What is the Mayflower Society?

There are all kinds of heritage and genealogy societies.

In 2016, we learned about the DAR, better known as the Daughters of the American Revolution. Today, we’ll learn about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. A society of members who are confirmed descendants of those who settled in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants is a special genealogy interest group specifically for descendants of those who came to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620.

The Pilgrims were a group of Puritans who traveled to what is now the United States to escape religious persecution in England but they also came from the Netherlands and other European countries.

It’s estimated that there are over 35 million people who have descended from the passengers on the Mayflower.

Confirmed Mayflower passengers with descendants

  • John Alden
  • Priscilla Alden (née Mullins)
  • Isaac Allerton
  • Mary (née Norris) Allerton
  • John Billington
  • William Bradford
  • Love Brewster
  • William Brewster
  • Peter Browne
  • James Chilton
  • Francis Cooke
  • Edward Doty
  • Francis Eaton
  • Moses Fletcher
  • Edward Fuller
  • Samuel Fuller
  • Stephen Hopkins
  • Elizabeth (née Fisher) Hopkins
  • John Howland
  • Richard More
  • William Mullins
  • Degory Priest
  • Thomas Rogers
  • Henry Samson
  • George Soule
  • Myles Standish
  • John Tilley
  • Joan (née Hurst) Tilley
  • Richard Warren
  • William White
  • Edward Winslow

How to Become a Member

Like other lineage societies, there is an application process to becoming a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

In order to begin the qualification process, you must be able to prove your lineage to a passenger on the Mayflower. Members of the society are there to help you through the process as they already have confirmed research in their library.

Birth, death, marriage and other government-issued documents can be used as proof of your lineage.

To start your application process, contact your local society.

Family History Daily also has this great article on advice on how to start your research to find out if you are a descendant of someone on the Mayflower passenger list.

Benefits of Being a Mayflower Society Member

  1. Pride and honor that your ancestors believed so strongly in religious and political freedom to give up everything they knew to travel to the new world.
  2. The story of the Mayflower pilgrims is definitely one to tell your children about their ancestors and their lives long, long ago and the journey they took.
  3. GSMD Scholarships for Junior Mayflower members.
  4. Free tours of the historic Mayflower Society House (built by the grandson of Pilgrim Edward Winslow in 1754)
  5. Free admission to the GSMD Research Library
  6. Discounted subscription to NEHGS website AmericanAncestors.org

Can you be both a Mayflower Society member as well as a member of another society such as the DAR, SAR, etc.? Absolutely!

Many of the descendants of the Mayflower passengers stayed in the New World and fought in the American Revolution which would qualify a person for membership in these respective organizations.

To learn more about the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, visit their website.