The Sprague Project

=======>  Updated on 1 October 2020

Richard E. (Dick) Weber, Developer
Albert Arnold Sprague, IV, Webmaster

The Sprague Mill, Upwey, England

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    The Sprague Project continues to grow significantly as the result of dedicated family history research and the submission of family history information by a growing number of Sprague Project supporters. Each update of the Sprague website brings a new wave of submissions and suggestions for the update of the Sprague Database. Success begets success. That is so true of the Sprague Project that it is unlikely that all the excellent corrections and additions can ever be processed by the one person who does all the updating.
    We very much value your submissions, but you should not be surprised if you do not receive acknowledgment for an extended period of time. This situation should not discourage you from submitting corrections and additions, but please understand that they will not be processed quickly. The Sprague Project will continue to provide an excellent source of Sprague family history, but limited human resources limits the amount of information that can be added in any given period of time.  4/9/2014

    The Sprague Database is a computerized database containing information on 469,152 individuals (an increase of (1,042) from worldwide families of Sprague and Sprague-derivative names. (Derivative names include Sprag, Sprage, Spragg, Spragge, Spraggs, Spraggue, Sprags, Sprake, Spraig, Sprig, Sprigg, Sprigge, and Spriggs.) The larger sections of the database document the descendants of (1) Francis Sprague, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623 and (2) Edward Sprague's three sons (Ralph, Richard, and William), who arrived in Massachusetts in 1629. The Spragg and Sprake lines are also major sections. Further, we include another 2,600+ Sprague family lines or individuals that do not yet connect to any of the major family lines in the project database. To see these unconnected Sprague and Sprague-derivative lines, please go to Reports and scroll down.
    The purpose of the Sprague Database is to treat the entire Sprague family as a single entity. There are hundreds of people researching their own lines, but until now there has been no organized effort since the work of Dr. Warren Vincent Sprague (Sprague Families in America, published in 1913) to put this work together to benefit future generations. The Sprague Project is unusual in that it places equal emphasis on recording female and male descendant lines. The Sprague Database is an invaluable resource for those interested in the Sprague line.

    Please note: The identification system used on our website often causes confusion when the initial letter "I" for each individual (I248000) is mistaken for the number "1." As a result, erroneous correspondence is sent to The Sprague Project developer. There is no way that we can change this means of identification. When you correspond with the developer, please keep this in mind and use the letter "I" and not the number "1."

The Sprague Database holds the following as of Oct 1, 2020

  Total individuals: 469,152
      Deceased (searchable in website database): 345,154
      Living (not searchable in website database): 123,998
  Unconnected Sprague lines: 2,781
  Those with military service: 6,834
  Individuals with the surname Sprague: 38,701
   (Why so few Spragues in such a large database? See FAQ.)
  Unique Surnames: 33,824   Total Families: 171,982
  Total Primary Sources:
5,248  Total Notes: 187,480
Total Places: 31,095
  Size of current GEDCOM File: 307 MB

Major Sprague Groups:
   Francis Sprague (abt. 1590 - 1676) descendants: 59,735
   William Sprague (abt. 1609-1675) descendants: 71,178
   Lt. Ralph Sprague (abt. 1599-1650) descendants: 23,242
   Edward Spragg (abt. 1616 - 1685) descendants: 14,126
What's changed in our update of Oct 1, 2020
  1. Database increased by 1,042 individuals
  2. On 1 October 2020
  3. Descendants of Leah A. Spragg  (1835-1862) (England)were added
  4. Descendants of Joseph Spragg (abt 1781-bef 1847) (Australia) were added
  5. Descendants of John Franklin Sprague (1808-1874) were added
  6. On 1 September 2020
  7. Descendants of Robert Sprague (?-1670) (England) were added
  8. Descendants of Sarah Sprague (1796-1869) were added
  9. On 23 July 2020
  10. Descendants of James Sprague (1814-1884) were added
  11. Descendants of Hannah Sprague (1773-1826) were added
  12. Descendants of Joseph Sprague (England) (1795-1864) were added
  13. Descendants of Sarah Sprague (1796-1869) were added
  14. On 9 July 2020
  15.   Descendants of Angeline Sprague (1856-1921) were added
  16.   Descendants of Persis Sprague (1643-1684) were added
  17.   Descendants of Elizabeth Sprague (1724-1785) were added
  18. On June 16, 2020
  19.   Descendants of Sarah Sprague (1796-1869) were added
  20.   Descendants of Abel I. Sprague (1849-1924) were added
  21.   Descendants of Charles M. Sprague (1825-1914) were added
  22.   Descendants of Ichabod Sprague (1835-1911) were added
  23. On April 28, 2020
  24.     Descendants of Charles M. Spragg  (1864-1943) were added
  25.     Descendants of Maria Emogene Sprague (abt. 1842-unknown) were added
  26.     Descendants of Ichabod Sprague. (1835-1911) were added
  27. Our major Sprague lines have changed as follows:
       Francis Sprague: Increase of 91 individuals
       William Sprague: Increase of 16 individuals
       Lt. Ralph Sprague: Increase of 19 individuals
       Edward Spragg: Increase of 23 individuals

    The contents of the Sprague Database include information for both living and deceased individuals. However, only content that applies to deceased individuals is made available for public study on this Sprague Website. The sole source of genealogical information on the Sprague Website is the Sprague Database. In addition, supplementary material has been added to the Sprague Website for the use of website visitors. For example, there is a listing of published sources where information on the Sprague family has been found. This material is located in the column to the left.

    The Sprague Website has been developed utilizing an innovative software product named The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding (TNG). There are significant research facilities available for the use of any visitor to the Sprague Website. A comprehensive search facility allows the website visitor to search for all individuals named John Sprague who were born in Vermont before 1844. A large number of search fields may be used in combination. When an individual of interest is located by a search, a variety of reports is available to show the Family Group Sheet for the individual, an ancestral chart, a descendant’s chart, among others. Since The Sprague Project places equal emphasis on both male and female descendant lines and on Sprague spousal ancestral lines, there are a large number of individuals with surnames other than Sprague recorded in the Sprague Database. The Sprague Website provides the facility for quickly determining how many of any given surname are recorded in The Sprague Database. Reports are predefined to show such information as participants in any of the 13 wars recorded in U. S. history. There are also photos of individuals and photos of individual grave stones that will be displayed as part of the individual data.

    The objective of The Sprague Project Developer and the Sprague Website Webmaster is for the website to be an effective research tool for the massive amount of personal information recorded in the Sprague Database. For an interesting introduction to the Sprague Website, enter Chase in the Surname field and Katherine in the First Name field to the left and then press “Search.” When Katherine is located, click on her name and your fun will begin. Enjoy the Sprague Website. May it provide much insight into your ancestral history.

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Our first home page was created on August 26, 1996
Moved to on October 9, 1998
Moved to on January 31, 2003
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Incorporated The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding© (TNG) into our website on August 26, 2005
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Most recent change to this page: 6 October, 2020.