Proving Your Lineage

The most difficult part of anything is getting started. It will be easier in the beginning to start with yourself and work back through the generations.

Keep in mind that you are interested in four key items: names, relationships, dates and places (birth, marriage, death).

We suggest that you use the sample GSMD Preliminary Review Form.

DO NOT FORWARD THAT FORM TO THIS STATE SOCIETY as we have no sources to verify claims beyond the first four or five generations. The best way to find if there are any further generations on file with the Mayflower Society beyond the first four or five that they have published in their Five Generation project, is to send the Preliminary Review Form listing your lineage down to you with a check for $45.00 payable to "GSMD" to: Historian General, GSMD, P.O. Box 3297, Plymouth, MA 02361-3297. The Five Generations Project publications (including the "in-progress" four generation booklets) are recognized as a source and no further proof is required for those generations if the publications are listed as the source.

The Society of Mayflower Descendants in Pennsylvania Application Member form is here.

Once you have submitted your application form you will be sent a package of instructions, a lineage worksheet and various materials containing helpful hints to get you on your way.

Access to birth and death certificates is limited to next of kin. Submit a readable copy of applicant's driver's license or other picture ID with your request. Make check or money order payable to Division of Vital RecordsClick here for more details.

Search Pennsylvania Databases online for birth, marriage, census, death, immigration, naturalization, military records and more at Ancestry.

 

Record

Cost

Dates

Ordering

Birth $10.00 (by mail)
$17.00 (by fax)
since Jan 1906

Order Online

Death $9.00 (by mail)
$16.00 (by fax)
since Jan 1906

Order Online

Birth & Death   before 1906  
  Write to: Register of Wills, Orphans Court, in county seat of county where event occurred.    
Birth   1870 to 1905 Order Online
 

Persons born in Pittsburgh or in Allegheny City, now part of Pittsburgh, from 1882 to 1905
Registrar of Wills
City-County Building
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

   
Marriage Fees vary    
 

Marriage records are not available from the Division of Vital Records. They are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the marriage license was issued

   
Divorce Fees vary    
  Divorce records are not available from the Division of Vital Records. They are usually obtained from the courthouse in the county where the divorce decree was granted.    

 

The home to SMDPA Past Lending Library Books is:

State Library of PA
PO Box 1601
Harrisburg PA 17105

A Link to all libraries to which the Pennsylvania Society has given and maintains complete collections of te General Mayflower Society's Mayflower Families Through Five Generations (known as the Silver Books) is here.