How to Connect with Your Pilgrim Ancestors to Join the Mayflower Society

Kate Eakman
Nov 4, 2020
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Speaker's Introduction
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Identify Surnames
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Compare to Pilgrim Surnames
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Silver Books
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Documentation Needed
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Match Service
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Society Chapters
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Patriot to Passenger Bridge Project
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Adoption and DNA
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

If you know or suspect you are descended from one of the original Pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts on 9 November 1620 there is still time to join the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (more commonly known as the Mayflower Society) before the November 2020 celebration of the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower. Proving your connection to a Mayflower passenger can be challenging. Tracing your ancestry back four hundred years means researching 20 or more generations to provide the necessary documentation to verify the birth, marriage, and death of each generation. This presentation will provide steps to assist you in your quest to become a member of the Mayflower Society. In addition, we will discuss how you can use DNA to become a member of the Mayflower Society.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Kate Eakman holds an M.A in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has more than 20 years of genealogical experience as well as traditional historical research and writing. Today, Kate is a Senior Researcher and General
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    4 years ago

    A lot of good information

    Brilliant webinar with lots of interesting information about the Mayflower ancestors.

    Excellent details about the step by step process to find potential or proven ancestors, then join the Mayflower Society.

    Excellent presentation and syllabus

    Excellent presention. Thanks.

    Excellent speaker. Handout was well organized and she followed it throughout her talk which helps memory when referring back to it. Like how she ended by doing a quick review of the Steps involved in making application. I bet she could teach anything. Loved the webinar. Excellent!


    Excellent, step by step explanation

    Fantastic presentation!!! Liked it alot on how Kate spoke so clearly and slowly.


    good information

    Good one

    Great handout and presentation

    Great information. Time when by too fast.

    Great step by step instructions.

    Great subject. Thank you

    GREAT Webinar, thanks

    Great webinar. She is easy to understand which is very helpful.

    I appreciate having the syllabus to refer back to when helping friends look into a possible membership. Very well organized.

    I appreciate the clear and straightforward presentation of the material and the helpful information in the syllabus.

    I appreciated the cadence of her speech. She answered my question about being a child of of Mayflower member. I will now contact the Arizona Mayflower Society historian about a path to membership. Thanks you!

    I’m already a member of the Mayflower Society but this was a very helpful webinar to assist those trying to make the connection.

    I’m really interested in the Patriot Bridge way. I know I have some patriots I just haven’t bothered doing a DAR attempt. I am curious about the bridge possibility.

    informative, as I am a member of DAR I have back 6 generations. This was good news so I can use this to prove my ancestory.

    Interesting and informative. Hopefully I can prove at least one of my two or three “Mayflower names” are actually just that. Someone on the Mayflower. I always meant to try to find that out and now I have a better chance. Thank you!!

    Interesting approach – looking at all surnames.

    It was basic and provided some useful information.

    It was very well done.

    Just great. This webinar will help me a lot.

    Kate – Thank you for sharing your proven step-by-step research methodology!

    Kate made applying sound much easier than I had thought and motivated me to reconsider my decision not to apply! Now I will add The Mayflower Society to my list of areas to pursue.

    Lovely voice – spoke slow enough these old ears could follow right along .Presentation of “steps 1-5” was very informative then briefly going over before she stopped – perfect!! Thank you for the FREE offers!!!!!

    Makes me want to get back to digging and find that link. Great info.

    My family does not go that far back in the US, but these things are good to know. Thanks

    need time to work on my trees.

    Short, sweet and to the point!

    Speaker is very knowledgeable with a logical progression of steps to identify a possible Mayflower descendant.

    terrific presentation

    Thank you very much. Great Webinar as always. TLC

    Thank you! A very informative, helpful and interesting presentation. : )

    Thank you! Very informative!


    This was so infomative – can’t wait to see if I can connect to the Mayflower.

    This was very interesting. I am pretty sure I do not have any mayflower ancestors. Mine all came from Germany mid to late 1800’s. Thank you.

    Thorough and complete presentation!

    Thorough and well-organized.

    Very encouraging & Helpful. Thank You!!!

    Very good presentation and questions .. Great info. Thank you

    Very helpful! Thanks!

    Very informative and informative interesting

    Very informative presentation. Thank you!

    Very informative!

    Very informative! I enjoyed the format and discussion very much.

    Very informative.

    Very informative.

    Very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Very Interesting. Thank you

    Very simple, and clearly presented. Excellent!

    Well done! Thanks!

    well prepared and concise


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