I have been actively researching my genealogy for over 20 years and my mother was a genealogist who started 20 years before that. She was actively researching her Bliss, Courtney and Roland lines before she passed in 2004. I picked up her work and found many revolutionary war figures and joined the SAR through one of them, Levi Bliss. Our Bliss family originates in Rehobeth, Massachusetts pre 1650.
I knew nothing of a Mayflower connection until a cousin I met through DNA mentioned it had been rumored. Sure enough, after lots of searching, I discovered a Roland great-grandfather married a Doane who was descended from a Snow who was Constance Hopkins descendant. And then I discovered Stephen Hopkins and have been blown away by all that he did, as well as all of the other Mayflower passengers.
I suspect I also am related to Priscilla Mullins, although I am not sure how. We share a MtDNA haplogroup, H6a1a9, which is not necessarily rare but it is very specific. Currently, I'm pursuing that research.
If I can help other descendants discover their links, that would be great. I think it is easier for those whose ancestors stayed on the Eastern seaboard. But my ancestors went to Wilmington, NC, and then to western North Carolina and through the Cumberland Gap with Daniel Boone to Kentucky. There was record keeping back then, but gathering and preserving those records was spotty. Birth records especially are difficult to find, so putting together a Mayflower Society application for the 1800's in the Midwest is challenging because one must often rely on multiple supplemental documents to prove lineage. That was an issue for me. I didn't have to prove the connection to Stephen Hopkins up to 1801, but documents my ancestors from 1800 - 1875 in particular proved challenging. I think I did it. I hope I did it and I submitted the application 2 weeks ago after 3 years of working with the Mayflower historian. Fingers crossed.
That's me and what I've been up to.