|Depiction of the signing of the Mayflower Compact|
When I began my genealogy journey back in 2000 I only hoped to learn more about my grandparents and great grandparents and maybe…..who knows, a little further back?
Somewhere along the way, I began to understand that I might be able to join the DAR. After all, my maternal grandmother (our family historian before me), always said we could be members.
Mission accomplished – I was sworn into the DAR on 6 Feb 2010 under my Patriot, Anthony Bowen, my 5th great grandfather.
NOW, the next BIG step – could I prove a line back to the Mayflower?
Since I have several brick wall ancestors (yes, still) and since I have 4 great grandparents who came over from Europe in the late 1800’s, how many do I have to choose from, who could have come from a line who came here in 1620?
I haven’t spent every waking hour doing Mayflower research. I’ve only dabbled here and there. I’ve spoken to their members at various conferences and watched my friend and fellow blogger, Debby Warner Anderson, go through her application and induction process. I now attend local Mayflower Society meetings with her and another genealogy friend. These meetings have gotten me more excited about being a member.
I will cut to the chase here. I’ve always thought, given what few people I have to choose from, that my best bet would be my paternal 3rd great grandmother’s line. I believed she could be connected to the DOTY/DOTEN line of Edward Doty, Mayflower passenger.
Who is she?
Olive G. DOTEN (about 1805-10 Apr 1887) who married Henry Hart. I have written about my long journey to find a connection between her and her alleged parents, Isaac Doten, Sr. & Sally Follett. You can read about my big find here FINALLY! Proving the father of my 3rd great grandmother, Olive Doten Hart (1805-1887–WHAT DID I FIND?
Is that big find, solid enough proof when taken together with other evidence? I don’t know. Will it stand up to the rigorous application process? I don’t know.
Once I published that blog post I heard from a reader who is a descendant of the Doty/Doten line. She sent me some great information which gives me hope.
As of today, I have downloaded the Preliminary Review Form, filled it out and it’s ready to go in the mail this afternoon. WOOHOO! It’s a start.
I’ll keep you all informed as I take this journey. Let’s hope it is a journey and not a dead end.
- Have any of you applied to join the Mayflower Society?
- If so, how long did it take you to complete your application process?
- Was it difficult?
- Did you succeed?
- What advice would you give someone like me?
- Wouldn't it be great to be admitted in 2020 - the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower?
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