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 $75 are due by November 30th each year, for the following year. The $75 annual Membership dues you pay include the $35 USD per member assessment that we pay to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants annually effective 1 January 2021.
Effective 1 January 2021 GSMD no longer allows individual applicants to pay the GSMD application fee of $125 USD when their application is sent to Plymouth. Henceforth these payments must be made by CSMD after the applicant has paid the fee to CSMD using the same options available for payment of membership dues. The charge for the application fee payable to CSMD will be $175 CDN.
If you’re unsure whether your dues are paid up, please contact our Treasurer for verification. Membership dues may be paid by PayPal or by e-transfer. You can use PayPal or send your payment by e-transfer to email@example.com. Please email the Treasurer if you have any questions.
Note that these fees are non-refundable and in CAD unless specified.
Annual Society Dues (including $35 (USD) per member assessment)
Preliminary Administrative 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)
$70.00 for Preliminary Administrative Review
$175.00 payable 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
Payments for membership dues, lineage review fees, supplemental line fees and replacement certificates can be made by PayPal (by clicking the button to the right), cheque or e-transfer. Payments by cheque should be payable to CSMD or Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants. Payments by e-transfer should be payable to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 745 in January 2022, with about 247 current members (January 2022). In 2021, 40 Certificates for new members or supplemental applications for existing members were approved. 40 applications were submitted to Plymouth for either new members or supplemental applications in 2021. There is a delay of approximately six months in processing applications in Plymouth so many of the applications submitted in 2021 will not be approved until the first half of 2022. 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 Bill Curry.
We have an active Junior Member program geared towards individuals under the age of 18. This program is administered for us by the Nova Scotia Colony of the Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants. For more information on the Junior program, please click here.