Think you have Mayflower ancestors but aren’t ready to delve into the research yourself? There are three good options to help you check the line.
If you apply for Mayflower Lineage Match, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants will check to see what portion of the line has been documented in a previous application. There is a review fee of $75.
While they may not list every ancestor, the Mayflower “Silver Books” – so called for the color of their covers – bring together the research on Mayflower descendants through the 5th generation and sometimes beyond. Be sure to check the citations: some books are better researched than others. GSMD does generally accept the books as accurate, but other societies may not.
Do you have your line documented to the Revolutionary War? The Patriot to Passenger Project identifies Revolutionary War veterans who have been tied to Mayflower passengers.
If the line’s accurate, is it time to think about Mayflower Society membership?