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I have Canadian roots. Might I have Mayflower ancestors?

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?

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How do I start my application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants?

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?

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Is there an easy way to check my Mayflower line?

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?

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Common Mayflower Society Questions: Can I access old applications to see what’s on file already?

Lineage society applications sometimes contain research goldmines. There's the attestation from someone that died decades ago or the Bible family record that's gone missing. The old Mayflower Society applications are no different. But how do you access them? FamilySearch and the New England Historic Genealogical Society have announced a partnership to digitize General Society of… Continue reading Common Mayflower Society Questions: Can I access old applications to see what’s on file already?

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Common Mayflower Society Questions: What marriage records do I need to provide?

All lineage societies require some documentation of births, deaths, and marriages (if they happened). In most cases, the society requires only the record of the marriage that produced the child. The Mayflower Society is a bit different : in general, you will be asked to provide all marriage records for the "line carrier." Who is… Continue reading Common Mayflower Society Questions: What marriage records do I need to provide?

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Common Mayflower Society Questions: Who do I contact to start my application?

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is made up of 53 member societies. There is a member society for each of the 50 states, one for Washington D.C., one for Canada, and one for Europe. Prospective members are required to apply through the member society. Thankfully, the GSMD keeps a list of member society contact… Continue reading Common Mayflower Society Questions: Who do I contact to start my application?

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Common Mayflower Society Questions: Is it too late to get a 2020 number?

The 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower is 2020, and many are celebrating with Mayflower Society membership. Is it too late to get a 2020 number if you apply now? Maybe. Covid-19 has pushed processing dates back. As of early June 2020, application review time was averaging about 7 months. That may speed… Continue reading Common Mayflower Society Questions: Is it too late to get a 2020 number?

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What documents do I need to provide for a Mayflower Society application?

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants - the Mayflower Society - has among the lineage world's most strict requirements about the documents that need to be provided in an application. Here are the basic guidelines: The Silver Books and previous applications should be used to document any generations already on file.If a vital record could… Continue reading What documents do I need to provide for a Mayflower Society application?

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Three Must-Find Sources for Mayflower Applications

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants has the same document requirements as the Daughters of the American Revolution, right? Wrong. Here are three sources you must find as you're working on your application. The Silver Books entries for this line: DAR and GSMD both require you to use what's already on file, but that information… Continue reading Three Must-Find Sources for Mayflower Applications

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5 Sources to Avoid Using for Mayflower Society Applications

Are you home researching for fun? While now is a great time to start working your application for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants - and you might even get a 2020 join date if you apply now - there are a few sources you should avoid. Family trees and pedigree charts: We see a… Continue reading 5 Sources to Avoid Using for Mayflower Society Applications