Thanksgiving is a time for family and food, a time to gather and enjoy. It can also be a time to share family history or family stories. Have you ever wondered if you might have a Pilgrim ancestor hiding in your family tree? The Midwest Genealogy Center and Mid-Continent Public Library have resources to help you out.
Using MCPL’s online catalog is the best way to discover Mayflower and Pilgrim resources. Search terms like "Mayflower genealogy" will get you to a number of resources in books, periodicals, and CDs. Finding your Mayflower Ancestors, The Pilgrim Migration, and Mayflower Births & Deaths are just a few of the possibilities. MGC also has the wonderful book series Mayflower Families Through Five Generations. This 37-volume set is an invaluable resource for anyone looking for Pilgrim ancestors. Many volumes have reference and circulation copies available.
In addition to books, MGC also offers a number of periodicals that specialize in Mayflower genealogy. The Mayflower Descendant comes from the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, a lineage society. You’ll be able to find articles relating to original Pilgrims as well as member submitted genealogies. The Mayflower Quarterly from the General Society of Mayflower Descendants is another great periodical resource.
MGC also has an exciting new database, AmericanAncestors.org. This database comes from the New England Historic Genealogical Society and contains over 1 billion records relating to New England-area genealogical resources. This database is only available at MGC, so be sure to ask about it on your next visit.
You can also investigate lineage societies' websites such as the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and other regional chapters from the main society. You may find useful resources for your Pilgrim ancestor hunt.
Finding Pilgrim ancestors in your family tree is always exciting and provides fun stories to share with family. Do you have any Mayflower research stories to share?
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