How to Join

Getting Started

We recommend starting the process by filling out the Mayflower Lineage Match form on The Mayflower Society website. https://themayflowersociety.org/genealogy/explore-your-roots/mayflower-lineage-match/


The purpose of the Mayflower Lineage Match service is to determine what portion of your Mayflower lineage has already been documented in a previously approved application, and for what portion you will need to provide documentation. After comparing your proposed lineage to the vast database of previously approved lineages, a detailed report on the findings, along with instructions on how to proceed with the
membership process will be sent to you.
Note: This is not an application for membership and there is a non-refundable $75.00 fee for this service. Click on this link to get to the form: Mayflower Lineage Match

After receiving the results of your Mayflower Lineage Match, please contact a Texas Mayflower Society Historian to determine what documents you will need to prove your lineage and to prepare your final application for membership. Once complete, your application will be sent to The Mayflower Society in Plymouth, Massachusetts for verification and approval by the genealogy department. (When you start the application part of the process, make sure to let the Texas Mayflower Society Historian know you have used the Mayflower Lineage Match form.)
Membership fee: $220.00 This sum includes non-refundable Lineage Assessments and the Per Capita Assessment for the calendar year in which the application is approved.

Below are the primary and secondary sources that the Society will accept for admission. If you have any questions or need guidance in obtaining the required information, please contact the Historians at historian@texasmayflower.com

Primary Source Evidence

(From the Historian's Manual)

  • Vital Records of Birth, Marriage or Death, etc., Church Records, Bible Records which provide relationships w/Title Page, if possible

  • Marriage Bonds and Licenses, Deeds, Probate Records, Guardianships or Orphan's Court Records

  • Military and Pension Records Cemetery and Morticians Records (usually for death only)

  • Family Letters and Diaries of that time period will be considered

Secondary Source Evidence

  • County & Town Histories, Family Genealogies (published only)

  • -Federal & State Census (from 1850 to 1930...if relationships are not shown, will be considered Circumstantial Evidence only)

  • Newspaper Obituaries, Newspaper Marriage Accounts;

  • Photocopies of the photos of Gravestone Inscriptions

  • Affidavits (dependent upon time period)

Other Sources That May Be Considered

  • Employment Record-private Industry,

  • Business/Trade License Apps,

  • Letters from Town Clerks and Town Historians,

  • Orphanage, Asylum, Prison Records,

  • Cemetery Associations,

  • Masonic Records,

  • Burial Permits,

  • School Records,

  • Social Security Application,

  • Social Security Death Index (must have document)