Digitized records of Mayflower descendants now available

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"In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of this historical event, FamilySearch, AmericanAncestors.org (New England Historic Genealogical Society) and the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (the Mayflower Society) announced on Sept. 16 that more than 113,000 Mayflower Society member applications and documented descendant family trees of passengers are now freely accessible online."

https://www.thechurchnews.com/members/2020-09-16/mayflower-records-familysearch-american-ancestors-general-society-mayflower-descendants-192891
in The Tree House by Mike Wells G2G6 Mach 2 (27.3k points)
It must be an extensive database because it took 3 years to digitize!

On a side note, the US Postal Service also announced a Mayflower stamp today. You can see it here:

https://store.usps.com/store/results/stamps/history/_/N-9y93lvZ1h5t3wp?_requestid=486632

I tested out what is supposed to be the new Mayflower database on Family Search and was terribly disappointed.  It looks like they just started entering information yesterday.  William Bradford, William Brewster, and Richard Warren aren't in there at all.  John Alden and Priscilla Mullins only have one child, and William Mullins isn't in there yet.  Some people in a Mayflower Facebook group I am in said they were able to find their ancestors, so I guess it's just hit or miss at this point.

Here's a link to the Family Search Mayflower database: Mayflower Descendants • FamilySearch

I tried it, and was disappointed.

The vast majority of results I got from my search were from the Pedigree Resource File, which is typically unsourced, and frequently not reliable.

I did not see an option to filter results from Mayflower Society resources.

Am I missing something?
I guess they are not done adding the records? My 8th ggm, Patience Brewster b1700, is not there as expected.

George, you have to use the Mayflower Descendants Search, which seems to be a separate tree from their regular free-for-all tree.  All of the ID numbers on the Mayflower profiles begin with "2:2:"

Mayflower Descendants • FamilySearch

This was the link I used. I think there are some other nuances to search this data file.
Those are the three I suspect also. Are you related to Rebecca Bartlett? My 6th great grandmother.
Has anyone figured out how to search? You'd think William Brewster would be included in their records?
Mike, they've only entered a tiny amount of data at this point.  my ancestors Brewster, Bradford, and Warren are totally missing, and Alden/Mullins currently only have one child.  I think they rushed the announcement to get it out on Mayflower Day.

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Yes, I found my father and his tree back to Samuel Fuller. 

I think it may only work for people born in 1910 or earlier.

(Edited for better link.)

by John Kingman G2G6 Mach 2 (20.2k points)
edited by John Kingman

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