https://mayflower.americanancestors.org/pilgrim-database

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https://mayflower.americanancestors.org/pilgrim-database has just announced that they are the largest online resource for Mayflower descendants. I thought this might help in some way. Worth a try!

asked in The Tree House by R Stephen G2G1 (1.3k points)
recategorized by Ellen Smith
Oh. I see you’re already on this! I shoulda known. Also, LDS members, or maybe Ancestry.com members? can have free access.

I’m not a member of the Mayflower Project, but when I heard the breathless news piece, my immediate thought was, I’ll bet Wikitree has more that five generations of descendants!

But still, there may be some gems hidden there to round out some of your profiles.

Happy sleuthing!
I suspect this is the data from the Silver Books. These are well researched, and well documented.

The Silver Books have been augmented by some later publications, such as Elizabeth White’s massive works on the Howland Family.

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To be clear: the linked database is for Mayflower Fifth Generation Descendants, 1700 - 1880. It is, indeed, based on the Silver Books (actually it's indexed images of the pages from the books.) The database does NOT cover the entire series - just the fifth generation books.

The database is an excellent reference for research, as the profiles include a list of references. As with any published genealogy, verify the information presented, either independently, or via the references provided. Some references are merely previously published (unsourced) genealogies; other references are published vital records, etc. The general quality of the research is similar to the better proflies here on wikitree.

EDIT: The series DOES have a few inconsistencies in the references. E.g., a couple of references for birth dates/places do not have the data cited. I haven't found conflicting information, but I could not find a record for information as cited.

answered by Bruce Veazie G2G6 Mach 5 (52.6k points)
edited by Bruce Veazie

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