How to Join

Getting Started

You must start by filling out the on-line Preliminary Lineage Match form on The Mayflower Society website.

There are several benefits of doing this:

  • You will know if the Society has a member that has been accepted with your lineage and to what point

  • You will know exactly what documentation you will need to supply

  • You only pay the Application Fee if you decide to go ahead and apply for membership.

It typically takes Plymouth 5-6 weeks to complete their research and send you the resulting report. This report identifies all of the documentation which you will subsequently need to acquire and submit if you decide to continue the membership process.

When you start the application part of the process, make sure that you let the Historian know that you have used the on-line form. The Historian should already have a copy of the report and all of the information needed to prepare the Worksheet mentioned in the following Step 6. 


Please contact the State Historians for information on how to join.

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

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)