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Farmer, John, 1789-1838

 

Dates

  • Existence: 1789 - 1838

John Farmer was born on June 12, 1789 in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Farmer is considered the founder of systematic genealogy in America. In 1819, he was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In the 1820s, he and fellow antiquarians began to produce genealogical and antiquarian tracts in earnest, slowly gaining a devoted audience among the American people. Though Farmer died in 1839, his efforts led to the creation of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, which publishes the New England Historical and Genealogical Register. The society is one of New England's oldest and most prominent organizations dedicated to the acquisition, preservation, and dissemination of public records and private monuments that would otherwise have decayed and been forgotten.

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John Farmer diary

MS-388
 Collection
Identifier: MS-388
Overview John Farmer (1789-1838), historian and genealogist. The collection contains his diaries with records of weather observations (1806-1838), notes of daily events and list of correspondents (1823-1838).