Biblical Genealogies

The First Generation

Speed, John, 1552?-1629. The Genealogies Recorded in the Sacred Scriptures: According to Every Family and Tribe, with the Line of our Saviour Iesus Christ, Observed from Adam to the Blessed Virgin Mary. [S.l.: s.n., 16--?] 1], 34, [4] p.: geneal. tables, map; 23 cm. [Safe 306.11 1635]

John Speed (1552?-1629) abandoned his trade as a tailor to engage in mapmaking and writing history. His History of Great Britain (1611) is sometimes described as the first "modern" British history.

His Genealogies Recorded in the Sacred Scriptures was also first published in 1611. It includes over thirty charts, which give a visual representation to genealogies recorded in the Bible, beginning with the descendants of Adam and Eve shown here. This work was quite popular. By 1640 there were no less than thirty-three editions of this work, many of them being published with various editions of the Bible.

Additional images:

Descendants of Shem
Descendants of Shem.
Descendants of Ham: Descendants of Ham
Descendants of Ham
Descendants of Japeth
Descendants of Japeth
Speed's Genealogies:Title Page: Title Page
Speed's Genealogies:Title Page

Source of information:

The Dictionary of National Biography: From the Earliest Times to 1900. Founded in 1882 by George Smith; edited by Sir Leslie Stephen and Sir Sidney Lee. London: Oxford University Press, 1921-22.