For the past year family care requirements have significantly
curtailed the time available for maintaining the Sprague Project.
As a result, I have been unable to respond to a large number
of submissions to the Sprague Project. That backlog is now
over 3,700. The time available is likely to decrease further
in upcoming months, and the backlog of submissions is likely
to grow to larger numbers.
I welcome new submissions, especially
those that identify any error in the Sprague database. The
Sprague database will continue to be maintained but at a slower
rate than in the past. Updates to the Sprague website will
be less frequent than in the past, but some work will continue.
Thank you to all whose submissions
have helped the Sprague Project be as accurate and comprehensive
a history of the Sprague and associated families as it is.
I look forward to the continuation of this effort.
Richard E. Weber, developer, 5/28/2015
Due to the
ease that websites can be datamined, scraped, etc., such as
with the software aptly named SiteSucker, recently championed
in a popular genealogical newsletter, I have determined that
it is now necessary to close down this website each evening,
from about 11:00 p.m. to 7:10
a.m. (E.D.T.) . I apologize to one and all
for having to do this. I cannot keep an eye at night on those
who intend to grab all that we have made available for free
since 1996. I am looking for software that will preclude massive
downloads and when I obtain it, things will return to what
they were and this website will once again be open 24 hours
Arnold Sprague, webmaster, 17 May 2014
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
Sprague Database is a computerized database containing information
on 404,876 individuals (an increase of 3,236 since our last
update) 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)
Sprague, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1623 and (2)
Edward Sprague's three sons (Ralph,
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
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 May 25, 2015:
Total individuals: 404.876
individuals (searchable in website database):
Living individuals (not searchable
in website database): 109.497
Unconnected Sprague lines:
Those with military service:
Individuals with the surname Sprague:
(Why so few Spragues in such a large database?
Unique Surnames: 29,500 Total
Total Sources: 4,659 Total
Notes: 140,485 Total Places:
Size of current GEDCOM File:
Major Sprague Groups:
Sprague descendants: 59,430
Sprague descendants: 63,676
Ralph Sprague descendants: 21,337
Spragg descendants: 11,175
What's changed in our
update of May 28, 2015
- Database increased by 3,236
- Our major Sprague lines have changed as follows:
694 new descendants
614 new descendants
Lt. Ralph Sprague:
76 new descendants
104 new descendants
- Current e-mail backlog:
3,729 (increase of 1,001
- This update includes
response to many e-mail submissions. A continuing
large number of submissions have not yet been processed,
so cannot be found in this Sprague Website update.
What we know about visitors
to our website
|Connect speed (2):
MS IE 41.4%
|Screen res. (2):
(1) Per Google
Analytics for period: 06/01/2012 - 09/31/2012
(2) Per Google
Analytics for period: 10/01/2010 - 01/31/2011
Number of individuals
| Sprag: 1
| Spraggue: 2
| Sprig: 1
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