How do your Mayflowers grow?

If April showers bring May flowers, what do Mayflowers bring?


If you’d like to research your Pilgrim ancestors, try searching our library catalog for “Mayflower”, “Pilgrim” and “Plymouth”, and see what we have available. Or try our subscription databases from home! (DPL library card required) Search the book collection on Heritage Quest or check out images of postcards from the Boston Public Library collections on Footnote.

Here are some of the Mayflower resources available at the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center of the Davenport Public Library.


–    General Society of Mayflower Descendants. Meetings, officers and members arranged in state societies, ancestors and their descendants (1901); Proceedings of the general congress, 1915-1933. (SC 973.2 GEN); Mayflower ancestral index (SC 973 TER)

–    Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. Pilgrim notes and queries, 1913-1917 (SC 974.4 PIL); Officers & committees, membership roll, publications, by-laws, 1916 (SC 973.2 MAS)

–    National Society of Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims. Lineage Book (SC 929.3 NAT)


–    General Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Mayflower quarterly. Vols. 47 -current , 1981-current (SC 974.4 MAY)

–    Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants. The Mayflower descendant: a quarterly magazine of Pilgrim and history – Microfiche vols. 1-34 (index available); bound vols. 35-48, 1899-1998 (SC 974.4 MAY)

Vital & other records:

–    Ames, Azel. The May-flower and her log, July 15, 1620-May 6th, 1921: chiefly from original sources (SC CLOSED STACKS 974.4 AME)

–    Bangs, Jeremy Dupertuis. Indian deeds: land transactions in Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691 (SC 929.3 BAN)

–    New Plymouth Colony. Records of Plymouth Colony; birth, marriages, deaths, burials, and other records, 1633-1689 (SC 974.482 NEW)

–    Plymouth (Mass.) First Church. Plymouth Church Records, 1620-1859 (SC 974.482 PLY)

–    Records of the town of Plymouth (SC 974.482 PLY)

–    Roberts, Gary Boyd. Mayflower source records: primary data concerning southern Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard: from the New England Historical and genealogical register. (SC 974.4 ROB)

–    Roser, Susan E. Mayflower birth & deaths; marriages; deeds & probates: from the files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower descendants (SC 974.4 ROS)

–    Sherman, Ruth Ann Wilder. Plymouth colony probate guide: where to find wills and related data for 800 people of Plymouth Colony, 1620-1691 (SC 974.482 SHE)

–    Wood, Ralph V. Plymouth County Massachusetts probate index, 1886-1881 (SC 974.482 WOO)

Family histories and genealogies:

–    Anderson, Robert Charles. Pilgrim: a biography of William Brewster; The Pilgrim migration: immigrants to Plymouth colony, 1620-1633 (SC 974.482 AND)

–    Banks, Charles Edward. The English ancestry and homes of the Pilgrim fathers who came to Plymouth on the “Mayflower” in 1620, the “Fortune” in 1621 and the “Little James” in 1623. (SC 973.2 BAN)

–    Davis, William T. Genealogical register of Plymouth families (SC 974.482 DAV)

–    Heath, Dwight B. A journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth. (SC 974.482 MOU)

–    Hills, Leon Clark. History and genealogy of the Mayflower planters and first comers to ye olde colonie. (SC 974.492 HIL)

–    Kellogg, Lucy Mary. Mayflower families through five generations: descendants of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth, Mass., December 1620. Vols. 1-22 (SC 929.2 MAY)

–    MacKenzie, George Norbury. Colonial families of the United States of America, in which is given the history, genealogy, and armorial bearings of colonial families who settled in the American colonies from the time of the settlement of Jamestown, 13th May 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April 1775. Vols. 1-7 (SC 973 MAC)

–    Mayflower Descendants and their marriages for two generations after the landing: including a short history of the church of the Pilgrim founders of New England (SC 974 MAY)

–    Steele, Ashbel. Chief of Pilgrims: or, the life and time of William Brewster, ruling elder of the Pilgrim company that founded New Plymouth, the parent colony of New England, in 1620. (SC 974.48 STE)

–    Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Plymouth colony, it’s history and people, 1620-1691 (SC 974.02 STR)

–    Tracy, Sherman Weld. The Tracy genealogy; being some of the descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth colony, 1623 (SC 929.2 TRA)

–    Underhill, Lora Altine (Woodbury). Descendants of Edward Small of New England and the allied families, with tracings of English ancestry. (SC 929.2 SMA)

–    Mayflower families series: (SC 929.2 MAY)

  • Degory Priest
  • Edward Fuller
  • Edward Winslow
  • Francis Cooke
  • George Soule
  • Henry Sampson
  • John Billington
  • Myles Standish
  • Peter Brown
  • Philip Delano
  • Richard Church
  • Richard Warren
  • Robert Bartlett
  • Stephen Hopkins
  • William Bradford
  • William Brewster

So, if your forefathers (and mothers) were Forefathers, come visit us!  We’ll help your family tree bloom.

(posted by Cristina)

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1 Response to How do your Mayflowers grow?

  1. I love going to your Genealogy nights at the Main Library but I wish you could put on a little convention type thing for a day and show things like this topic above, the Mayflower to us who are researching and not sure how or where to look. Also, I wish your “convention” could have classes on how to record your resources properly for people who use programs such as Heritage or Family Tree Maker, etc. One more thing: Thanks to your reading program over the summer for adults – without here I would not know that you even had a Blog section such as this. Your library is the greatest!

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