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Documenting Mayflower Descendants for the 400th Anniversary

In four years we will be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s arrival in the New World in 1620. To honor that special anniversary, I’m working hard to document all the Mayflower descendants I can find.

Recently I found another Mayflower descendant: Merton Chesleigh Lane (1893-1975), formerly of Tacoma, Washington. He wasn’t in the large online family tree sites – but he is now.

Seattle Daily Times (Seattle, Washington), 19 November 1961, page S-3

I spotted him because he was interviewed in the Seattle Daily Times when he was “recently elected governor of the state (Mayflower) society.”

The article noted that he was the “tenth (generation) from John Alden and Thomas Rogers and ninth from William Bradford, William Brewster, Edward Doty, George Soule, Richard Warren, Edward Winslow and William White.”

Great – that makes us related via almost all of these Mayflower passengers. With that information I added him to my online family trees and began the process of reconfirming and documenting his multiple lineages back to the Mayflower.

Are you doing your part?

Pay it forward and take the time to search for Mayflower descendants in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives and document your discoveries in your online family tree sites.

I want to make it easy for all genealogists to discover their Mayflower roots – and GenealogyBank is helping me do just that.