Welcome to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants!

 

Jane E. Groves Riddell Hurt

Jane E. Groves Riddell Hurt 
Governor General

Hello, I am Governor General Jane Hurt. Welcome to the General Society Mayflower Descendants website! If you are reading this, you are probably interested in finding out if you are a Mayflower descendant, or you’d like to learn more about the Mayflower story. 

If you have a list of relatives leading to a Mayflower Pilgrim and you want to learn if you are a descendant, check out the Mayflower Lineage Match page. By allowing us to compare your list with the lines we have already approved, we can quickly let you know what you need to do to join our Society.

There are many reasons to join. We have Member Societies around the world in all U. S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Once you begin attending meetings close to home, you will be amazed by the friends that you will make who are also related to the Pilgrims. Learning about your heritage can be very emotional. It helps you to know who you are, how you ended up where you live, and perhaps what famous celebrities or U.S. Presidents may be your relatives. It inspires you to broaden your horizons and travel all over the world in search of Pilgrim-related history. 

By joining the Mayflower Society, you are creating history for your family. The Mayflower Society will preserve your lineage records which becomes your legacy for future descendants.

Plan to visit Plymouth, MA, called America’s Hometown, where the Mayflower landed. Once there, be sure and stop by our headquarters to see the Mayflower Society House, and the Mayflower Meetinghouse in Town Square. Both are great places to begin your trip before exploring all the Mayflower-related things to do in the area. 

It is an honor to lead an organization that is so important to American history. 

 

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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. 

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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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