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Are you a descendant of a Mayflower ship passenger? These genealogy resources can help you trace your Mayflower ancestry. Explore the history of the pilgrims of Plymouth Colony and discover the best records to trace your early American roots. Learn how to find your Colonial ancestors using historical obituaries, newspaper articles and books.
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Photo: cover of the book “The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower.” Source: Candlewick Press. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “New Book: ‘The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower.’” https://blog.genealogybank.com/new-book-the-boy-who-fell-off-the-mayflower.html

New Book: ‘The Boy Who Fell off the Mayflower’

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Source: National Society Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims (NSSDP). Lineage Book IV. Bloomington, Minnesota: National Society, 1993. page 208. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Genealogy Tip for Researching Pilgrim John Howland’s Family History.” https://blog.genealogybank.com/genealogy-tip-for-researching-pilgrim-john-howlands-family-history.html

Genealogy Tip for Researching Pilgrim John Howland’s Family History

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Painting: “Pilgrims Going to Church” by George Henry Boughton, 1867. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Tough First Winter for Our Mayflower Ancestors” https://blog.genealogybank.com/tough-first-winter-for-our-mayflower-ancestors.html

Tough First Winter for Our Mayflower Ancestors

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Painting: “The Mayflower Compact, 1620,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1899. Source: Library of Congress. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Mayflower Hat Maker: Degory Priest” https://blog.genealogybank.com/mayflower-hat-maker-degory-priest.html

Mayflower Hat Maker: Degory Priest

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Painting: “The First Thanksgiving,” by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, c. 1912-1915. Credit: U.S. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Days of Thanksgiving Celebrated by Our Ancestors” https://blog.genealogybank.com/days-of-thanksgiving-celebrated-by-our-ancestors.html

Days of Thanksgiving Celebrated by Our Ancestors

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Poster from Mayflower400UK.com. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Light a Candle for Thanksgiving” https://blog.genealogybank.com/light-a-candle-for-thanksgiving.html

Light a Candle for Thanksgiving

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Birthday notice for Margaret (Rogers) Smith, published in the Dallas Morning News newspaper (Dallas, Texas), 23 January 1938. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Mayflower Genealogy: Finding Your Cousins Using Newspapers.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/mayflower-genealogy-finding-your-cousins-using-newspapers.html

Mayflower Genealogy: Finding Your Cousins Using Newspapers

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Painting: “Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor” by William Formby Halsall, 1882. Source: Wikipedia. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “William Halsall: Artist of ‘Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor’” http://blog.genealogybank.com/william-halsall-artist-of-mayflower-in-plymouth-harbor.html

William Halsall: Artist of ‘Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor’

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How To Research Your Pilgrim Ancestry from Mayflower Ship Passengers: http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-your-pilgrim-ancestry-from-mayflower-ship-passengersintroduction-mary-harrell-sesniak-is-a-genealogist-author-and-editor-with-a-strong-technology-background-in-this-guest-blog-post.html

Researching Your Pilgrim Ancestry from Mayflower Ship Passengers

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Genealogy Records from the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants at https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Massachusetts_Society_of_Mayflower_Descendants_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

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How to Research Your Pilgrim Ancestry from Mayflower Ship Passengers: http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-your-pilgrim-ancestry-from-mayflower-ship-passengersintroduction-mary-harrell-sesniak-is-a-genealogist-author-and-editor-with-a-strong-technology-background-in-this-guest-blog-post.html #genealogy #mayflower

Researching Your Pilgrim Ancestry from Mayflower Ship Passengers

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Full List of Mayflower Passengers in Gov. Bradford’s Newly-Restored Journal from Plymouth Plantation: http://blog.genealogybank.com/full-list-of-mayflower-passengers-in-gov-bradfords-newly-restored-journal.html?utm_source=social&utm_medium=pinterest&utm_campaign=SM_1505_19&s_referrer=social&s_siteloc=pinterest&s_trackval=SM_1505_19&kbid=69919&pq=1&prebuy=no&intver=&CCPRODCODE=

Full List of Mayflower Passengers in Gov. Bradford’s Newly-Restored Journal

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Hundreds of 1700s & 1800s Historical Newspapers Just Added to GenealogyBank! See the list: http://blog.genealogybank.com/list-of-450-historical-newspapers-just-added-to-genealogybank.html?utm_source=social&utm_medium=pinterest&utm_campaign=SM_1505_18&s_referrer=social&s_siteloc=pinterest&s_trackval=SM_1505_18&kbid=69919

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Obituary for Rev. Bailey Loring, published in the Boston Recorder newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 10 May 1860. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Are You a Descendant of Mayflower Pilgrim John Alden?” http://blog.genealogybank.com/are-you-a-descendant-of-mayflower-pilgrim-john-alden.html

Are You a Descendant of Mayflower Pilgrim John Alden?

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Man Overboard! Read Mayflower Pilgrim John Howland’s Survival Story: http://blog.genealogybank.com/man-overboard-mayflower-pilgrim-john-howlands-story.html?s_referrer=social&s_siteloc=pinterest&s_trackval=1411_14

Man Overboard! Mayflower Pilgrim John Howland’s Story

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A newspaper article about the Mayflower’s hazardous crossing of the Atlantic in 1620, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 25 November 1970. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Scary Mayflower Fact: Storm Cracked Ship’s Main Beam.” http://bit.ly/1B9yIfx

Scary Mayflower Fact: Storm Cracked Ship’s Main Beam

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An article about future Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins being shipwrecked in Bermuda in 1609, published in the Boston Herald newspaper (Boston, Massachusetts), 16 June 1957. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “New Discovery about Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/new-discovery-about-mayflower-pilgrim-stephen-hopkins.html

New Discovery about Mayflower Pilgrim Stephen Hopkins

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Obituary for Joseph A. Ordway, published in the Springfield Republican newspaper (Springfield, Massachusetts), 6 May 1904. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers: Are You a Descendant?” http://blog.genealogybank.com/mayflower-pilgrim-thomas-rogers-are-you-a-descendant.html

Mayflower Pilgrim Thomas Rogers: Are You a Descendant?

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Obituary for Jack Howland, published in the Eagle Tribune newspaper (Lawrence, Massachusetts), 2 November 2011. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Mayflower Heritage: Jack Howland Loved His!” http://blog.genealogybank.com/mayflower-heritage-jack-howland-loved-his.html

Mayflower Heritage: Jack Howland Loved His!

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Obituary for Mary-Jane Earle Hensley, published in the Daily News Record newspaper (Harrisonburg, Virginia), 3 October 2012. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “Researching Recent Obituaries for All My ‘Mayflower’ Cousins.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/researching-recent-obituaries-for-all-my-mayflower-cousins.html

Researching Recent Obituaries for All My ‘Mayflower’ Cousins

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