Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower?
Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower? A quarter of
Americans believe that they are descendants of the 26 Englishmen who
came over on the Mayflower, survived a harsh winter and celebrated the
first Thanksgiving at Massachusetts' Plymouth Colony in 1621, according
to a recent Scripps-Howard News Service/Ohio University poll. But fewer
than half of those who think they're descendants of the original
Pilgrims can possibly be right. According to the General Society of
Mayflower Descendants, the best estimates indicate that more than 35
million people worldwide can count at least one of those 26 Pilgrims as
an ancestor. That's a huge number of descendants. But consider that
one-quarter of the US population would be roughly 70 million people,
twice the total number of actual Mayflower descendants worldwide. It
gets worse: The society has only about 25,000 members who've been able
to document their ancestry to meet modern research requirements. For
more information, see the society's Web site at <www.mayflower.org>. A history of the Pilgrims is at <www.rootsweb. com/~mosmd/>. You can find links to other Pilgrim genealogy sites at <pilgrims.net/plymouth/ROOTS/>.