Below is a table of the books and their microfilms The New Early Settlers refers to, the books of the period 1633-1681 entitled "Patents" and one of 1681-1685 entitled "Warrants." The microfilms can be ordered from the Maryland State Archives. The original books before 1658 are gone, but their transcripts, made about 1725, survive. For most of the rest of the period the Archives' has both transcripts and originals. As the transcripts are mostly accurate and the handwriting of the 1720s is easier to read than that of the mid-seventeenth century, the reader is advised to use the transcripts. The earliest spelling of a name, whether in an original record or in a transcript, is taken as the norm. When a spelling in a transcript differs from a spelling in the original record, it is retained in parentheses.
Every entry comprises a name, remarks, and at least one reference, including a microfilm number. This reference, right under the name, is to the earliest original record if there is an original record, or if there is not, to the earliest transcript. Most entries include additional references, right under remarks, labeled “Original” or “Transcript.” All these references are related to one another both by the table and by the pagination of the transcripts. The table shows which transcripts are of which originals. The transcripts have their own page numbers at the tops of the pages and, most of them, the page numbers of the originals in the margins.
The dates of this period are of the Julian calendar, which Great Britain and its colonies used until 1752. According to it, the old year ended on the 24th of March and the new year began on the 25th. So instead of being the first months of the year, January and February were the last. (Though most of March also was at the end of the old year, it was considered the first month of the new.) To put it another way, October, November, and December of, say, 1634, came before January, February, and most of March of 1634.
The dates of only a few transportations and times of service are stated in the records. The dates of most are known only from the dates of the records they are in; that is, all that is known is that they occurred by these dates. This distinction is not hair-splitting. If, for instance, one entry for Charles Aldridge says he was transported in 1661 and another says in 1669, there must be two Charles Aldridges. But if the two entries say by 1661 and by 1669, there may be but one. Whereas Early Settlers does not observe this distinction, The New Early Settlers does.
In these records “transport” means pay for the transportation of. Most settlers were transported by somebody else. A few transported themselves. Early Settlers uses “immigrated” - a term not used in the records - to mean transported himself. The New Early Settlers uses "transported himself."
|1640-1658||1 (of F & B)||1724||SR 7341|
|1637-1651||2 (of Z & A)||1725||SR 7342|
|1647-1658||3 (of A & B)||1726||SR 7343|
|1646-1657||AB&H (of A,F,H, & L)||1717||SR 7344|
|1658||Qo||SR 8198||Q (of Qo)||[nd]||SR 7345|
|1659-1663||R||SR 8199||4 (of R & X)||1725||SR 7346|
|1661-1664||AA||SR 8200||5 (of X & AA)||1725||SR 7347|
|1663-1664||AA||SR 8200||6 (of AA)||1726||SR 7348|
|1664-1665||CC||SR 8201||7 (of CC)||1725||SR 7349|
|1665||DD||SR 8202||8 (of CC & DD)||1726||SR 7350|
|1666||EE||SR 8203||9 (of EE)||1726||SR 7351|
|1666-1667||FF||SR 8204||10 (of FF & GG)||1725||SR 7352|
|1667-1668||GG||SR 8205||11 (of GG)||1725||SR 7353|
|1668-1669||HH||SR 8206||12 (of HH & JJ)||1725||SR 7354|
|1668-1671||JJ||SR 8207||13 (of JJ)||1726||SR 7355|
|1669-1672||KK||SR 8208||14 (of KK)||1726||SR 7356|
|1670-1673||WT||SR 7547||16 (of WT)||1726||SR 7357|
|1673-1679||LL||SR 7548||15 (of LL)||1726||SR 4327|
|1670-1675||17 (of WT & MM)||[nd]||SR 7358|
|1672-1675||18 (of MM)||1726||SR 7359|
|1675-1680||WC||SR 7549||19 (of WC)||1726||SR 7360|
|20 (of WC)||1727||SR 7361|
|1678-1681||WC3||SR 7550||21 (of WC3 & WC5)||1726||SR 7362|
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