Welcome to the official Minnesota Society of Mayflower Descendants website. We are a non-profit, hereditary state society dedicated to preserving and recording our Mayflower ancestors through historical research, genealogy, and education. Our members have documented direct descent from one or more passengers who sailed from Holland and England to Plymouth, Massachusetts aboard the ship, Mayflower. The passengers sought religious freedom by crossing the Atlantic in 1620 and forming Plymouth Colony. The Pilgrims drafted and signed an agreement that formed a simple self governing community founded upon democratic principles. The Mayflower Compact is considered to be the precursor of the Constitution of the United States of America. Twenty six men and three women of the original 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower have descendants. Genealogists estimate that today, there are over twenty million living persons who descended from the twenty nine Pilgrims.
The Minnesota Mayflower Society was organized on March 9, 1932 by Mayflower Descendants living in the State of Minnesota, to preserve the history of our Mayflower ancestors. Our members keep their memory alive through genealogy, historical research, education, library donations, preservation of historic records and sites. We have three meetings a year, a Compact Luncheon in November commemorates the signing of the Mayflower Compact on November 11, 1620. The Compact Luncheon includes a roll call of each Pilgrim and members stand and each counted for representing their Pilgrim or in some cases Pilgrims. It’s a chance to “meet your cousin,” or at least sneak a peek. The April and August meetings are generally at one of Minnesota’s historic sites throughout Minnesota. The meetings include historical and educational speakers who make history come alive. Currently we have over 400 active members in our society.
You are eligible to join our society if you can provide documentation that you are a direct descendant of a passenger who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. We invite you to learn more about our Society and encourage you to attend our meetings.