Membership in the Mayflower Society requires a rigorously proven descent from a Mayflower pilgrim. But if you have documentation that strongly suggests that you may be descended from a passenger on the Mayflower voyage of 1620 that terminated on the shores of New England at Plymouth, you may be eligible to join the Society. If you are interested in joining the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the District of Columbia, please contact Historian Richard Schlapia at

For anyone who wishes to verify their research, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD) will compare your lineage with the approved papers in their files to determine what part of your line is already documented. The non-refundable cost is $25. The link to the GSMD website is:

If you have researched your line and are reasonably confident that you can prove your descent from a Mayflower passenger with a recognized line, please complete our Preliminary Review Form. The form should include your direct family line to a Mayflower ancestor. You do not need to send supporting documents at this time, but you may send any previously approved Mayflower applications that support your line. Your Preliminary Application Form will be reviewed by us and we will provide instructions on how to proceed:  DC Mayflower Preliminary Review Form

There were 102 passengers aboard the Mayflower, including 50 men, 20 women and 32 children.  Any person able to document their descent from one or more of the following 51 Mayflower Pilgrims is eligible to apply for membership in the Mayflower Society:

John AldenFrancis CookePriscilla Mullins
Bartholomew AllertonJohn CookeWilliam Mullins
Isaac AllertonEdward DotyDegory Priest
Mary (Norris) AllertonFrancis EatonJoseph Rogers
Mary AllertonSamuel EatonThomas Rogers
Remember AllertonSarah EatonHenry Samson
Elinor BillingtonMoses FletcherGeorge Soule
Francis BillingtonEdward FullerMyles Standish
John BillingtonMrs. Edward FullerElizabeth Tilley
William BradfordPeter BrowneJohn Tilley
Love BrewsterJames ChiltonJoan (Hurst) Tilley
Mary BrewsterMrs. James ChiltonRichard Warren
William BrewsterMary ChiltonPeregrine White
Peter BrowneGiles HopkinsResolved White
James ChiltonStephen HopkinsSusanna White
Mrs. James ChiltonJohn HowlandWilliam White
Mary ChiltonRichard MoreEdward Winslow

The DC Mayflower Society also maintains a collection of nearly 700 books, including vital records and 17th century history.  We are currently seeking a new home for this collection.