Resources

To aid in your research, here are several options:


Mayflower Families Silver Books
The General Society of Mayflower Descendants meticulously investigates primary records that prove the lines of descent of the passengers who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620. Originally known as the Five Generations Project, the Silver books, are now being researched beyond the first five generations and are an invaluable tool in genealogy research.
Our pink 'Mayflower Families in Progress (MFIP) booklets are Silver Books in the making. These booklets are made available while new information is being researched. Once complete, they become Silver Books. GSMD makes them available in softcover so that the information can be available to genealogists while further research is underway.

Silver Books and Mayflower Families in Progress >>


Mayflower Lineage Match - Optional. Not required for Membership. A helpful service.
Fill out our Mayflower Lineage Match form online and submit it. It will be reviewed as quickly as possible and you will receive a report on the findings with instructions on how to proceed. There is a $45.00 fee per inquiry for this service. The lineage review is not necessary in cases where a close family member has recently joined the Mayflower Society. In such cases, please contact your Member Society.

Mayflower Lineage Match >>


Helpful websites

GSMD recommends the following popular sites to help with your research:

AmericanAncestors.org >>
Ancestry.com >>
ChroniclingAmerica.loc.gov >>
CyndisList.com >>
FamilySearch.org >>
FindMyPast.com >>
Fold3.com >>
GenealogyBank.com >>
Newspapers.com >>
NewspaperArchive.com
OpenLibrary.org >>


Family Societies
Family Societies are organizations run by Mayflower descendants with a focus on a particular Pilgrim family and their lineage. Many descendants become involved with one or more Family Societies in addition to being a member of GSMD. As a member of GSMD, you can easily join one of the Family Societies we partner with and endorse. They are a great way to connect with other members who share the same families. GSMD endorses the following Family Societies:

Alden Kindred of America >>
Pilgrim Isaac Allerton Society >>
Billington Family Society >>
The Elder William Brewster Society >>
Pilgrim Peter Brown Society >>
The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society >>
The Fuller Society >>
Pilgrim Hopkins Heritage Society >>
The Pilgrim John Howland Society >>
Thomas Rogers Society >>
Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred >>
Soule Kindred in America >>
Society of Myles Standish Descendants >>
Warren Cousins >>
The Pilgrim William White Society >>
Winslow Heritage Society >>


Patriot Project
As more and more information becomes available on the Internet, descendants are reaching out to connect their Revolutionary War Patriot with the Mayflower Society.  Many Sons & Daughters of the American Revolution Societies are asking if they also have an ancestral tie to a Mayflower passenger and are interested in finding how they may become a member. The Patriot Project is a growing published list of Patriots who descend from Mayflower passengers and an effort to build a bridge between two important Societies. 

This project is a work in progress, so check back often. If you have any ideas, thoughts or suggestions, please contact Muriel Cushing at Flash1620@comcast.net

Patriot to Passenger >>

 

Our DNA Policy
Recent technological advances in DNA testing have also sparked interest in using it as evidence for genealogical research.  While an exciting option, certain criteria and conditions must be met with recognition of its limitations. For more information regarding the FTDNA project or if you have any questions, you can contact FTDNA Chief Administrator Mike Terry at mterry3158@sbcglobal.net.

GSMD DNA policy >>
ftDNA website >>

The link below answers a lot of common questions about DNA testing such as how it works, information we can gather, it's accuracy, and costs. It also features verified consumer reviews on companies that offer DNA testing kits and genealogy resources. 
DNA Testing and Ancestry Guide from ConsumerAffairs

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