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May 19, 2022

Jay Holbrook, R.I.P.

Jay Mack Holbrook, 85, of Provo, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2022 of causes related to dementia. He was born on January 12, 1937 in Chesterfield, Caribou, Idaho to Lawrence E Holbrook and Mary Marjorie Boyatt. He was the oldest of eight children.

Jay Mack’s interests were many and diverse: debate, theater, music, dance, poetry, gardening, languages, travel, and public speaking.

He was the founder of Holbrook Research Institute a.k.a. Archive Publishing, which collected, preserved, and published New England town records. He published some 300 titles, with his better-known works including “Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850; Connecticut Colonists; Vermont’s First Settlers 1749-1803“; and “New Hampshire Residents 1633-1699“. He sold his business to Ancestry.com in 2011 and now his work is available online and benefits genealogists and historians worldwide.

His obituary (which details many more accomplishments of his life beyond genealogy) may be found at: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/jay-holbrook-obituary?id=34782229