THE SOCIETY


OBJECTIVES OF THE GENERAL SOCIETY OF MAYFLOWER DESCENDANTS


1. To perpetuate to a remote posterity the memory of our Pilgrim Fathers.
To maintain and defend the principle of civil and religious liberty as set
forth in the Compact of the Mayflower, "For the glorie of God and the
advancement of the Christian faith and honor of our countrie."

2. To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom
and to oppose any theories or actions that threaten their continuity.
To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose and steadfastness of will
of the Pilgrim Fathers to those who shall come after us,an undiminished
heritage of liberty and law.

3.To propose the interests that are common to all by the State Societies
of the Mayflower descendants which can best be served by a federal body,
and to secure united effort to discoverand publish original matter
in regard to the Pilgrims, togetherwith existing data known only to
antiquarians, and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots
made memorable by Pilgrim association.

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY

Any person able to document their descent from one or more of the following
Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society:

John Alden
Isaac Allerton
Mary (Norris) Allerton
Bartholomew Allerton
Remember Allerton
Mary Allerton
John Billington
Mrs. Elinor Billington
Francis Billington
William Bradford
William Brewster
Peter Browne
James Chilton
Mrs. James Chilton
Mary Chilton
Francis Cooke
John Cooke
Edward Doty

Francis Eaton
Mrs. Sarah Eaton
Samuel Eaton
Moses Fletcher
Edward Fuller
Mrs. Edward Fuller
Dr. Samuel Fuller
Samuel Fuller
Stephen Hopkins
Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Constance Hopkins
Giles Hopkins
John Howland
Richard More
William Mullins
Mrs. Alice Mullins
Priscilla Mullins
Degory Priest

Thomas Rogers
Joseph Rogers
Henry Samson
George Soule
Myles Standish
John Tilley
Joan (Hurst) Tilley
Elizabeth Tilley
Richard Warren
William White
Mrs. Susanna White
Peregrine White
Resolved White
Edward Winslow

Many families hold a tradition that they are descended from the Pilgrims, which often kindles an interest in finding out more. Sometimes the stories of a Mayflower heritage are true and it is easy to document a descent. More often the documentation is missing and must be researched and supplied to prove your line. The good news is that advanced research techniques, improved genealogy library collections and computerized resources have made it easier to track down your Pilgrim roots.

The best documentation to look for is vital records such as the birth, marriage, and death certificates for each person. Other documentation might be published genealogies, family documents and other official records. If you have a relative who is a member of the Society, you may be able to use their lineage documentation to help you with your research.

HOW TO JOIN

JOINING

A preliminary application is first obtained from the local colony historian. The application fee is $115.00 payable with the preliminary application, and annual dues are $34.00 payable upon election and thereafter in January. Please complete the Preliminary Lineage Form in this section and print for future reference and assistance. The colony historian is the person who can assist you with your official application. Our Colony Page on this website will allow you to see the information for colony officers in the colony nearest you.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Membership in the Florida Society of Mayflower Descendants includes membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and a subscription to its magazine The Mayflower Quarterly. You will receive newsletters from your colony and from the State Society with the opportunity to learn more about our ancestors and to share our family heritage.

RESEARCH RESOURCES

Many of the colonies supply local libraries with the Mayflower silver books, which are published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The silver books contain the first five generations of most of the Mayflower passengers. Your colony historian is available to assist you in finding the necessary documentation and help you with completion of your application.

2017 FLORIDA APPLICATION GUIDE
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Florida have prepared an application guide for persons interested in seeking membership. The guide may be downloaded by clicking on this link.
PRELIMINARY LINEAGE FORM
GENERAL SOCIETY INFORMATION


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