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Short for "The Genealogy, History and Alliances of the American House of Delano, 1621-1899", the GHAAHD is a comprehensive history of the Delano family in America beginning with the arrival of Philip Delano on the ship Fortune in 1621.

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Officially titled "Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England", transcribed and edited by Jeremy Dupertuis Bangs, these volumes contain the Deeds records from the Plymouth Colony from 1651 to 1671. The Delano Kindred is fortunate to have permission from Dr. Bangs to post these copyrighted volumes for online reference only; any effort to copy or download these volumes from this site will constitute a copyright violation. From Dr. Bangs' Preface:

Plymouth Colony's records are extraordinarily complete, covering many aspects of seventeenth-century colonial life. Despite this wealth of potential information, nearly half the official records of Plymouth Colony have never been published. Twelve volumes of Plymouth Colony's court records were transcribed and edited by Nathaniel Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, published in a series that was “printed by order of the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts,” from 1855 to 1861. The published volumes comprise Court Orders (vols. 1-6), Judicial Acts (vol. 7), Miscellaneous Records (vol. 8), Acts of the Commissioners of the United Colonies (vols. 9, 10), Laws (vol. 11), and Deeds (vol. 12). The final volume’s title was “DEEDS, &c. VOL. I. 1620-1651. BOOK OF INDIAN RECORDS FOR THEIR LANDS.” The Civil War interrupted the project, leaving 11 volumes of manuscripts still unpublished, continuing the "Deeds" material.

My transcription was made ca. 1998-2000. A generous grant from the Delano Kindred, together with additional funds from the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum Foundation, supported the indexing work, carried out by Sarah Moine, 2015-2016.

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