New Partnership with FTDNA and GSMD


FTDNAPartenrshipPioneering company in the field of Genetic Genealogy, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), is partnering with the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD)to identify the DNA profile of the Mayflower Pilgrims. 
The partnership is a natural progression. Both organizations strive to bring the most accurate information possible to their constituents. Marrying GSMD lineage documentation to FTDNA tests will allow The Mayflower Society to remain cutting edge in the genealogy field. 

 “At Family Tree DNA we can provide DNA proof of lineage,” said owner Bennett Greenspan. “Partnering with GSMD with its comprehensive lineage review process allows us to do the research needed to identify accurately the Mayflower Pilgrims all the way back to 1620.”
Work is being done to identify the genetic profile of each Mayflower Pilgrim. So far, all but three direct male lines have been identified. FTDNA will provide test takers who meet this profile with a Mayflower descendent icon explaining that there is a strong possibility of a Mayflower Pilgrim connection. The icon will take them to information from GSMD on how to do proof documentation to confirm direct lineage.
“Those who receive the icon on their results will know there is a possible connection,” said Lea Sinclair Filson, Governor General of GSMD. “Our documented lineage research will tell them if they are related directly to the Mayflower Pilgrim or just a close relative.”
Pairing DNA evidence with accurate lineage documentation allows the field of genealogy to advance. Those who are experiencing brick walls where no documentation exists will have another tool to prove the connection through a DNA test.
Through help with credible genealogy review, organizations like GSMD can assist in unraveling the mysteries that arise from DNA testing for people who show proof of being related with no prior knowledge of the relationship.
FTDNA conducts the most sophisticated testing in the market. GSMD is the ‘gold standard’ in genealogy documentation research and has approved lineage documentation to the Mayflower Pilgrims from over 100,000 people since 1897.
Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the United States after gardening. It is expected that soon DNA tests will be required by most genealogy organizations along with documented proof of lineage.

Questions on how to get involved? Email our Mayflower Project DNA Administrator Mike Terry at

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