|John Alden||Bartholomew Allerton||Isaac Allerton|
|Mary (Norris) Allerton||Mary Allerton||Remember Allerton|
|Elinor Billington||Francis Billington||John Billington|
|William Bradford||Love Brewster||Mary Brewster|
|William Brewster||Peter Browne||James Chilton|
|Mrs. James Chilton||Mary Chilton||Francis Cooke|
|John Cooke||Edward Doty||Francis Eaton|
|Samuel Eaton||Sarah Eaton||Moses Fletcher|
|Edward Fuller||Mrs. Edward Fuller||Samuel Fuller|
|Samuel Fuller (son of Edward)||Constance Hopkins||Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins|
|Giles Hopkins||Stephen Hopkins||John Howland|
|Richard More||Priscilla Mullins||William Mullins|
|Degory Priest||Joseph Rogers||Thomas Rogers|
|Henry Samson||George Soule||Myles Standish|
|Elizabeth Tilley||John Tilley||Joan (Hurst) Tilley|
|Richard Warren||Peregrine White||Resolved White|
|Susanna White||William White||Edward Winslow|
Many families hold a tradition that they are descended from the Pilgrims, which often kindles an interest in finding out more. Sometimes the stories of a Mayflower heritage are true and it is easy to document a descent. More often the documentation is missing and must be researched and supplied to prove your line. The good news is it that advanced research techniques, improved genealogy library collections and computerized resources have made it easier to track down your Pilgrim roots.
Why should you join? This brief article 'Why Join The Mayflower Society' presents some interesting reasons. Always remember that we are never more than one generation away from losing our American heritage.Here is a breakdown of the Texas Society membership, by Pilgrim ancestor, as of 2007. As you can see, some of the Pilgrims were much more prolific than others.
|Ancestor||%of Current Members||% of All Members|
All memberships are handled through the individual state societies.
All persons over 18 years of age who are descendants from a passenger on the 'Mayflower' on the voyage which terminated at Plymouth, New England, in December 1620, are eligible for membership in the society.
All persons who are less than 18 years of age, who are descendants from a passenger on the 'Mayflower' on the voyage which terminated at Plymouth, New England, in December 1620, are eligible for Junior membership in the Texas Society.
Membership in The Mayflower Society is based on the documentation you supply proving the line of descent from one of the above listed Mayflower Pilgrims to yourself. The best documentation to look for is vital records such as the birth, marriage, and death certificates for each person. Other documentation might be published genealogies, family documents and other official records. It may be relatively easy if other members of your family are already members, and their documentation is already on file with the Mayflower Society in Plymouth.
Or it may be more challenging if you are several generations removed from previously accepted family members, and you need to find the documentation for those generations. This also applies if the most recent approved application was done back in the days when the Society did not require as much documentation as it currently requires.
The Society has already done the research for the first five generations of each Mayflower Pilgrim, and published this information in several volumes of the "Mayflower 5 Generations" books, also known as the "Silver Books" due to their silver colored covers. These books are available for your use in many libraries, historical and genealogical societies.
The process itself can take quite a while, mostly depending on how long it takes you to do the research and gather the necessary documents. The process is thorough, and you will learn many new things about your family. It is a very rewarding experience.
We strongly encourage you to start with the on-line Preliminary Lineage Review form on The Mayflower Society website.
There are several benefits of doing this:
It typically takes Plymouth 5-6 weeks to complete their research and send you the resulting report. This report identifies all of the documentation which you will subsequently need to acquire and submit if you decide to continue the membership process.
When you start the application part of the process, make sure that you let the Historian Secretary know that you have used the
on-line form. The Historian should already have a copy of the report and all of the information needed to prepare the
Worksheet mentioned in the following Step 6.
Please contact the State Historians (see the Contact Us page on this website) for information on how to join.
Below are the Primary and Secondary Sources that the Society will accept for admission. Of course, there are other sources you may send to see if they qualify. If you feel you have other legitimate sources, or if you have any questions, problems, or problems obtaining the required information, please contact the Historians at email@example.com. To escape the Spam Folder, please type Mayflower in the subject line.
(From the Historian's Manual)