Welcome to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) website!

We invite you to explore these pages to find out more about the Mayflower Pilgrims and our organization. GSMD exists to learn and disseminate information about the Pilgrims and to bring together members who document descent from that brave and committed group.


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Jane E. Groves Riddell Hurt

Governor General, GSMD



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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