NEHGS launches online gallery of Pilgrim descendants

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) invites those descended from a Mayflower passenger to become part of a living Pilgrim history through its new interactive online gallery at Mayflower.AmericanAncestors.org.

Yesterday, NEHGS launched a interactive website that presents the most authoritative biographies to date of the Pilgrims who set sail for a new world 397 years ago — available for free for the first time.

At Mayflower.AmericanAncestors.org — the world’s first online gallery of Pilgrim descendants — NEHGS is documenting the ever-increasing diaspora of an estimated 30 million living descendants of the original Mayflower passengers around the world.

Descendants are invited to commemorate their connection and heritage to the Mayflower passengers and crew by placing their name, photograph, and other identifiers in an online gallery — immediately joining a virtual community of people worldwide who share Mayflower ancestry. Participation is free.

The website’s content is the result of years of study by scholars at NEHGS. It provides authoritative biographies of each Mayflower passenger. Data presented is culled from profiles created through the renowned Great Migration Study Project at NEHGS.

In the section, Meet the passengers, the website lists the names of 108 passengers and crew members and highlights those known to have left descendants, allowing participants to link directly to the Pilgrim who is part of their family tree. Those who are uncertain about their genealogical relationship to the Pilgrims may access other resources offered by NEHGS to explore a possible family relationship to them. It also leads to resources that may help with one’s search for other ancestors from this era to the present.

A world map illustrates the location of Pilgrim descendants from all over the world and allows users to click on each for more information from the descendant’s own profile. The site provides an experience that both educates and engages participants in becoming a living part of the Mayflower story.

The new website from NEHGS is part of the organization’s preparation for the commemoration in 2020 of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s passage and landing on American shores, and is the NEHGS portal for all 2020-related announcements and events. As the year 2020 approaches, NEHGS envisions that participation in the online gallery will include thousands of living Pilgrim descendants from around the world as the website itself expands to include additional features commemorating the Mayflower experience.

Even if you are absolutely sure about not being descended from a Mayflower passenger or crew member, this online gallery is worth exploring.

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