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Abundant Genealogy Week #43: Memorable Genealogy Moment

Article by Scott_J
Published to Family Tree Circles Blog

Week 43: Memorable Genealogy Moment .?Think back to when you first started researching your family history. Is there a memorable early genealogy moment that stands out in your mind? Describe this event or discovery and how it impacted your research going forward.

Write a journal on FamilyTreeCircles about your memorable genealogy moment.


When you do, please put ?[52 Weeks]? in the journal title somewhere so I can be sure to see it and feature it right here in this post. (I?m switching to a standard thing to put in the title, which will make it easier).

My Memorable Genealogy Moment

The moment that had the most impact on me, and what is probably the earliest genealogy memory that I have is from when I was a kid. My grandfather signed up my sister and me for a lifetime membership to the Massachusetts Mayflower Society.

30 years later, I’ve tried to do the same for my own children but alas, the Society has become much more strict on their application criteria, and I must fill in many blanks with primary sources, some of which I am afraid are not available.

While I do recognize the importance of sources, this saddens me because I feel this might give them the same jolt of excitement that I got so many years ago that has kept me interested in my own family history.

52 Weeks of Abundant Genealogy ?by? Amy Coffin ?is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2012) that invite genealogists and others to discuss resources in the genealogy community including websites, applications, libraries, archives, genealogical societies and more.

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on 2012-10-21 17:36:07

Scott Jangro is the owner of FamilyTreeCircles.com and has documented roots back to Mayflower passengers Stephen Hopkins and William Brewster. If you're wondering what he's doing when he's mysteriously absent, here's some links to other stuff he's responsible for: about.me/jangro.

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by irishgirlgreen on 2012-10-22 10:33:57

So you mentioned that you were given a life time membership to the Mayflower society. How would one go about that process these days? When looking through the stuff my husband cleaned out of his grandparent's home (prior to selling, after his grandmother passed) I found a document from a funeral pamphlet that has his family connection to Peregrine White, who was born in the harbor on the Mayflower after the arrival to America, but prior to having a settlement established. How would I go about documenting and applying for membership for my 3 children?

by Scott_J on 2012-10-22 11:12:47


In my case it was the Massachusetts Mayflower society. There are many chapters of the Mayflower Society, and experience with others may vary.

The short answer is to simply contact the Mayflower Society about membership and they'll provide you with information on what's required to be accepted as a member.

In my case, it required primary birth, marriage, and death certificates (if they weren't already well documented at the society) for each person in the line. I knew from previous experience that a few of these would be problematic, so I didn't pursue it from there. The fact that I was already a member didn't help as they got more strict in their documentation requirements since I was admitted. I'll pick it up again some day. Maybe when I have grandkids I'll be motivated to give it another go.

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