Harold B. Shaw (1911-1975) was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada – but he was my cousin many times over because of our mutual descent from multiple Mayflower passengers.
Since his family had moved to Canada several generations back on his line, I might not have found him.
But, thanks to his obituary published in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives – I found him very easily.
His obituary states that:
He was a direct descendant of 12 Mayflower Pilgrim families, and 12 signers of the Mayflower Compact of 1620: William Brewster, Isaac Allerton, Richard Warren, John Howland, Stephen Hopkins, John Tilly, Francis Cooke, Thomas Rogers, James Chilton, John Billington, Peter Brown, and Edward Doty.
That’s great. I am also descended from each of those Mayflower passengers.
Armed with this obituary I can then retrace and document Shaw’s lines, re-confirming them and ensuring that our family tree is accurate, permanently recorded online and easily findable by future generations.
Find and document your family lines in GenealogyBank’s deep newspaper archives.
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