Thursday, January 27, 2011

New on the Shelf : Mayflower Families, John Howland Part 2

The latest volume of Mayflower Families Through Five Generations has recently been released, being the second volume outlining known descendants of pilgrim, John Howland.  To date this set of 23 volumes (32 books) continues to be the genealogical standard documenting the first five generations of descendants of the passengers of the Mayflower that arrived in Plymouth in 1620.

Although 102 individuals set sail on the Mayflower to the Americas, nearly half of them died the first winter and only 29 left descendants.  Mayflower Families is an ongoing effort to document all of the descendants of each of these 26 men and three women to five generations.  Each volume is meticulously researched using surviving records and provides the reader with thorough source citations and conclusions drawn using the Genealogical Proof Standard.

What can these books do for you?  If you are able to document your ancestry back to say the early to mid 1700's in New England, you have an opportunity to add five or more documented generations to your family tree.  Many will discover that they can claim descent from more than one pilgrim, or from some of the collateral lines that married into these families.

The General Society of Mayflower Descendants sponsors a membership program for those who can document descent from a pilgrim. Many family historians have heard traditions that they have Mayflower ancestry.  The Mayflower Families books can help you document that ancestry.  The Van Buren District Library houses the complete set that may be viewed in the Local History Collection.