Well, my research skills have paid off and I was able to prove my ancestry lineage for the General Society of Mayflower Descendants! Last year I was able to prove the lineage to the Alden Kindred Society. (See post It’s Official!! I Proved it!)
I never knew anything growing up of my Mayflower heritage. In the early 1990s while visiting my maternal Grandmother in upstate New York I asked about local cemeteries. When she realized my interest in genealogy she told me about a Minister who had stopped by once a few years before to ask her questions about her parents, etc. She showed me a large envelope that had arrived with information. I asked to take it and look at that evening. While reviewing the paperwork I realized a lineage back to John and Priscilla Alden of the Mayflower. Imagine my excitement! A determination began in me to either prove of disprove the information I had found.
In 1995 I took my son and friend’s two daughters to visit the replica of the Mayflower, Plimoth Plantation and the John Alden Historic Site in Duxbury. How exciting to retrace my ancestors’ steps and know where they had lived. It has taken me over 25 years to find the time to do the actual research but I have finally proven it for the Alden Kindred of America and now Mayflower Society. At times it was very frustrating trying to find the records necessary as well as an exercise in patience, but I did it!!
If you have any corrections, additions or stories to share I look forward to hearing them.
Enjoy the journey,