My grandfather has told me for years that us members of the Briscoe family are directly related to a doctor that came to this country aboard the Mayflower. He said that in his attic somewhere are personal effects that belonged to him including correspondence, books and a diary but he always had an excuse for not rummaging it up. For the longest time I thought these were just stories that he told to me when I was a kid, but I am pushing 30 and he is a lot older now, and he recently brought it up again. It makes me wonder if maybe there is some truth to this.
I did a Google search and the first hit actually mentioned the possibility that such a person existed.
First found in Cumberland, England, in the parish of Newbiggan, where from time immemorial the Briscoes were Lords of the manor of Birkskeugh. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Dr. John Briscoe who settled in Maryland. He set sail from Newbiggin, Cumberland, and settled in America in 1632; soon after the Mayflower
My first question is if the information on this site is reliable? I understand that there were probably a thousand original Briscoe families and that just one of those were Scottish Lords, but it might not be coincidence that the information about a Dr. Briscoe being an original settler is strangely similar to stories he shared with me. It is also possible that he did a very unthorough genealogy search decades ago and fabricated fantastical stories.
My second question is, other than badgering my grandfather to dig up artifacts of questionable existence, what is a more reliable way to easily find out more information about this Dr. Briscoe?