The colonizing of the United States is the foundation point in history for the nation, and those who came over on the Mayflower are considered to be at the forefront of these events. Though the influx of colonists lasted for many years after the arrival of the Mayflower, it is this group of people who are the most remembered.
Can you trace your own family tree back to these original American colonists? There are many different resources online that can help you pinpoint where you tree meets the Mayflower, and where you can trace your family back from there.
The Mayflower Society – If you do have Mayflower relations in your past, you might want to think about joining or at least contacting the Mayflower Society. They have a wide range of private resources related to the people from the Mayflower, and you can network with other pilgrim descendants who are also society members.
Complete Mayflower Passenger List – This is a list of all the passengers who were on the Mayflower, and its a good place to start looking for familiar names. Each one leads to a little genealogical background on each person for further research.
Mayflower Descendants at RootsWeb – This is a message board at RootsWeb for people looking into Mayflower genealogy. Do a little networking and you might find that link you need.
Roots of the Sixty Colonists – Sixty of the Mayflower passengers are listed on this site, and their links to various levels of British aristocracy (and royalty). If you’re connected to any of these people, follow their lines to see where they lead you.
Finding Mayflower Families – This is just an article on how to go about doing Mayflower genealogy, with lots of great tips and some book suggestions. It’s not a database though so you won’t be able to do any actual family name research here.