The Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants (CSMD) is a member society of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD). You join the GSMD through the CSMD, and become a member of both. Why Mayflower membership?
Applicants are asked to contact our Co-Historian, who will email you a worksheet to document your direct bloodline descent from a Mayflower passenger.
Complete the worksheet with as much information and sources as you can, and email it back to the Co-Historian. Don’t worry if you lack sources. It isn’t expected that you will already have your line fully documented at this time. The Co-Historian will send your worksheet to the CSMD Historian, who will confirm the validity of your early generations, provide sources as far as he can, and assess how easy or challenging your line will be to prove. The Historian will return copies of the complete annotated worksheet to you and the Co-Historian. The worksheet will tell you what documentation is required to complete the membership requirements which will make your quest much easier. The Historian can usually tell from the dates and geographic areas you are dealing with whether you may have a problem obtaining the records needed for specific generations. Once he is confident that your line doesn’t appear to have any problem areas, you may wish to continue with the application process and pay the application fee of $55.50 (CAD). Contact our Treasurer for payment details.
All application fees are payable by cheque or money order. If you decide to continue with the application process after the Historian has reviewed your lineage, $55.50 (CAD) is payable to CSMD. Once you complete the entire application process, the Historian sends your application to the Historian General in Plymouth for approval. Your $75 (US) fee made out to “GSMD” must accompany your application.
Note that we offer a family member rate of $75 (US) for those who share parents or grandparents of one of our current members.
Once your lineage has reached the approval stage, our annual dues of $45 (CAD) are due. Details here.
If a relative has previously joined the GSMD, let us know. We will obtain a copy of that relative’s paper on your behalf and if it is well-documented, it will be invaluable to you in documenting your lineage.
If you don’t know if a relative has previously joined the society, let us know and a synopsis of your line will be sent to Plymouth to have them check for a previously approved, well-documented paper that matches your line.
Please note: the preliminary review form on the GSMD website is not an application; membership is approached through each member society directly, not the GSMD. You may wish to complete a preliminary review form yourself to have the GSMD do a search for $25 (US) for a previously approved well-documented paper.
Each Member Society, including the CSMD, follows these same requirements as set forth by the General Society.
Once the Historian has assessed your line and provided sources as far as possible, our Co-Historian will work with you as you gather your documentation. The process of documenting your Mayflower line can be rewarding. It can also be challenging. When the Co-Historian feels that you have gathered all the necessary documentation, she will send all of it to our Historian for approval. If all is in order, the Historian will send you your final application for your signature. When you return your signed application to the Historian, it must be accompanied by the remainder of the application fee, $75 (US), payable to GSMD. Your application will then be sent to Plymouth for final approval by the Historian General. Note that this approval process can take several weeks or months.
We require one copy of your documentation, sent by regular mail to our Co-Historian. Please do not email documents in attachments. Please…
The following documentation requirements are applicable to each partner society, as set forth by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants:
This is perhaps the only part of the membership process that may differ between each Member Society, therefore these comments pertain to the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants only.
Once the CSMD Historian is confident that you have completed the documentation requirements, he will complete your final lineage paper and mail it to you for your signature. When you return the signed application, we request that you also email a photograph (head shot) of yourself along with a short bio, both of which will be added to our membership database. We also ask for payment for the remainder of the application fee, $75 (US) payable to GSMD (General Society of Mayflower Descendants). Your lineage is then approved by the CSMD Historian and sent (along with your documentation and cheque) to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth for final approval by the Historian General.
Plymouth then notifies the CSMD Historian of the approval of the new member and the new member is notified of his or her acceptance. We ask for the first year’s dues at this time, $45 (CAD) payable to CSMD (Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants).
The CSMD Historian provides Plymouth the new member’s CSMD membership number. It takes about a week for the Historian General’s office to email the CSMD Historian the new member’s General Society membership number and a copy of their approved lineage paper. The membership package, including a copy of the approved lineage paper, GSMD membership certificate and latest newsletter, is then sent to the new member, along with the Governor’s official welcome. This entire process can take two months.
In addition to the General Society certificate you will receive upon your approval, you may also wish to purchase a CSMD membership certificate which is available for $5. Please provide the Historian your current mailing address if you are interested in purchasing a CSMD membership certificate.