This work set the standard and was commonly referred to as the Babb Bible. Ina Mansur had passed away between Jean’s first work Babb Families of New England — And Beyond in 1987. So, Jean updated her work with all that she had learned in the ensuing 7 years.
This book remains largely intact, with only a few significant errors discovered between this and the 3rd Edition which came out in 2000. The 2nd Edition was a commercial success and having run out of copies she made corrections and did a fresh edition. But didn’t repaginate the book to avoid doing the index all over again. You may recall that she did not use a computer, so it was a heady task.
The third edition is virtually identical to this edition for those reasons.
As I mentioned, she famously shunned computers, never had an email address and did all her work on an Electric Typewriter. 99% of her work checked out and it would be 5 more years before I was able to begin stepping out of her shadow and making major discoveries of my own.
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