GSMD is pleased to announce the Mayflower Society House Virtual Lecture Series, beginning in Spring 2021! These lectures are free and open to the public, and will cover a variety of Mayflower Pilgrim-related topics, including their odyssey, their life and times, their maritime experience and, of course, genealogy. Monthly webinar lecture events will be hosted by the Mayflower Society on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm EST.
Please plan to join us, and enjoy learning more about Mayflower Pilgrim and genealogy topics from the comfort of your home. Our first three lecture topics are highlighted below; stay tuned for announcements of additional lectures!
Links to each lecture will be posted on this page as they become available.
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Our preliminary schedule is as follows:
Our next lecture is scheduled for Thursday, May 20 at 6:30 pm EDT with Bonnie Wade-Mucia: 75 Years Later: Creating Wartime Family Reunions with DNA.
The U.S. Army’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) mission is to recover remains of military personnel from past conflicts who are missing in action (MIA) or killed in action (KIA). Bonnie Wade Mucia is a genealogy researcher who works on military repatriation cases from WWII to identify living family members. This talk will discuss the mission and process a genealogist uses to identify family members to reunite these soldiers' remains to their families and how DNA plays a pivotal role in this mission.
Bonnie Wade-Mucia is the Director of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Silver Books Project, Member At Large for the GSMD, and head of the GSMD DNA Committee. She is a genealogy researcher for the United States Army's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Past Conflicts Repatriations Branch (PCRB) to locate and establish contact with living family members of MIA/KIA Soldiers from WWII and other conflicts. Bonnie has researched for the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" with Dr. Henry Louis Gates and other projects for PBS, including documentaries and movies. Bonnie is from New England but now resides in South Carolina with her husband, Joseph.