FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I need in order to join the Florida Mayflower Society?
You will need to document each generation between yourself and the Mayflower Pilgrim. Primary evidence consists of birth, death, and marriage certificates.
Who do I contact in order to join?
Contact the Historian at the Colony, which is geographically closest to you. You can see a map of the colonies by clicking the “colonies” link.
How can I document my lineage?
Always start with your immediate family, documenting births, deaths and marriages. In addition, many local libraries have Mayflower Families 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. This and more are explained in the Florida Guidelines. Click here to download a copy of the Florida Guidelines.
How much does it cost to belong to the Florida Mayflower Society?
Effective January 1, 2021, there are two, one-time fees: $125.00 to GSMD application fee (The General Society of Mayflower Descendants) and $40.00 to FSMD application fee (The Mayflower Society in the State of Florida). Then, there are yearly dues of $54.00.
How can I transfer my Mayflower membership to the Florida Society?
Request a transfer by contacting Florida State Historian. Your current State Historian will need to verify that you are a member in “good standing” (dues are current) and provide a copy of your approved Mayflower application to the Florida State Historian.
How can I become a member of the Florida Mayflower Society and still keep my membership in the original state?
You can become a “Dual” member but will be required to pay dues to both state societies. There is no reciprocity for life membership from other states and you will be required to pay dues to the Florida Society. The procedure is the same as a transfer.
How can I contact the historian or other officers in another state?
You can check the website for that state for contact information, or each Spring issue of the Mayflower Quarterly lists each state with names and addresses of its officers. A link to all the member societies can be found here: https://www.themayflowersociety.org/join/contact-your-member-society
What is the cost of supplemental applications?
Supplemental applications and silver supplemental applications cost the same as an original application.
Can I find out if someone has already documented my line?
Individuals seeking copies of an established lineage should contact the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) in Plymouth. Information is available at http://www.themayflowersociety.org. NOTE: The General Society charges a $75.00 fee to process a Mayflower Lineage Match, which will reveal if another person has joined the Society using the same lineage. This charge is NOT part of an application fee!
Where can I purchase the silver book on my Pilgrim ancestor?
The Mayflower Library in Plymouth. Click here to go to the Mayflower Society Page. Once there, choose “Books and More”…