Updated Index to the "Phelps Family in America"
Places, Maiden Names Add 250 Pages to Phelps Family Index
Well-known to many Phelps family researchers is the two-volume book, The Phelps Family of America and Their English Ancestors, by Judge Oliver Seymour Phelps and Andrew T. Servin.
About the Phelps Family in America Books
The books trace the descendants of primarily two immigrants, William Phelps and George Phelps, who came to America from England. Starting with the first generation on American soil, it traces the descendants through 1899, when the book was published.
(Phelps & Servin believed the original immigrants William and George to be from Tewkesbury and to be brothers. This has proven to be erroneous. Authoritative sources cite William and George's origins about 120 miles (193 km) to the south, in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. DNA research has also shown they are not related. Nonetheless, the remaining family information found in the books is invaluable to anyone researching Phelps ancestors in America.
A number of excerpts from the Phelps Family in America are available.
Updated Index Adds Value to 1899 Books
While the original books were published with an index standard for its time, the index is largely restricted to male surnames and is of limited use to many researchers. An expanded index containing place names and the maiden names of all female spouses adds a lot of value to the original volumes. The updated index is free at Updated Index to the Phelps Family in America. To get your own reprints of the original books, order The Phelps Family in America and Their English Ancestors.