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 court).
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.