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 discover and publish original matter 
       in regard to the Pilgrims, together with 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. 

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process is described in more detail in the Florida Application Procedures Guide available below. You will be assigned a Historian who will work with you on your application. Usually this is a Colony Historian. All Historians are volunteers and cannot do extensive genealogical research. Please understand that many persons are seeking confirmation of their Mayflower lineage and applications can sometimes take a year to complete.        

Applicants are encouraged to periodically contact their assigned Historian concerning the status of their applications. If there are further questions or concerns, please contact one of the Florida Co-Historians (contact information is on page 13 of the 2020 Application Procedures available below).

Once your application is submitted to the General Society for review, the Florida Co-Historian will inform you and give you an estimate of review time.   

2020 FLORIDA APPLICATION GUIDE


The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of Florida have prepared an application procedures guide for persons interested in seeking membership. THIS IS REQUIRED READING FOR ALL APPLICANTS.

The guide may be downloaded by clicking on this link.

MAYFLOWER LINEAGE MATCH FORM

Click here for the Mayflower Lineage Match Form and Quick Start Guide

PREVIOUS FLORIDA MAYFLOWER MEMBER?

If you are a previous member that needs to be re-instated, click here and use this form.  

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