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Membership Information and Applications

OBJECTIVES:

"To perpetuate the memory of our Mayflower Ancestors, and to preserve their records, history and all facts relating to them, their ancestors and their posterity. To maintain and defend the principle of civil and religious liberty as set forth in the Compact of the Mayflower, "For ye glorie of God, and advancement of ye Christian faith, and honor of our ...Countrie."

"To cherish and maintain the ideals and institutions of American freedom, and to oppose any theories or actions that threaten their continuity.

"To transmit the spirit, the purity of purpose and steadfastness of will of the Pilgrim Fathers to those who shall come after us, an undiminished heritage of liberty and law.

"To secure united effort to discover and publish original matter in regard to the Pilgrims, together with existing data known only to antiquarians. and to authenticate, preserve and mark historical spots made memorable by Pilgrim association."
—Article II, Constitution of Society in Pennsylvania

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS:

Proof of lineal descent (a "blood line") from a passenger of the voyage of the Mayflower which terminated at Plymouth, New England, in December 1620 shall be eligible for membership.

The 29 passengers from whom descent has been proven are:
Alden, John Fisher, Elizabeth Priest, Degory
Allerton, Isaac Fletcher, Moses Rogers, Thomas
Billington, John Fuller, Edward Samson, Henry
Bradford, William Fuller, Samuel Soule, George
Brewster, William Hopkins, Stephen Standish, Myles
Browne, Peter Howland, John Tilley, John
Chilton, James Hurst, Joan Warren, Richard
Cooke, Francis More, Richard White, William
Doty, Edward Mullins, William Winslow, Edward
Eaton, Francis Norris, Mary  


Descent from passengers Allerton, Billington, Brewster, Chilton, Cooke, Eaton, Edward Fuller, Hopkins, Mullins, Rogers, Tilley and White includes descent from their wives or children who were passengers aboard the Mayflower.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Preliminary application- Proposal for Membership

Every applicant shall complete in full a Proposal for Membership (see below for downloading instructions). Detach and email pages 3 and 4 to the State Historian whose email address appears on page 1.

The State Historian will have the Plymouth General Society find the closest approved membership record which follows the Proposal for Membership. Plymouth will indicate how far the lineage of the approved member record matches the applicant.

The State Historian will inform the applicant of the findings from Plymouth. The applicant will need to provide documentation from the last generation matched by Plymouth down to themselves.

Final Application Procedure

The State Historian will email the applicant a Worksheet. The applicant will use the worksheet as a guide to assure that all generations are completely documented.

Throughout the search for documentation the Historian and the assistants to the Historian will be available to give the applicant ideas where various pieces of information can possibly be found.

Acceptable Information:

Complete documentation (primary evidence) is a birth certificate, marriage certificate, and death certificate mentioning parents names for the line carrier and the spouse. This is required for all births, marriages and deaths after 1900.

Prior to 1900 secondary evidence is acceptable.

Examples of secondary evidence are Bible records, transcriptions of town records, Federal Census Records, published family histories, town histories, church records, etc.

When the applicant has obtained the necessary documentation the Worksheet and documentation can be emailed or hard copy sent to the Historian for review. Do not send original copies of documentation as these documents will not be returned.

The Historian or the assistants to the Historian will review the Worksheet and documentation. If any additional information is needed the applicant will be informed what is needed.

When all necessary documentation is complete a final application will be completed.

The applicant will need to inform the Historian at this time if the application is for an Annual Membership or a Lifetime Membership.

The completed Mayflower Application will be sent to the applicant for signature.The signed application and a check for the appropriate amount will be returned to the Historian.

Application Fees of the Society in Pennsylvania are as follows:
General Society Examination Fee
(original and supplemental)*
$75.00*
Membership Certificate
(original and supplemental)*
$20.00
Annual Dues
$40.00
* = Not applicable to Transfer or Dual Memberships
TOTAL=$135.00
 
Dues for Regular (Senior) Members (18 years of age and older)
Life (one-time single payment)
$1020.00 to $700.00
Annual
$40.00
 

Dues for Junior Members (must join before 18th birthday)

Junior Annual (no documented lineage papers filed and not recognized as members by the General Society) household dues.

$15.00 for All Juniors in a
member household

Plymouth Review

When the application has been approved a copy of the application will be emailed to the approved member. The application returned is a corrected form of the application. Use the corrected copy for all future applications based on this approved member.

If Plymouth requires additional documentation, the applicant will be notified.

If the application is rejected the applicant will be notified and why.

Certificate

The applicant will need to inform the Historian how he/she would like the certificate to read.

The approved member’s name will be read at the next Board meeting.

The Registrar will mail the new member the Mayflower certificate.

Step Action By Step Action
1a Find Preliminary Application form on GSMD website Applicant 1b Find Preliminary Application form on SMDPA website
2a Submit Preliminary Application online with payment Applicant 2b Mail Preliminary Application to Historian
3a Run the line Plymouth 3b Open Historian's file for Applicant
4a Notify Applicant and State Historian of results Plymouth 4b Verify the first 5 generations
5a Open Historian's file for Applicant Historian 5b Submit Preliminary Application to Plymouth
      6b Run the line
      7b Notify Applicant and State Historian of results
8 Send formal application and assistance documents to Applicant Historian    
9 Obtain backup documents for lineage claim and submit to Historian Applicant    
10 Verify submitted documents Historian    
11 Fill out Final Application Historian    
12 Annotate Final Application with citations Historian    
13 Obtain payment for dues/final application review Historian    
14 Submit final application and backup documentation Historian    
15 Review final application Plymouth    
16 Notify Historian of acceptance/rejection Plymouth    
17 Assign State number Historian    
18 Assign General Society number Plymouth    
19 Notify Applicant of acceptance Historian    
20 Notify Registrar of new member Historian    
21 Create certificate and mail to Applicant Registrar    

All Fees and Dues are established by the SMDPA Board of Assistants & are Subject to Change

To download the membership application in Adobe Acrobat™, follow these instructions:
1. CLICK HERE for the application in Adobe Acrobat (PDF 179KB).
2. Print the membership application.
3. Complete the application, and be sure to sign the appropriate lines and mail it in.

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