A fascinating part of our American story is the initial settling of the colonies. In 1620, intrepid Pilgrims sailed the ocean blue to come to America from Europe aboard the Ship called the Mayflower. They disembarked at what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. Excellent organizations and researchers are available to help you document your descent from Mayflower passengers. Here are two of my favorite sites:
1. General Society of Mayflower Descendants. This hereditary society is open to proven descendants of “Anyone who arrived in Plymouth as a passenger on the Mayflower.” Website highlights: list of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower, children who sailed on the Mayflower that have living descendants, notable descendants of Mayflower passengers, tourist information about visiting Plymouth, and a membership form. The Society publishes volumes documenting five generations of descendants of Mayflower passengers.
2. MayflowerHistory.com. This website is for Mayflower researchers. It was built by Mayflower expert Caleb Johnson and includes a Mayflower passenger list accompanied by detailed biographies, sources, and tips for further research, a primary source archive where you can examine original documents related to Mayflower families, as well as a research library of publications about Mayflower history.
Do you descend from a Mayflower passenger?