.
Corrections and additions will be posted on our website and
incorporated into future editions of the database.
NOTE: In 2003 an earlier version of this database was posted on
the Alden Kindred website. Thousands of additions and corrections were submitted
by researchers. This information is being integrated into the database as
time permits, but the 2006 version includes only a fraction of the
revisions submitted. If you
submitted additions or corrections to the 2003 version of the database but
they are not included in the 2006 version, please be patient as all
revisions will eventually be incorporated into the master database.
An abbreviated version of the Eight Generation database is posted on
our website at www.alden.org, but does
not contain Notes, Citations, or the GEDCOM file.
An abbreviated version of the Eight Generation database is posted on our website at www.alden.org, but does not contain Notes, Citations, or the GEDCOM file.
The information on this CD covers only the first eight generations of descendants of John and Priscilla Alden. Information on generations later than the eighth does not appear on this CD on or the website for reasons of privacy. Individuals in the first eight generations will generally have been born prior to 1900.
The Alden Family Database for Eight Generations, 2003 Edition is intended to be used as a finding aid for information on Alden descendants. You can access the information in several ways. Begin by reading the instructions "Working with the GEDCOM Database" and "Working with the HTML Files" to familiarize yourself with the two versions of information on this CD.
You can choose to trace your line beginning with John Alden and follow the links forward through each generation. Or you can choose to locate an individual in any generation of your line (through the eighth) by using the Surname List to choose the surname of the individual you are looking for, and then the Name List to choose their first name, which will take you to their individual page. Remember to be patient –the CD may be slow because of the large amount of information on the disk and/or your computer’s processor speed.
You can also use the Surname and Name lists if you want to find out if a person is an Alden descendant. Once a name is found, the lineage back to John and Priscilla can be easily followed using the links. Once a line has been determined, additional details on sources and citations may be obtained from the Alden Kindred Genealogist (see below) (a fee may apply for copies, printouts, and services). See also “How can I join or learn more about the Alden Kindred?
Information on individuals in the database
includes (when known) dates and places of birth, baptism, marriage, death,
Notes and Citations (footnotes) contain limited
details about the sources for this information. Eventually, our goal is to include full, accurate citations
to all information in the database, but this will involve a great deal of
time and effort. In the
meantime, we provide cross references to information in the Alden Kindred
lineage files and other sources.
As you go through the information, you may have further information you can provide or you may find conflicts with the information you have. Go to www.alden.org/genealogy/submitform.htm (you will need to be connected to the internet for this) and follow the instructions there. To help us maintain high standards of accuracy, we ask that you carefully enter and document your information. Information may be submitted electronically in standard GEDCOM format (email if a small file, diskette, or CD) or by regular mail. If you submit a GEDCOM file, please submit ONLY descendants of John and Priscilla - not your entire file.
Following is the list of the types of documentation that are acceptable to prove lineages for membership in the Alden Kindred of America, Inc. This list is also sent to all applicants by the Genealogist.
Primary Records: made at the time of the event or by a reliable witness to the event:
Published genealogies and histories that provide references are preferred. Examples of these types of works include works published by the Mayflower Society -- The Mayflower Descendant, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations, Mayflower Families in Progress – and scholarly genealogical publications – The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, The American Genealogist, etc. Except for the above, a photocopy of the title page of each book must be included.
Works without references: Any published work that does not give the sources for its statements must be supported by at least one primary document per generation confirming the line. A photocopy of the title page of each book must be included.
Internet sources: Photocopies or printouts from the Internet are secondary and must include identification of the source. Pedigrees and unsupported material posted on the Internet are not acceptable.
Circumstantial Evidence may be considered only when the applicant demonstrates that all reasonable attempts to locate primary evidence have been exhausted.
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