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
- John Billington
- William Bradford
- William Brewster
- Peter Browne
- James Chilton
- Francis Cooke
- Edward Doty
- Francis Eaton
- Moses Fletcher
- Edward Fuller
- Samuel Fuller
- Stephen Hopkins
- Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
- John Howland
- Richard More
- William Mullins
- Degory Priest
- Thomas Rogers
- Henry Samson
- George Soule
- Myles Standish
- John Tilley
- Joan (Hurst) Tilley
- Richard Warren
- William White
- Edward Winslow
In order to become a member of The General Society of Mayflower Descendants, an applicant must be able to prove their lineage from one of the above individuals, using primary documentation. To learn more about the process for genealogical research, as well as the nature of primary documentation, visit our research page. For many people, the investigative work, as well as the documentation, has been accomplished, in whole or part, by another family member. Utilize all sources at your disposal. The process for becoming a member is simple, straightforward, and enjoyable. Our society Historian is ready to help you in any way possible, and will endeavor to point you in the right direction when necessary.
- Vital records of birth, marriage, and death
- Bible and church records
- Marriage bonds or licenses
- Cemetery records and mortality schedules
- Probate records
- Land records: Deeds or property distribution
- Guardianship and orphan records.
- Contemporary family letters, diaries
- Tax list
- Pension and military records
- Federal and State census records, 1850 and after
- Gravestones and mortician records
The following steps are necessary for membership:
Step One: (This step is optional). If you are not sure of your proposed lineage, you may submit a Preliminary Review Form with the General Society. For a modest fee, the Historians at the General Society will compare your proposed lineage with those of already approved members and try to determine if a match exists. This can often save hours of work trying to document an ancestor who has already been documented.
Step Two: Contact our Historian by email and express your interest in membership. You can reach the Historian by clicking here. If you have submitted the Review Form from step one, the Minnesota Historian will receive a copy of the General Society’s response and will inform you then of your next steps.
Step Three: When you receive your Preliminary application form, (a very simple one-page form), you will mail it back to the Historian with a non-refundable application fee of $150.00. When our Historian receives your preliminary application and check, she will mail you a Worksheet with clear instructions for the next step.
Step Four: When you receive the Worksheet from our Historian, she will have filled in the first four or five generations from your Mayflower ancestor. The documentation for these lines is well-established and accepted by the General Historian of the Society. It will be your job now to submit documentation for the remainder of the Worksheet. Clear directions will be included with the Worksheet.
Step Five: After you submit your documentation, our Historian will review it and advise you if there is anything lacking. When everything seems to be in order, the society Historian will type the final Application and send it to you for review and your signature. When the signed final Application arrives back to our Historian, it will be sent, with all your documentation, to the Historian General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Step Six: Wait until you hear back from us! If and when approved and elected, you will receive both a Minnesota membership number and General Society membership number, and will be contacted by our society shortly thereafter.
That may sound like quite a bit of work, and to some degree it is, but membership in the Society of Mayflower Descendants is very prestigious. It is a great honor to obtain membership in our society, and part of the reason for that is the high standard we hold in verifying the accuracy of our candidates' applications.
The contact information for our society Historian can be found on our Contact page. Good luck as you begin your research.