Best On-line Genealogy of the New England Dyer Family
Frank Dyer’s at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dyer/”. Frank was careful and thorough. If you want to confirm a line or see where you might fit, here’s the place to begin. Thank you, Frank.
Best Mary Dyer blog
Christy Robinson administers and authors a Mary Dyer blog that is a popular and frequently updated forum on the historical and cultural background of William and Mary Dyer. http://www.marybarrettdyer.blogspot.com.
Best English Primary Research Links
I’m constantly amazed at what’s available in various English archives—literally millions of records. Of course the problem is that the vast majority of them are neither catalogued nor indexed at any level of detail as to be readily accessible and useful for the researcher. That means there’s no way around picking your collections thoughtfully and then sifting the dross for the gold. The good news is that more and more of these records are now becoming available on line. Here are a few favorites.
The British National Archives offers a search of its extensive holdings, mostly via catalog records, but sometimes via abstracts that provide greater detail. The DocumentsOnline search allows you to access records whose images have been digitized—such as all Prerogative Court of Canterbury wills from 1384 to 1858—and then download the image for a modest fee. Additionally, this site serves as a portal to the Access to Archives (A2A) site that catalogs a vast number of records from other archives all over England.
British History Online is a digital library containing some of the core primary and secondary printed works for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Includes calendars of state papers, local histories, court and tax records, and such gems as the papers of John Thurloe, who ran Cromwell’s secret service during the Interregnum. Most access is free, but some is by subscription.
Genealogy for the United Kingdom and Ireland (GENUKI) is a vast web site for UK and Ireland genealogy. The site allows you to drill down to county and parish-level localities and then obtain information about those localities and their records, or even access transcriptions of some of the records themselves. GENUKI is run by volunteer web masters and depends on contributions from its readers to provide the content.
British Origins is a pay-for-use site providing lists and abstracts of many primary sources, including many held and indexed by the Society of Genealogists. Examples of records held include Boyd’s Inhabitants of London, London Apprenticeship Abstracts, Somerset & Dorset Note and Queries, and Census Indices. Many of the records are post-1700 and many are quite incomplete (for example, the London Apprenticeship records are for only the minor guilds, not the twelve major livery companies).
FindMyPast is another subscription site strong on English primary source records. They have acquired some of the material that British Origins used to carry, such as London apprenticeship records. Since their subscription service is not inexpensive, I suggest you work up all your research notes, take out a one-month subscription, and then work like the dickens to get through all your research in that month. Then remember to cancel your automatically renewing subscription.
Brian Jarvis has written a play about the life of Mary Dyer, She Died Twice. It is available on-line at http://www.she-died-twice.co.uk/play.htm.