My client grew up hearing she was a Mayflower descendent. They had a framed family tree, but no documentation. I researched her roots, and it turns out the story was TRUE!
I confirmed her lineage to these six Mayflower passengers:
In the process we added new ancestors and discovered many stories. (Turns out, her father doesn't just look like Richard Gere, he's related to him through their Mayflower ancestors.)
To share the findings with her family, we worked with Family ChartMasters, creating this beautiful decorative family tree chart. Designed to honor her ancestors and pass on their rich family history to her many nieces and nephews.
When the Mayflower landed on the shores of Massachusetts there were 102 passengers aboard. Five passengers died before coming ashore and 45 did not survive the first winter. Of the surviving passengers, only 37 are known to have descendants.
Those 37 passengers now have 35 million descendants worldwide. If you can trace your ancestry back to the 1700s or 1800s in America, it might be worth a look. Especially if you share a surname with a surviving passenger.
The New England Historical Genealogical Society has some great resources for researching your Mayflower lineage. The database contains authenticated information on more than 59,450 people in the fifth generation of the Mayflower passengers known to have descendants. That "fifth generation" of descendants lived in the 1700s and 1800s, so if you can you trace your ancestors to this time, it’s worth a look.
With the 400th anniversary celebrations this year, it's a great time to research your Mayflower roots.