In 1620, a brave group of 102 men, women and children sailed across the Atlantic on the Mayflower, searching for a life of religious and civil freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and to keep their story alive, The Mayflower Society was created in 1897. It is the goal of the Mayflower Society to join together people who share the Pilgrims’ lineage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.
Any person able to document their direct descent from one or more of the Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership to the Mayflower Society.
Why Join The Mayflower Society?
When you join The Mayflower Society, you preserve your family’s genealogical history. You document, for generations to come, the legacy of your courageous Mayflower ancestors and the generations that followed, many who continued to demonstrate a brave and trailblazing spirit by forging paths westward throughout our nation.
For the amateur genealogist, you can take pride knowing that the gold standard in lineage societies has thoroughly reviewed and verified your family’s lineage. Your documents become a part of a vast repository available for future researchers (NOTE: documents are not available for review until 100 years after the event they record).
Additional benefits include...
- Official verification of your lineage and official Mayflower Society Membership Certificate
- Storage of your family’s lineage papers in our vault
- Invitations to Pilgrim-related events
- Exclusive Members Only area of our website with reports from our committees, updates from our Governor General, and your own personal profile
- The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine delivered to your mailbox quarterly
- Free electronic access to the Magazine
- Members’ jewelry, insignia and grave markers
- Organized trips through The Mayflower Society to historic Pilgrim sites in the U.S., Canada, England and Holland
- Children and grandchildren of Members are eligible to apply for scholarships
- Free tours of the historic Mayflower Society House (built by the great-grandson of Pilgrim Edward Winslow in 1754)
- Free admission to the Genealogical Research Library (by appointment)
- Discounted subscription to NEHGS website AmericanAncestors.org
- Information about Family Society partners
- Triennial Congress to gather with other descendants
- Opportunities to serve in local and General Society officer positions
- First to know about new Mayflower Society publications!
How do I join?
Membership is handled through our 54 Member Societies. To become an approved member of The Mayflower Society, your first step is to contact one of the Member Societies and work with the historian of that Society on your application.
Please visit the Join page for details.
Click here for information about Member Societies including contact information.