Any person able to document their descent from one or more of the following Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society:
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 one's line. The good news is that advanced research techniques, improved genealogy library collections and computerized resources have made it easier to track down your Pilgrim roots.
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. If you have a relative who is a member of the Society, you may be able to use their lineage documentation to help you with your research.
Memberships are handled through individual state societies. As a first step, you may contact your state society or you may inquire about a possible Mayflower line using the Preliminary Review Form below. The contact information for your state society can be found below.
To aid in your research, we offer an optional lineage review. Fill out the Preliminary Review Form online and submit it. It will be reviewed as quickly as possible and you will receive a report on the findings with instructions on how to proceed. There is a $20.00 fee per inquiry for this service. The lineage review is not necessary in cases where a close family member has recently joined the Mayflower Society. In such cases, please contact your State Society.
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We’d like to know about your interest in The Mayflower Society. You can find out more about activities in your area by contacting the Mayflower Society in your state or region.
If you are interested in joining us, you simply need to provide evidence of your lineage from one of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Anyone who can prove this ancestry may join.
Memberships are handled through your state society. Each state has its own structure with its own governor and officers, including an historian who can help you with your application. States with larger memberships are broken into colonies that meet in varied locations. Click on your location for contact information.