Scope and arrangement
The genealogical research compiled by Lora Little and Henry Boynton Ferris lineage related to their investigation of the Ferris Family includes family data sheets, research notes, and photographs, as well as correspondence from distant relations, fellow genealogists, town clerks and other recordkeepers. Some correspondence from the 1860s, which was forwarded to Little in the course of her project, represents attempts by earlier generations of Ferris' to trace the family genealogy.
In 1966 Western Reserve Historical Society genealogist Harriet Scofield undertook a comprehensive exploration of the tangled lines of the Ferris family and published her findings in the "New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Record" in her article |The Six Ferris Brothers and Their Families.| "[T]his is not my own family at all," Scofield noted in a 1966 letter to a NYGB editor, "but just one where the problems and mix-ups intrigued me." In preparation for her article, Scofield reviewed the Ferris Family Genealogical Research papers, than housed at the NYGB, and arranged and annoted the research notes and correspondence. Scofield explains her methods in a letter that accompanied the draft of her article (box 1, folder 1). Throughout the collection, Scofield's arrangement scheme and annotations have been preserved.
The Ferris family genealogical research papers are arranged in three series:
Harriet Scofield's article on the Ferris family along with her correspondence with New York Biographical and Genealogical Society staff precedes the data sheets.
Notable materials include Little's application to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the sheet music for a composition she wrote.
This series consist chiefly of correspondence received by Little and Henry Boynton Ferris related to their research. Some correspondence from the 1860s, which was forwarded to Little my her Ferris relations, represents attempts by earlier generations of Ferris' to trace the family genealogy. The numbering scheme and annotations are transcribed from Harriet Scofield's original titles.