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.






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

Libraries to which the Pennsylvania Society has given and maintains complete collections of the General Mayflower Society’s Mayflower Families Through Five Generations books:

Historical Society of PA

1300 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19107

The Free Library of Philadelphia

Social Science and History Dept
1901 Vine St
Philadelphia PA 19103

The Ludington Library

Bryn Mawr & Lancaster Ave
Bryn Mawr PA 19010

The Chester County Historical Society

225 N High St
West Chester PA 19380

State Library of PA

PO Box 1601
Harrisburg PA 17105

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

4400 Forbes Ave 
Pittsburgh PA 15213-4080

The Butler Area Public Library

218 N McKean St
Butler PA 16001

The Westmoreland County Historical Society

362 Sand Hill Road
Greensburg, PA 15601

Erie County Public Library

160 E Front St 
Erie PA 16507

The York County Heritage Trust

250 E Market St 
York PA 17401

Citizens Library & District Center 

55 S College St 
Washington PA 15301

Allentown Public Library

1210 Hamilton St 
Allentown PA 18102

Lancaster County Historical Society

230 North President Avenue 
Lancaster, PA 17603-3125

Easton Public Library

Marx Room 
515 Church St 
Easton, PA 18042

Wyoming Historical & Genealogical Society 

49 S Franklin St 
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

Cornerstone Genealogical Society*

144 E. Greene Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370

Albright Memorial Library

500 Vine Street
Scranton, PA 18509
*The series of books and future editions at this site were donated by the Alden-descended Breese family as a memorial to, and in honor of, the Breese family and with the intent of promoting the greater good of SMDPA.

Lycoming County
John V. Brown Library

19 East 4th St
Williamsport PA 17701

Mengle Memorial Library

324 Main Street
Brockway, PA 15824