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Research: Mayflower Ancestry
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This course will cover various aspects of conducting Mayflower genealogical research for those who have either already found their Mayflower ancestry or suspect they may have it and wish to find out. Included is a short history of the people you are researching - the Pilgrims, as well as the history and workings of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, with its headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

For those who have not yet found their Mayflower line you will be better able to trace your line back further and determine if you do indeed have Mayflower ancestry. For those who have already found their line, you will learn the documentation requirements to successfully prove a lineage, either for your own records, or for membership in the society, by utilizing the various resources available for New England such as libraries, archives, record offices and historical & genealogical societies. Not only are addresses provided, but also what you can expect to find at each of these facilities. We will cover primary and secondary sources, unacceptable sources, previously approved Mayflower lines and supplemental lines.

Included are samples of printed sources arranged by New England states, town histories and family genealogies and as well, a section devoted to suggestions for a Mayflower research library under the headings of Early Historical Works, Transcribed Records and Pilgrim Biographies & Histories, all of which are described.

There are many sources which are specific to Mayflower research which will be covered, such as genealogical journals, books, CD''s and internet resources. Old Style dating will be covered as will Mayflower Family Associations and just for fun - we will touch on the role of DNA testing in our research and how it can benefit Mayflower research.

Course Content

Module 1

Who Were the Pilgrims and Why Were They On The Mayflower?
• Religious Beliefs of the Separatists
• Scrooby – Where the Story Begins
• Fleeing England
• The Amsterdam & Leyden Years
• Amsterdam
• Leyden
• Lifestyles Clash – And More
• Leaving Holland – Making Choices
New England
• The Voyage of the Mayflower
• The Mayflower Compact
• Passenger List & Those Who Left Descendants
• Passengers Who Left Known Descendants

Module 2
Mayflower Research Tools & Resources
Printed Materials
• Family Genealogies
• MF and MFIPs
• Multi-Family Genealogies
Town Histories
• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
Periodicals & Journals
• The Mayflower Descendant
• New England Historical & Genealogical Register
• The American Genealogist
• The Mayflower Quarterly
Primary Records
Vital Records
• Connecticut
• Maine
• Massachusetts
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
• Vermont
Probates and Deeds
• Probates
• Deeds (or Land Records)
CD-ROMs – What's Available?
• Massachusetts vital records
• Rhode Island vital records
• Barnstable, Massachusetts Records
• Probate Records.
• New England Historical & Genealogical Register
• Massachusetts Probate Town & Vital Records
• Pilgrim Genealogies and Histories
• Early New England Settlers, 1600s-1800s
• Early Maine and New Hampshire Settlers
• Massachusetts Genealogical Records

Module 3
Mayflower Research Repositories & Internet Resources
• Repositories
• Public Record Offices
• Restrictions
• Connecticut Dep't. of Public Health
• Maine Office of Vital Records
• Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records & Statistics
• New Hampshire Bureau of Vital Records
• Rhode Island Department of Health
• Vermont Department of Health
• Archives
• Connecticut State Library
• Rhode Island State Archives
• Libraries
• Allen County Public Library
• Family History Center
• New England Historic Genealogical Society
• Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
• Mayflower Society Library
• Connecticut Historical Society Library
• Maine State Library
• Maine Historical Society
• The Sturgis Library
• New Hampshire State Library
• Rhode Island Historical Society Library
• Vermont Historical Society Library
• Genealogical & Historical Societies
• New England Historic Genealogical Society
• Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Inc.
• Maine Genealogical Society
• Maine Historical Society
• New Hampshire Society of Genealogists
• New Hampshire Old Graveyard Association
• New Hampshire Historical Society
• Rhode Island Historical Society
• Rhode Island Genealogical Society
• Newport Historical Society
• Vermont Historical Society
Internet Resources
• Mayflower WebSites
• The Mayflower Web Page
• The Pilgrims And Plymouth Colony: 1620
• The Pilgrim Society
• Plimoth Plantation
• Sail 1620
• The Plymouth Colony Archive Project
• Thru The Looking Glass
• Database & Record Sites
• New England Historic & Genealogical Society
• New England Genealogy
• Jane Devlin's
• US GenWeb Archives
• Cape Cod Gravestones
• Ye Olde Burial Grounds, Plympton, MA
• The Tombstone Transcription Project
• New England History & Genealogy Free Books
• Mailing Lists
• Subscribing
• Rules & Etiquette
• Master List

Module 4
General Society of Mayflower Decendants
• History of the Mayflower Society
• Mayflower Society House
• The Mayflower Society Today
• Historian General's Office
• Mayflower Library
• The Computer Age
Membership Information
• Who Can Join?
• State Societies
• Whom to Contact
• Application & Membership Fees
• Junior Membership
Membership Benefits
• Remembering Your Ancestors
• Safekeeping of Your Research
• Fellowship With Mayflower Cousins
• The Mayflower Quarterly
• Five Generations Project
Documenting Your Line For Membership
• Application Procedure
• Approval Process
• Previously Approved Line
• Documentation Requirements
• Primary Sources
• Secondary Sources
• Unacceptable Sources
Research Tips?
• Where to begin?
• Educate yourself
• Pre-1900 dates
• Post-1900 dates
• Can't Find the Record?

Module 5
Did You Know?
• Old Style/New Style Dating
• Julian Calendar (old style)
• Gregorian Calendar (new style)
• Double Dating
• What does it mean to us today?
Mayflower Family Associations
• Alden Kindred of America Inc.
• Allerton Family Association
• The Society of Descendants of Robert Bartlett of Plymouth, Mass.
• Billington Family Association
• The Governor William Bradford Compact
• Elder William Brewster Society
• Francis Cooke Society
• Delano Kindred
• The Pilgrim Edward Doty Society
• The Fuller Society
• Pilgrim John Howland Society
• Soule Kindred of America
• Warren Cousins
• Winslow Family Association
• Chromosomes, Mitochondria… and DNA - 101
• Mitochondrial DNA Testing
• Y-Line Chromosome Testing
• The Benefits to Mayflower Research
Mayflower Research Library
• Early Historical Works
• Mourt's Relation (1622)
• Transcribed Records
• Records of Plymouth Colony (PCR)
• Records of the Town of Plymouth, 1636-1783
• Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859
• Plymouth Court Records, 1686-1859
• Pilgrim Biographies & Histories
• The England And Holland of the Pilgrims
• English Ancestry & Homes of the Pilgrim Fathers
• Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691
• Times of Their Lives: Life, Love, and Death in Plymouth Colony
• A Little Commonwealth: Family Life in Plymouth Colony

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