"[T]he wrong-doing of one generation lives into the successive ones."
--Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The House of the Seven Gables"
County of Franklin, Mass. (USDA-NRCS Photo)
Bloodlines of Salem is the place where visitors share ideas and information about the Salem Witch Trials and the other heretical and witch trials that were held in colonial Massachusetts, its participants and their families. We have researched and proved our descents from or relationships with one or more of the participants.
The trials unfolded more than three centuries ago and continue to figure prominently in the studies of history, law and religion. As amateur and professional Salemologists, however, our study of the trials isn't limited to our lineages.
While the facts about our infamous ancestors might be the focus of our work, it's the celebration of their memories and mysteries that continue to fascinate new generations of their families and the public.
We welcome you to explore with us.
Salemology \sey'-luhm-ol'-uh-jee\, n., 1. [-ologies, pl.] The study of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, 2. [-ologist, n.] A person who practices Salemology, 3. [-ological, adj.; -ologically, adv.] Of or relating to Salemology, 4. [-ologize, v.] To explain in Salemological terms.
--Chris Chirokas, "Francis Cooke Society Newsletter"
"Framingham's Salem's End, now known as Salem End Road, was founded by
'refugees' of the Salem Witch Trials. [T]hey and their descendants made significant
contributions to the history of Framingham. Like other such groups, Bloodlines of Salem
will promote better understanding of the trials and its participants."
--Debra Cleveland, "Framingham (Mass.) Online News"
"David Nelson has created a very attractive as well as
interesting web site about the Salem Witch Trials. Great site!"
--Dick Eastman, "Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter"
"Thank you so much for your support...."
--Katherine Howe, author of "The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane"
"I also received invaluable support, encouragement and assistance on this
project from ... David Nelson ... and many others. To all of these, I am forever grateful."
--Lawrence "Larry" Kestenbaum, "The Political Graveyard"
"If you study the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, you might be referred to as a 'Salemologist'
which is exactly what the folks behind Bloodlines of Salem are. This website aims to be
the definitive online-information source regarding the history, trials and family lineage of
those involved. Highly recommended for all morbid history buffs."
--Monica S. Kuebler, "Rue Morgue"
"The Salem Witch Trials have always been fascinating to me.
Whether you have an ancestral connection to this period ... or
a fascination with it, this website informs and reminds us."
--Diane L. Richard, M.B.A., APG, "Internet Genealogy"
"Many people gave tangible help and assistance while I worked on this book. I owe
a particular debt of gratitude to the many people who read this work in draft stage and
made valuable additions, corrections, and suggestions, especially ... David Nelson."
--Douglas Richardson, "Plantagenet Ancestry: A Study in Medieval and Colonial Families"
"Researcher David Nelson ... found actor Tom Felton is descended from convicts
hanged during the notorious Salem witch trials in 1692. Another distant relative of his
is Lt Nathaniel Felton, who was a defence witness in the trial sparked by two young girls
suffering fits and mysterious illnesses in Salem, Massachusetts."
--Thomas Whitaker, "The (London) Sun"
"I came across an interesting site called the Bloodlines of Salem about the families,
names and goings on that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s during what
has become known as the Salem Witch Hunts or Salem Witch Trials. Anyone with an interest in
history, witches and what I would describe as mass
hysteria, will find this interesting."