Membership — General Information
Memberships and junior memberships are available for California residents through the California Mayflower Society in Oakland, not the General Mayflower Society in Plymouth. Anyone who can document descent from a Mayflower passenger can apply for Mayflower Society membership:
* Includes descent from a wife or child
** Includes children by her first husband
*** Died first winter; descendants in the Netherlands
Genealogy library collections and computers make it easier to find your ancestors. “Silver Books” trace the first five generations of Mayflower descendants and are available at genealogy libraries: on the peninsula (San Mateo Genealogical Society), Santa Clara, Oakland, and online. The Patriot to Passenger Project is helpful for generations six–eight. Research assistance is available at local Family History Centers. Free databases such as Family Search and census records are useful, and there's free access to subscription databases (e.g. Ancestry) at genealogy libraries. It may be relatively easy if a family member's documentation is already on file with the Mayflower Society in Plymouth. Having the General Society certify our lineage gives us pride in our ancestry, and satisfaction knowing we are descendants of early settlers of our country.