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Genealogy of the Gentry Family

With primary emphasis on Gentrys of the United States and in particular the descendants of Nicholas Gentry of Totopotomoy Creek, Virginia.

WELCOME to the "Journal of Gentry Genealogy". This journal comprises a collection of articles relating to the family of Nicholas Gentry, who emigrated from England to settle on the banks of Totopotomoy Creek in what was then New Kent County, Virginia, in the latter half of the seventeenth century. The journal attempts to fill a niche that is not satisfied by any of the normal genealogy-related websites on the Internet.

An initial series of articles was written over a span of three years on a monthly schedule, ending with a final issue dated January 2004. A new series of articles published on an irregular schedule began with the February 2004 issue and may continue for some undetermined period into the future. With the exception of articles written by other authors and identified as such, the editor takes full responsibility for the contents of the Journal of Gentry Genealogy.

At the time each article was written, it represented the best thinking of the editor at the time. As time has passed, material published in early articles has been shown to be incomplete or in error in various ways. Changes in conclusions by the editor of the Journal as to Gentry family relationships have resulted in there being a number of statements in earlier issues of the Journal that the editor now considers to be wrong. From time to time these articles have been revised resulting in issues identified by a specific volume and issue number that no longer read the same as the original article. The editor feels it is more important that these issues, which may be used to assist other genealogists in tracing their Gentry families, be as correct as possible for future readers. Articles which have been revised will be identified as such in the indexes, with the date of revision.

Warning. The reader is asked to take into account that there may not have been an opportunity to implement all of these revisions and should interpret articles accordingly.

The journal articles, either in original or revised form, will continue to be maintained in archive form on this website for the forseeable future. The Google search capability together with the indexes provided below for the successive volumes of the journal give readers the ability to freely access any issue for reading and/or downloading. All rights to the articles as written are reserved. Articles may be reproduced in whole or in part for non-commercial purposes provided that proper attribution (including author and journal name) are included.

Our goal has been and continues to be:

1) To concentrate specifically on the genealogy of the Gentry family beginning with its origins in the British colonies in North America in the 1600's with emphasis on the period before 1860; and to provide a repository for references applying specifically to this family in general and to individual ancestral members.

2) The journal does not intend to compete in any way with family websites that list ancestors and/or descendants for specific families. The emphasis has been on the sources of the evidence for family data and how they relate to the broader picture of the Gentry family as a whole.

3) The editor will continue to welcome communications from readers that might clarify or correct portions of individual articles. The editor is willing to provide whatever assistance he can to readers in their efforts to resolve individual problems. But in doing so, be aware that the editor has primarily concentrated on the period before and including 1860 and such assistance in most cases will be limited to this period of time.

W. M. Gentry, Editor

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