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.
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:
Mary (Norris) Allerton
Mrs. Elinor Billington
Mrs. James Chilton
Mrs. Sarah Eaton
Mrs. Edward Fuller
Dr. Samuel Fuller
Elizabeth (Fisher) Hopkins
Mrs. Alice Mullins
Joan (Hurst) Tilley
Mrs. Susanna White
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.