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The earliest known effort to compile Nye family genealogy was made by Cape Codders Calvin B. Nye (12181-43) and Charles H. Nye (12183-82) in the late 1800s. Together they worked on a chart of their ancestors, the descendants of John and Ebenezer, early settlers of North Falmouth, MA. Later Charles conceived the idea of creating a family organization and holding reunions, the first of which was held in 1903.

At the first reunion businessman George Hyatt Nye (12175-113) of Auburn, NY read a paper on Nye genealogy and notable family figures, which was received with great enthusiasm. Later he hired Chicago genealogist Frank E. Best to compile data. Edited by David Fisher Nye (14638-621) of Elyria, Ohio, their work, A Genealogy of the Nye Family was published by the Nye Family Association in 1907.

In the 1960s the original volume was re-printed by the Association, and R. Glen Nye of San Diego (17951-22(10)6) compiled Volume II, bringing the genealogy up-to-date. L. Bert Nye, Jr. (14(13)54-(10)52) of Shallot, NC took over from Glen, and he produced revisions of Vols. I and II, called American Nyes of English Origin. These books are currently available from our association (see the “Online Shopping” section on this website. Bert also produced a genealogy of German Nyes, which is no longer available.

In 2007 a booklet was published which describes the effort to correct errors made in the 1907 genealogy. Origins of Benjamin1 Nye: Examining the Sources by Ian Hilder, George R. Nye and Jonathan A. Shaw is described below.

At the present time Nye Association president and genealogist Judy Hendy continues to compile and correct family data, aided by computer,, and other resources.

Information Wanted!

The Nye Family of America, Inc. is interested in gathering information on all NYES and their families in the United States. This includes the descendants of Benjamin NYE, the American NYEs of German origin, and all other NYEs who have come from Canada, Great Britain, Europe, etc.

See link to Family Data Form to be completed and sent to the Nye Family Association at P.O. Box 134 East Sandwich MA 02537 or email This information is made available in conjunction with to anyone tracing their families and is to be used as a basis for further research rather than proof of individual facts. Although all information is entered in the NYE data bank, no information is made public for any living individual under 75 years of age!

How To Use the Nye Genealogies

You folks just beginning your research may like an explanation of the numbers used with Nye Family names in Volumes I and II of American Nyes of English Origin. Actually, those numbers represent your ancestors back to Benjamin Nye, the immigrant. You will notice that every number starts with the number 1 which represents that original Benjamin. If the number starts with 2, then that ancestor goes back to another English Nye, Thomas Nye.

Using the number 14826-11 as an example, the information provided is the following:

1 represents Benjamin,

4 represents his fourth child Jonathan Nye,

8 represents Jonathan's eighth child Joseph Nye,

2 represents Joseph's second child Sylvanus Nye, and

6 represents Sylvanus's sixth child Samuel Nye.

The hyphen is used between each group of five generations for clarity. The next number 1 represents Samuel's first child Samuel Nye, and the next 1 represents Samuel's first child Rosa Sears Nye.

We currently have descendants using 12 and 13 numbers, and I am sure there are little ones out there now who fall in the No. 14 category!

Julia (Judy) Hendy, genealogist


By Ian Hilder, George R. Nye, Jonathan A. Shaw

A booklet published in 2007 by the Nye Family of America Association, Inc.

For some years, several Nye family researchers were concerned about inconsistencies found with the information published on the ancestral line of Benjamin1, in A Genealogy of the Nye Family (1907) by George H. Nye and Frank E. Best. To address these concerns, in 2001 The Nye Family of America Association hired English genealogist Ian Hilder to examine all available records that might shed light on the English origins of Benjamin Nye. He collaborated with Association members George R. Nye and Jonathan A. Shaw. The results of their careful research were published in two articles in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 2004 and 2005.

The basic conclusion: the 1907 research did have some errors, and key references were unsupported by evidence. Benjamin’s ancestry could not be confirmed, including the claimed Danish roots. For this reason the Nye Family Association ceased the sale of merchandise that featured the Danish coat-of-arms.

We encourage researchers to obtain the booklet, which also contains a summary of what we know about the life of Benjamin1 Nye after he came to New England. It can be purchased for $3 at the museum or through this website. Free copies are provided to purchasers of American Nyes of English Origin Volumes I (1978) and II (1980), by L. Bert Nye, Jr. 

This chart of North Falmouth Nye descendants compiled by Calvin B. Nye and Nye Family Association founder Charles H. Nye in the late 1800s. Evidently multiple copies were professionally printed. Our two copies were donated by North Falmouth descendant

Mary F. Latimer (1918-1998)


Our resident genealogist is Julia Hendy. 

Please write to her with requests for information. . There is currently no charge to members who are in good standing with their dues.