Eligibility for Membership
Any person, age 18 or older, able to document his/her lineal descent from one or more of the following Mayflower passengers is eligible to apply for membership in the NC Society of Mayflower Descendants. These passengers are signers of the Mayflower Compact with proven descendants.
Until September 2005 you could only join the Mayflower Society by proving descent from one of the 26 men who were Mayflower passengers. Now the rules have changed and you can prove descent from the three women who came on the ship as wives and whose maiden names are known.
wife of John Tilley
Eligible applicants of either sex may join the North Carolina Society without restriction as to residence.
Overview of Application Process
Our application process is completed in two-steps. First, submit a Preliminary Application with very little basic lineage information, along with the application fee. Next, prepare and submit the detailed lineage information on the Application Worksheet (there is no additional fee for processing this). Once the Application Worksheet has been approved by the State Historian, it is sent to Plymouth, MA for approval by the Historian General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants. After all approvals have been made, the State Historian assigns a State Number and prepares a certificate of membership. After the payment of the first year's dues, the certificate is presented at the next Annual Meeting.
The fee for filing a Preliminary Application is $110.00. This application fee applies to ALL applications. The fee is payable with your Preliminary Application and is not refundable, even if the line is rejected or the application forfeited. Applicants have three years from the time of approval of their Preliminary Application to send in their Application Worksheet and required documentation. After the expiration of the three-year period, anyone desiring to become a member must submit a new Preliminary Application along with another application fee in the amount applicable at that time. Make checks payable to “NC Mayflower Society”.
Annual dues are $25 per year. The first year’s dues are to be paid along with the Application Fee.
DUES AND FEES MAY BE CHANGED BY THE SOCIETY AT ANY TIME WITHOUT NOTICE.
How Do I Apply?
If you wish to submit a Preliminary Application, please click here for printable form.. Complete the form and return it, along with a check for $135.00 made payable to “NC Mayflower Society”, to the Membership Chairperson.
Ray M. Maxson, PE
You may also request a blank form from this address.
HINT: Make copies to use as first drafts and for applications for Supplemental Lines.
After your Preliminary Application and fee have been received and approved by the Membership Chairperson, a copy of the Application Worksheet, together with detailed instructions for its, completion, will be forwarded to you. When you have completed the Application Worksheet please forward it, with two copies of all documentation, to the NC Mayflower Society Historian.
Franklin N. Horton
If you have any further questions, or problems with your Application Worksheet, please contact our State Historian for suggestions or assistance.
Good luck with your application!
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Last Revised: August 26, 2015