How to Join

Genealogical and family history research can be a very satisfying activity. The thrill of discovering the names and histories of your ancestors is like no other experience. Part of what makes genealogical research so exciting is that, with the advent of modern information technologies, it has become easier than ever before. Computers, the internet, and various information storage and retrieval technologies have significantly increased the efficiency of doing research. While modern technological tools greatly facilitate this research, doing it can still be difficult work, however the rewards are well worth it.

To join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, you must document your direct lineage from one of the 51 Mayflower passengers listed below:

John Alden
Priscilla Mullins Alden
Bartholomew Allerton
Isaac Allerton
Mary Allerton
Mary (Norris) Allerton
Remember Allerton
Elinor Billington
Francis Billington
John Billington
William Bradford
Love Brewster
Mary Brewster
William Brewster
Peter Brown
James Chilton
Mary Chilton
Susanna Chilton
Francis Cooke
John Cooke
Edward Doty
Francis Eaton
Samuel Eaton
Sara Eaton
Moses Fletcher
Edward Fuller
Mrs. Edward Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller Jr.
Constance Hopkins
Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Giles Hopkins
Stephen Hopkins
Elizabeth Tilley Howland
John Howland
Richard Moore
William Mullins
Degory Priest
Joseph Rogers
Thomas Rogers
Henry Samson
George Soule
Myles Standish
Joan (Hurst) Tilley
John Tilley
Richard Warren
Peregrine White
Resolved White
Susanna White Winslow
William White
Edward Winslow

This process might take considerable time, even with the use of modern technology, but don’t get discouraged. Your research may also be aided by information held by living relatives and others who have already researched your family lines. Your task is to connect each generation in your lineage, parent to child from your pilgrim ancestor to yourself. Each link needs to be supported with documentation that clearly shows that parent to child relationship. All birth, marriage and death events that you record need to be supported with appropriate documentation.

Primary Sources
Documentation is generally divided into two classes, primary and secondary. Examples of primary documentation include:

Vital records of birth, marriage and death
Church records and Bible records
Marriage bonds and licenses
Cemetery records
Probate records
Military or pension records
Deeds and wills
Mortician’s records
Contemporary family letters and diaries
Tax lists
Divorce records
Social security applications (SS-5)
Published books and genealogies using the above as sources

Secondary Sources
Secondary documentation may be used only after all efforts to find primary documentation have failed. Secondary documentation includes:

County and town histories
Published family genealogies
Federal and state census records
Newspaper obituaries
Newspaper marriage accounts
Photos of gravestone inscriptions

Sources that are not acceptable proof
Some documents are not considered acceptable proof of your lineage, but looking at them may give you clues to acceptable documentation. Examples include:

Mayflower Index numbers
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Patriot Indexes
Indexes to any other lineage papers
International Genealogical Index (IGI)
Lineage papers that have been submitted to any other hereditary society
Genealogical compendiums such as Virkus
Family group sheets, ancestral files and pedigree charts
Family web pages and other internet family trees
Who’s Who
Social registers
Social Security Death Index (SSDI)
Unpublished handwritten or computer-generated genealogical compilations

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants publishes a series of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations and Mayflower Families in Progress books, Libraries with complete or nearly complete collections of the books are
Akron/Summit County Library
Ashtabula County Library
Bexley Public Library
Cincinnati Public Library
Coshocton Public Library
Hudson Library
Marietta Library
Medina County Library
Montgomery County Library in Dayton
Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Belleville
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library in Freemont
Toledo Public Library
Wayne County Public Library
Western Reserve Historical Society
Williams County Library

Researching these records for the purpose of joining the Mayflower Society is your responsibility. As you conduct research, remember that you are looking for original records, which constitute the proof of your Mayflower line. While they may be interesting and worth keeping, old family stories handed down through the generations, and faded notes jotted down by your relatives are not considered original records.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants does not accept LDS family group sheets, ancestral files, or other computer-generated documents.

When you are ready to begin your Mayflower research, please submit a Preliminary Application (below) and Proposed Lineage Review Form (below). Our Deputy Historian will then prepare a worksheet for you with the first 5 generations documented for you from the Mayflower Families “Silver Books,”. We may also be able to find approved applications on file that match your family and will save you duplicating work that has already been done. You will receive further instructions with your worksheet.

Forms to start the application process

Preliminary ApplicationLineage Review Form

Instructions for your application

Ancestor ListApplication processApplication Checklist

Application Instructions . Guidelines for Evidence

Other Forms 

Junior Membership Application

Reinstatement Request

Transfer Request

Need Assistance
For more information, please contact
Ann Gulbransen, Historian or Lee Martin, Deputy Historian