Did you know the Mayflower compact was signed 400 years ago today?

+7 votes

The Mayflower Compact was signed on 11 November 1620 aboard the Mayflower while anchored off what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts. Caleb Johnson has written an interesting article about it on MayflowerHistory.com

I'd like to suggest that all of our Mayflower Project members, and anyone with a Mayflower ancestor, commit themselves to developing one profile of one of their Mayflower family members, perhaps one of the descendants born in the second through fifth generations which could use some loving care. 

  • Look through your lineage, find a profile with a pre-1700 birth that needs work.
  • Put a comment on it to let others know your intention to develop it.
  • Make your ancestor proud.

Work from the list of Reliable Sources (i.e. not family trees, unsourced genealogies, etc.) and let's see what kind of magic can be created.

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bobbie Hall G2G6 Pilot (273k points)

If you think you might have Mayflower ancestors, one easy way to see what profiles are in the lineage between you and your Mayflower ancestor(s), is to use the Ancestor Listmaker tool, available from the Family Tree and Tools menu on any open profile. If you (or whatever profile you enter into the first field) are related to a Mayflower passenger, you will quickly know, and have some profiles to go take a look at.

To use the Ancestry Listmaker app, enter your Wikitree ID in the 1st line, select generations as 20, and select 'Mayflower Passengers' in the List type drop down list.  Then select Generate List.

2 Answers

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I'll work on my ancestors. I've been meaning to do this all year. Thanks for the reminder!
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (277k points)
Bravo! Which line are you thinking about?

I have several lines. Today I started work on the 5 generations in my Alden/Mullins line (Alden-4, Standish-108, Soule-111, Sampson-1488, and Perkins-5182). I also have lines from Hopkins (3 of them), Soule and Standish. 

I don't have any of the silver or pink books, so I can't verify those citations, but I can add other sourcing, expand the bios a bit, double check the sources I can access, and make the profiles look a bit nicer. The profiles I work on won't be "checklist-worthy" as I don't have the Mayflower books. 

Sorry I forgot to post profile comments ... will do that moving forward.

All assistance of this quality is appreciated, Traci. It save a lot of effort later.
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Nov 11th on the old calendar, which makes it Nov 21st on the modern calendar.

by R Prior G2G5 (5.4k points)
Oh, of course you had to catch that! Perhaps I'll repost on 21 November?
Please do ... I need all the reminders I can get! :D
Agreed, all the reminders!

Although with 13 Mayflower ancestors I've been plotting this date for a while and have been working on other lines to see if anyone else predated the Pilgrims arrival or Peregrine's birth and despite multiple connections to Jamestown, the answer appears to be a No. Although I did find a Native connection and a group of Quaker (1682) connections I didn't know about with all this extra research.

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