Why Mayflower Membership?
We are all proud of our ancestors, and perhaps a little proud of ourselves for having found them. Tracing back over almost 400 years of one’s lineage is not an easy task. It takes a great deal of tenacity and can often be challenging. There is something extremely satisfying and fulfilling about researching your family history, filling in the blanks in your family tree and finding out all you can about the people from whom you are directly descended. When it comes to our Mayflower ancestors, we are fortunate that we know a great deal about their lives.
Most people join the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants to keep the memory of their pilgrim ancestors alive. They are remembered at our Society meetings, through our newsletters and in our communication with each other.
The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants is a member society of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, thus you become a member of both when your application is approved. Members receive our newsletter, Canadian Pilgrim, twice a year, as well as The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine four times a year by the General Society. Members receive a reduced subscription rate of $15 for the society’s new publication, The Mayflower Journal, to be launched in 2016 and members may also view it at no charge in the members-only section of the GSMD website. Members are entitled free use of the extensive genealogical collection in the Mayflower Library at the General Society’s headquarters at the Mayflower Society House in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Upon approval, members receive a membership certificate, suitable for framing, which names their Mayflower ancestor.
CSMD members meet once or twice a year, including the Annual Compact Meeting and Luncheon, held in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area in October.
Payments for dues can be made by PayPal (see button below), cheque or money order. If paying by cheque or money order, these should be payable to CSMD or Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants.
- Application fees: $55.50 (CAD) after lineage review, $75 (US) when your application is sent for approval by the GSMD Historian General in Plymouth
- Family member application fee is available for the children or grandchildren of a current member whose previously approved lineage meets today’s documentation requirements: $75 (US)
- Supplemental line fee (per ancestor): $55.50 (CAD) after lineage review, $75 (US) when your application is sent for approval by the GSMD Historian General in Plymouth
- Membership certificates: $5
- CSMD lapel pin: $5 at meetings
Each Mayflower member society is an autonomous organization. If you live in Canada, you may apply to us for membership in the Mayflower Society. Please see the General Society’s partner societies page for contact information for all member societies. You can have dual membership in another Mayflower member society — paying applicable annual dues to each society.
Our membership has risen from 29 members in 1980 to member number 602 in August 2015, with about 250 current members. We have an active colony in Nova Scotia. If you’re interested in forming a colony in your area, please contact us.