**********CONGRESS 2020 UPDATE********** 

PLEASE NOTE: The September 2020 Congress in Plymouth, Massachusetts has been CANCELLED due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our Registration Team is issuing full refunds to registrants; no action is required by registrants. For Provincetown 400 events, please cancel any accommodation reservations you have made on your own.

GSMD's offices have reopened, on a limited basis, as of Tuesday, May 26th. Due to restrictions, and as recommended by Governor Baker's office, GSMD staff will continue to do the majority of their work remotely from home. Mayflower Lineage Match requests and Application Verification, Member Society and Member inquiries will continue to be supported remotely. The backlog of sales orders will be fulfilled. 

As we still will not have full-time phone coverage, for inquiries requiring time-sensitive responses, please contact us by email at: support@themayflowersociety.org. Thank you for your patience and understanding. 




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Check out the Mayflower Congress 2020 Schedule.

General Society of Mayflower DescendantsFounded in 1897

In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civic freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.
Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education. 

More about the Mayflower Society

Celebrating the Pilgrim Spirit

More than one hundred years ago, a group of descendants of the Pilgrims who sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, saw the need for a national society to honor their memory. The intention was to remember these Pilgrims who established Plymouth Colony.

Today there are tens-of-millions of individuals descended from these brave souls. It is the goal of The Mayflower Society to join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.

The Pilgrims

The group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard Mayflower for the crossing was not homogenous. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations, or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been referred to as the "saints" and "strangers".

Although the Leiden congregation had sent its strongest members with various skills for establishing the new colony, nearly half of the passengers died the first winter of the "great sickness."

More about The Pilgrims.

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