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Who are Mayflower Descendants ?

They are men and women, boys and girls, elderly and young, from all ethnic groups who are able to trace their ancestry back to the passengers of the Mayflower. They are YOU!

For more information on the application process, be sure to check out our blog at the  Ohio Mayflower blog . You will find lots of articles to help you navigate the application process and tips on how to prepare an application that will be easily approved. Be sure to sign up for email notifications at the bottom of the homepage. Questions and comments are welcome.



What is your family tree?



     To become a member of the Mayflower Society, you must prove lineage to one

of the Mayflower passengers.


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


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. However, while modern technological tools greatly facilitate this research, doing it can still be hard work, but the rewards are well worth it.

To join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, you must document your direct lineage from one of the 26 Mayflower passengers listed at the top of this page. 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.

Documentation is generally divided into two classes, primary and secondary

Primary documentation is usually created at the time the event occurred. Primary documentation should be used whenever it is available. Examples of primary documentation include:

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


Vital records of birth, marriage and death
County and town histories
Church records and Bible records Published family genealogies
Marriage bonds and licenses Federal and state census records
Cemetery records Newspaper obituaries
Probate records Newspaper marriage accounts
Military or pension records Photos of gravestone inscriptions
Deeds and wills Affidavits
Mortician’s records  
Contemporary family letters and diaries  
Tax lists  
Divorce records  
Social security records  
 Published books and genealogies using the above as sources  

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

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 assistant historian will then prepare a worksheet for you with the first 5 generations documented for you from the Mayflower “Silver Books,” also known as the 5 Generations Project. 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. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 or 9 or Foxit Reader to view these files. Both are free to read pdf files. Foxit has a five cow rating from Tucows.

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Mayflower Ancestor List.word doc


Lineage Review Form.pdf




                                                      Junior application.pdf

Alicia Crane Williams articles

Where do I go to find documentation for my application ?

You don’t have to be a genealogist to find the documentation you need for your application for membership in the Mayflower Society. There are lots of resources that are readily available to any of us. If you are able to get to the places your ancestors lived, you may be able to find lots of records in the local courthouse. What you will find will vary greatly by locality, but they are always worth investigating.

 Vital records

The Historian General wants to see the last three generations of any application documented with birth, marriage and death certificates if at all possible. Certificates are often available for many other generations in your line and you should try to get them for anyone you can. For most states, any event that occurred after 1900-1910 should have certificates available. One of the best sources for finding out where to go to obtain vital records is a website www.vitalrec.com Select the state for which you want information and the site will tell you when certificates became required and will give you instructions on how to make your requests. Many states and local jurisdictions will let you request certificates through on-line ordering.

Now, obtaining all the vital records you need will cost you some money. Some jurisdictions have multi-tiered pricing depending on if you need a certified copy or not. You can often get a “genealogy” copy for less, but your wait for the documents may be longer.  

Some public libraries may have copies of vital records in their collections. It is always worth asking!


Your local library may have quite a bit of genealogy information available for you, either in hard copy or through access to on-line resources. There are a number of libraries around Ohio that have extensive genealogy collections. Among them are the following links:

  Ohio Genealogical Society Library        

  Western Reserve Historical Society Library

  Columbus Public Library

There are many more – check in your area and the larger towns/cities near you to see what is available for you. If you are up for a road trip, the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN has the second largest genealogy collection in the country. The only one larger is the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.

Many libraries also offer access to on-line databases. For example, many libraries have subscriptions to HeritageQuest or the library edition of Ancestry.com. Some libraries also offer access to some of those databases from your home. Check with your local library to see what is available. The Columbus Public Library will let any Ohio resident become a member, and makes a large collection of on-line resources available to its members.

Family History Centers

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints maintains Family History Centers in many places around the world. Check on their website, www.familysearch.org for the closest one to you. They have some resources on site, but they can order records on microfilm for you from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City so you don’t have to travel far to take advantage of their enormous resources.

Genealogical Resources on the Web

There is a huge amount of genealogical information available no the Internet. As mentioned above, there are many Internet documents that are not acceptable documentation, but there is also lots of good information. There are many sites that let you view and print original documents including vital records and published histories. If you have any question about what is allowable, please contact the historian.


Here are some websites that you may find useful:



This is a free site

This is the official web site for the Family History Library of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City. Although the IGI and Ancestral File are not allowable sources, they may give you great clues



This is a free site

This web site contains over 200,000 links to various genealogical resources. The site includes a detailed topical and subject index to help you find the type of documentation you are searching for.



Some databases are free, others require a subscription

This site has thousands of databases of information including census images from 1790 to 1930 (the last year released by the Census Bureau); immigration records, military records, published histories and much, much more.



  This is a free site

This web site, supported by Ancestry.com, lists numerous web sites, databases and other resources for conducting genealogical research. There are thousands of user-submitted family trees that can give you clues to relationships and sources.

Other great services of Rootsweb include the message boards and mailing lists. There are message boards for hundreds of surnames and localities where you can post inquiries to see if there is any one else who can help provide the information you need.



This is a subscription site

The New England Historic Genealogical Society is the oldest genealogical society in the country.  For over 150 years, NEHGS has helped new and experienced researchers trace their heritage in New England and around the world.



This is a free site

GenWeb is a network of volunteer run sites for every state and county in the US. Each page varies in content, but you may find lots of local resources by browsing to the areas where your ancestors lived. You may also find contact information for local historical societies and even volunteers to help you with your research.



This is a subscription site

Genealogy.com has a large collection of databases including original census records and many family and local histories. They also maintain message boards.



If you have questions, please contact the Ohio Historian.

We hope that the information presented here will help you with your research. Happy hunting!


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