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Genealogy Tips: Searching for Mayflower Passengers Named in Modern Obits

Genealogists love their ancestors—as well as the fact that family history connections are often mentioned in modern obituaries.

Have you ever noticed how common it is for these obituaries to describe the name of their ancestor who came over on the Mayflower or fought in the Revolutionary War?


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Use that to your advantage. If you're searching for someone whose ancestry goes all the way back to the Mayflower, then include the keyword "Mayflower" and that ancestor's name in your search.


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For example, if you were looking for the obit of someone descended from Mayflower passenger Samuel Fuller in the Recent Obituaries search page, you could type in: Mayflower, Samuel Fuller. This search will find all obituaries that mention this Mayflower passenger.

This particular search found 51 obituaries.


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Since each person in these 51 obituaries is the descendant of a common ancestor, Mayflower passenger Samuel Fuller, we know that all of them are relatives.

You will then want to research and document each generation back to this Pilgrim ancestor to confirm these new members of your family tree.