Society Showcase, Booth A
“You have a family tradition that you descend from a passenger on the Mayflower but have never known how to prove it.” Visit the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants booth at FGS 2014 and learn how you can trace your ancestors to find out if they were part of this adventurous group of settlers.
Following renewed interest in American History during the 1876 centennial celebration of the United States, hereditary and patriotic organizations became popular. As interest in preserving the memory of their ancestors grew, so did these groups. Since 1896, the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants has focused on gathering together “to honor and perpetuate the memory of our Mayflower Ancestors and the ideals of American freedoms and democracy …”
The goal of the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants is to “join together people who share this heritage and to carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.” The Society’s website contains information on history, bibliographies, museum, and membership opportunities.