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Common Mayflower Society Questions: Why Hire a Professional Genealogist?

Thanks to the “Silver Books,” the Mayflower Society has a ton of information easily accessible. Most historians prefer to fill out the application forms themselves. Is there value to hiring help?

While you can definitely try to do an application yourself, there are a few reasons you might need or want to hire help. First, unless you connect to a very recent applicant, you are going to need to provide a number of birth, marriage, and death certificates. Do you know how to locate and order your grandfather’s birth certificate? A professional genealogist can be a huge time saver. Second, tracing a Mayflower family’s movements can involve multiple states or multiple countries. Some Massachusetts families ended up in Nova Scotia. Unless you have wide research experience, a professional genealogist will likely be able to trace the family far more quickly and easily than you could. In short, help can save you time – and often money, by avoiding the waste of going down the wrong line.

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