My application has gone through and been approved by 3 historians. While there were a few glitches along the way, I’d say the process has gone very well.
In spite of a missing maiden name, two missing marriage records and a death record or two without both parents names, we think there is enough proof to move forward.
How might you make up for those missing records?
- For the missing maiden name, we have the first name of the wife on other records, that connect her to the husband, as well as her first name being used on records relating to her children
- For the missing marriage records you might provide – death certificates naming the spouse, obituaries, census records showing the two living in the same household, birth, death & marriage records from the children that name both parents, often including the mother’s maiden name
- There are probate records that can also be critical in proving relationships – please see the post from June of last year that FINALLY got me going on my process to apply to the Mayflower Society. FINALLY! Proving the father of my 3rd great grandmother, Olive Doten Hart (1805-1887–WHAT DID I FIND?
- A Note - All of the above are just suggestions and I certainly don't have the authority to say what will or will not be acceptable.
So, here is it – the official California Mayflower Society letter asking me to sign my application and return it with a check. Once the application reaches Plymouth it could take as long as 3 to 4 months to complete.
To read my other posts about my Mayflower Society application process, please click here
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