World's Biggest Mayflower Lineage Database

General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920

Search for your ancestor—but please note that accessing images and transcripts will require a membership.

Now you can search for your ancestor in the world's largest database of Mayflower lineages—only on AmericanAncestors.org. This new database—called the General Society of Mayflower Descendants Membership Applications, 1620-1920—is available to anyone with an American Ancestors membership, Individual level or above.

It includes all applications and supplemental applications to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants starting from their founding in 1897 and including only applicants who were born before January 1, 1920.

The database index includes:

  • the applicant
  • their ancestral Mayflower passenger
  • the indexed birth, marriage and death information for each generation of descendants on the application

In addition, the membership number for the general society is provided. The dates of 93% of the genealogical records indexed from these applications fall between 1620 and 1920. You may find marriage and death records for dates well after 1920.

The Story Behind the Data

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 civic freedom. To honor Pilgrim ancestors and keep their story alive, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants was created in 1897. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on this historic voyage in 1620.

Through the years, the Mayflower Society has established a network of more than 150,000 descendants all over the world who form lifelong bonds, cherish the sacred memory of our ancestors and continue on their legacy through purpose, preservation, and education. For more information about this society you can visit the General Society of Mayflower Descendants website.

This database was created through a partnership of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, AmericanAncestors, and FamilySearch, and has taken more than a year to assemble. We thank the employees and volunteers of all three organizations for amazing work to make this information available online.

For Members of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants

This database is FREE to GSMD members. There is a two-step authentication process, starting at the GSMD website.

Step One: Make sure you have an account on the GSMD site -- you must be an active member of GSMD.

Step Two: You will need to sign up for a FREE guest account on American Ancestors.org.

Step Three: When you access the database, please always do so via the GSMD site.