With the focus on Plymouth Colony this time of year, it's easy to treat it as the center of European settlement in New England. The reality is far more complicated. While Plymouth may have the earliest date for European arrival, it was one of multiple colonies being established in the 1630s. These colonies were in… Continue reading Not the only colony – Plymouth and the New England colonies in the early 1600s…
The simple answer: yes. If your family was from an area that was popular with the New England "planters" , Revolutionary War era Loyalists, or economic "Late Loyalists," they may have roots in colonial Massachusetts. If you want to identify Mayflower line ancestors, focus on using established techniques for researching planters, loyalists, or late loyalists.… Continue reading I have Canadian roots. Might I have Mayflower ancestors?
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants ("Mayflower Society") is made up of 54 member societies. To start your application, you need to begin by choosing the society to which you would like to apply. Some applicants choose a society based on emotional ties to an area. They may have grown up there, or it may… Continue reading How do I start my application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants?
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… Continue reading Is there an easy way to check my Mayflower line?
We've added a new resource. Check out our new Frequently Asked Questions page. Organized by society, it will include past blog posts on application topics. We're updating gradually. Have a question you'd like answered? Contact us. We'll be glad to add what we can.
Not necessarily. A few societies have a very restricted list of qualifying ancestors. The Society of the Cincinnati is the prime example. In order to begin the membership application process, the ancestor needs to be available - which means you need to know under which ancestor you are applying. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants… Continue reading Do I need to have an ancestor identified before I start the lineage society membership process?
Working with a professional genealogist is a great way to get your application completed. I often get asked if there's anything a potential client can do to make the process easier. The answer is yes. Gather what records and family lore you are already have. Most people have their own birth and marriage certificates in… Continue reading I’d like to work with a professional genealogist. Is there anything I can do to save time or money before I contact them?
The short answer: yes! Historically, racism has limited the number of Indigenous ancestors documented by lineage societies. That is beginning to change. The Daughters of the American Revolution has made a concerted effort to document new patriots of all backgrounds. The society now offers a "Patriots of Color" database that provides resources to identify service… Continue reading Is it possible to honor an Indigenous ancestor through lineage society membership?
The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution maintain records of many of those who served in the American Revolution. This can include images of family Bibles, vital records, pensions and more. Yet, some ancestors aren't listed. Why? The files held by DAR and SAR were created when someone joined… Continue reading Why isn’t my Revolutionary War ancestor already on file?
Women's Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution (https://www.dar.org/): From “Who We Are” - The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.Open to women 18 and over. Members must be… Continue reading My ancestor served in the American Revolution. What lineage societies might my family be able to join?