CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI DATABASE (ACAD) contains biographical details of those identified as academically associated with the University of Cambridge, from about 1200 to 1900. We also have added information from Newnham and Girton Colleges so that women are also included as women were not represented in the University until the 1860s.

MASSACHUSETTS HISTORICAL SOCIETY was founded in 1791 and is an invaluable resource for American history, life, and culture. Its extraordinary collections tell the story of America through millions of rare and unique documents, artifacts, and irreplaceable national treasures. The ability to search the collections of MHS ABIGAIL online has been very helpful in my research.

NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY has an award-winning website and online repository of more than 200 million items. This resource has proven extremely valuable in my research and features the ability to download information. The NEHGS is the country’s leading resource for family history research. They help genealogists of all skill levels search their family and improve their knowledge.


ANDERSON, ROBERT CHARLES – is an American genealogist and heads the Great Migration Study Project. Since 1989, he has been an editorial consultant to The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Anderson’s work has been a source of inspiration and I have borrowed heavily from it. His work, The Great Migration Dictionary: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1640 A Concise Compendium, is one of the most important genealogical and historical sources ever published for New England. I am greatly indebted to this work by Robert Charles Anderson.

THOMPSON, PISHEY ( 1784-1862) – is the author of The History and Antiquities of Boston and the Villages of Skirbeck, Fishtoft, Freiston, Butterwick, Bennington, Leverton, Leake, and Wrangle, comprising the Hundred of Skirbeck in the County of Lincoln that was published in 1856. Pishey Thompson’s work has provided me invaluable insight into 17th century Boston, Lincolnshire, and its surrounding villages. From 1819 to 1846, he lived in Washington D.C. where he worked as a publisher and bookseller.

VENN, JOHN, and his son, compiled a biographical register of former members of the colleges of Cambridge titled, Alumni Cantabrigienses. Thankfully, the Cambridge University Library has digitized this work into a searchable online database that has proven indispensable. John Venn Sr. (1834 -1923) is the mathematician that created the Venn Diagram. He entered Gonville and Caius Collge, Cambridge, was a fellow and in 1903 was elected President of the College and held that post until his death in 1923.

VENN, JOHN ARCHIBALD, (1883-1958), the son of John Venn Sr., studied Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge and served as President of Queen’s College, Cambridge from 1932 until his death in 1958. During his tenure at Cambridge, John Jr. continued the work of his father making the Alumni Cantabrigienses the valuable resource it is today.


ALLISON, ROBERT is chairman of the history department of Suffolk University in Boston and teaches courses in American Constitutional history and the history of Boston at Harvard Extension School. He received his bachelor of liberal arts from the Harvard Extension School in 1987 and his doctorate in the history of American civilization from Harvard University in 1992. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 (2000); A Short History of Boston (2004); Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero (2005); The Boston Massacre (2006); and The Boston Tea Party (2007).

BARBIER, BROOKE received her Ph.D. in American history from Boston College. She founded and owns Ye Olde Tavern Tours, offering spirited tours of Boston’s Freedom Trail. When she’s not thinking or talking about history, she’s watching baseball, especially the Red Sox. A native of San Diego, she has resided in Boston for fifteen years. Brooke’s favorite site on the Freedom Trail is the Old State House and she recently published Boston in the American Revolution: A Town Versus an Empire.

BREMER, FRANCIS is Professor Emeritus of History at the Millersville University of Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Fordham College and his MA and Ph.D. from Columbia University, while also studying at Union Theological Seminary. He has been a visiting scholar at New York University, Oxford University, the University of Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Bremer is one of the acknowledged experts on puritanism in the Atlantic world and has published numerous articles and seventeen books on the subject. His study of John Winthrop: America’s Forgotten Founding Father (2003) was submitted for consideration for the Pulitzer Prize and won the John C. Pollock Award for Christian Biography. His recent works include Puritanism: A Very Short Introduction (2009); First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in the Atlantic World (2012) – a selection of the History Book Club; Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds (2012) – shortlisted for the New England Society in the City of New York Award for Non Fiction 2013 and the 2013 Award in Nonfiction of the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association; and Lay Empowerment and the Development of Puritanism (2015).

LAPLANT, EVE is New Englander with degrees from Princeton and Harvard, LaPlante has published articles, essays, and five nonfiction books. Seized is a narrative portrait of a common brain disorder that can alter personality, illuminating the mind-body problem and the limits of free will. American Jezebel tells the true story of LaPlante’s ancestor the colonial heretic and founding mother Anne Hutchinson. LaPlante’s second ancestor biography, Salem Witch Judge, about the 1692 judge who became an abolitionist and feminist, won the 2008 Massachusetts Book Award for Nonfiction. Her latest biography, Marmee & Louisa, a narrative portrait of Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with her mother, Abigail, was named a top ten book of the year by NPR. LaPlante collected and edited My Heart Is Boundless, the first compilation of the writings of Abigail May Alcott and a companion volume to Marmee & Louisa.

VOWELL, SARAH is an American historian, author, journalist, essayist, social commentator, and actress. Often referred to as a “social observer,” Vowell has written seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. She was a contributing editor for the radio program This American Life on Public Radio International from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She was also the voice of Violet Parr in the animated film The Incredibles and its 2018 sequel. Sarah has written for Time, Esquire, GQ, Spin, Salon, McSweeney’s, The Village Voice, and the Los Angeles Times. Sarah’s books include:Lafayette in the Somewhat United States, Assassination Vacation, Unfamiliar Fishes, The Wordy Shipmates, Radio On, Take the Cannoli and The Partly Cloudy Patriot.