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I. How to read this genealogy.
This genealogy is in the form of an outline where each
entry in the outline contains biographical information
about an individual. Each individual's children are listed
on the next level of the outline below and to the right of
the entry for that individual. An individual's
grandchildren are shown two levels below that individual,
grouped under the grandchildren's parents. Thus the
outline continues, going down and to the right one level
for each generation.
Each biographical entry begins with the person's name,
surname first, followed by his birth date and birth place
if they are known. Surnames are always given in capital
letters. When a father has more than one wife, the mother
is indicated after the child's name as "by 1", "by 2", etc.
Whenever an event like birth, marriage, a move, or death is
listed it is followed by the date and place if known, the
date preceding the place. Dates are always given in
YYYY/MM/DD format, with < meaning before and > meaning
after. If the day or the day and month are not known, they
are omitted. For example the death of Edward Doty's fourth
son, Samuel, is given as 1715>9/18<11/8, which means in the
year 1715 after September 18 (when he signed his will) and
before November 8 (when the will was submitted to the
This genealogy does not abbreviate born with a b. as many
genealogies do; the date and place following a person's
name is always the date and place of birth. Other
abbreviations are as follows:
c. stands for circa, around, or about.
d. stands for died.
m. or m1., m2., etc. stands for married, or married
first, married second, etc.
p. stands for page.
prob. stands for probably.
r. stands for removed or resided.
v. stands for volume.
References are given in parentheses, each source is
represented by one to three captal letters, which can be
looked up in the list of references. Two of the major
references are Ethan Allen Doty's "The Doty-Doten Family in
America", represented by a single D followed by either the
number he assigns to each Doty descendant or a page number,
and the Pilgrim Edward Doty Society's "Descendants of
Edward Doty, Mayflower Passenger", represented by PED
followed by a volume and page number.