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This President's Day, we're taking a look at which U.S. Presidents can also trace their roots to Mayflower passengers. Which ones are on your family tree?
Plymouth, MA (January 25, 2021) – Forensic genealogist and Chair of the Mayflower DNA Project, Bonnie Wade Mucia has been appointed Director of the Silver Books Project by General Society Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) Governor General Jane Hurt.
“We are fortunate to have the vast expertise and talent that Bonnie offers us,” said Governor General Jane Hurt, GSMD. “With her knowledge of DNA, it allows the society to unite the ‘Mayflower DNA Project’ with the ‘Silver Books Project’, both of which she will lead.”
The most prestigious genealogy organization in the world, the Mayflower Society maintains a lineage database that goes back to the 1620s and earlier. Its research is well respected and cited as proof for genealogy organizations the world over.
Born and raised in Rhode Island and later Massachusetts, Mucia now resides in South Carolina, where her forensic genealogy focuses on New England research. Through forensic research and DNA analysis, she aids adoptees with biological origins as well as assists in cold case investigative research. She works for the U.S. Army’s Defense POW/MIA Account 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.
She is a contributing researcher for shows such as Finding Your Roots with Dr. Henry Louis Gates as well as other projects for PBS including documentaries and movies. An experienced speaker and lecturer, Bonnie is published in the Nova Scotia Genealogist (Summer 2019) for her work on a family lineage: The Descendants of George Wade & Freelove Condon of Granville, Nova Scotia.
“I am honored to offer my experience to GSMD,” Mucia said. “It is a natural extension of my body of work and making sure the Mayflower story is preserved as part of the American story is an important part of our mission.”
Her education includes genealogy institutes such as SLIG and IGHR and she is a graduate of Boston University’s Genealogical Certificate program. Bonnie is an alumnus of the ProGen Study Group and currently in the ICAPgen Study group working towards accreditation. She is a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the United States Daughters of 1812.
This #GivingTuesday, the Mayflower Society is honoring the 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower Voyage, with art that brings the voyage to life on canvas.
Recently, painter Mike Haywood donated the majority of his Mayflower Voyage Collection to the Society. His works were inspired by William Bradford's account of the Pilgrims' journey. We want to share these beautiful works, which are a special tribute to the brave Mayflower passengers, by creating a display inside the Mayflower Society House. And for those who can't visit Plymouth, we want to create a "virtual tour" so all can enjoy this art.
Donations to GSMD this #GivingTuesday will provide the needed funding to display the Haywood Collection at the Mayflower Society House and create a virtual tour so they may be shared more broadly.
To display the art, we will need funding to purchase:
1. Moveable walls, a hanging system, and museum lighting;
2. UVA/UVB treatment for the windows to block out damaging light;
3. New signage;
4. Additional security;
5. and a visitors' guidebook about the collection.
And, to create a virtual narrated tour of the collection, we will create a film that will be accessible through the Mayflower Society website.
This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 to fund this significant addition to the Mayflower Society House so that members and visitors, both in person and virtually, can appreciate and enjoy these works of art in all their beauty.