Why Mayflower Membership?
We are all proud of our ancestors, and perhaps a little proud of ourselves for having found them. Tracing back over almost 400 years of one’s lineage is not an easy task. It takes a great deal of tenacity and can often be challenging. There is something extremely satisfying and fulfilling about researching your family history, filling in the blanks in your family tree and finding out all you can about the people from whom you are directly descended. When it comes to our Mayflower ancestors, we are fortunate that we know a great deal about their lives.
Most people join the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants (CSMD) to keep the memory of their Pilgrim ancestors alive. They are remembered at our Society meetings, through our newsletters and in our communication with each other.
CSMD is a Member Society of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, thus you become a member of both when your application is approved. Membership is approached through each Member Society directly, not through GSMD. CSMD members meet once or twice a year, including the Annual Meeting and Compact Luncheon, held in the Greater Toronto/Hamilton Area in October.
Our members have had their Mayflower lineage approved using strict guidelines and reliable sources. Upon approval, members receive a membership certificate, suitable for framing, which names their Mayflower ancestor.
Members are entitled to purchase GSMD insignia to honour their Mayflower ancestor(s). Members are entitled to purchase from GSMD a bronze gravestone marker which signifies their Mayflower descent.
Members receive The Canadian Pilgrim from CSMD twice yearly.
Members receive from GSMD, The Mayflower Quarterly Magazine.
Members have free access to the extensive genealogical collection.*
*General Society`s genealogical library and staff researchers is located at their headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The CSMD depends on membership dues and other donations to operate. Annual Society dues of $45 are due by November 30th each year for the following year to avoid being delinquent (i.e. dues for 2018 are due November 30, 2017). The dues you pay include the $15 USD per member assessment that we pay to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants annually.
If you’re unsure whether your dues are paid up, please contact our Treasurer and she will tell you. Please specify on your cheque or money order which year(s) you are paying for and send it by PayPal, or to our Treasurer, Maureen McGee, 1060 Ewert St, Prince George BC V2M 2P2. Please email the Treasurer if you have any questions.
Note that these fees are non-refundable.
Lineage Review Fee
Family Member Application Fee
(available for the children or grandchildren of a current member whose
previously approved lineage meets today’s documentation requirements)
Supplemental Line Fee (per ancestor)
$55.50 (CAD) after lineage review
$75.00 (USD) when your application is sent for approval by the GSMD Historian
General in Plymouth
FREE (included with application fees)
CSMD Lapel Pin
$5.00 at meetings
Payment for dues can be made by PayPal, cheque or money order. If paying by cheque or money order, these should be payable to CSMD or Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Each Mayflower Member Society is an autonomous organization; if you live in Canada, you may apply to us for membership in the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Our membership has risen from 29 members in 1980 to member number 655 in November 2018, with about 250 current members. We have an active colony in Nova Scotia. Our colonies in British Columbia and Alberta are inactive at the present time as they are waiting for new members to help get them back up and running. If you are interested in helping or forming a colony in your province, please contact our Governor George McNeillie.