How to Find Descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims in Recent Obits

Genealogists love their ancestors—as well as the fact that important family history connections are often mentioned in recent obituaries.

Have you ever noticed how common it is for these recent obituaries to describe the name of their ancestor who came over on the Mayflower ship or fought in the American Revolutionary War?

screenshot of recent obituaries from GenealogyBank
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Use those names in obituaries to your advantage in your genealogy research. If you’re searching for someone whose ancestry goes all the way back to the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony, then include the keyword “Mayflower” and that Pilgrim ancestor’s name in your search.

screenshot of a search in GenealogyBank for descendants of Mayflower passenger Samuel Fuller
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For example, if you were looking for the recent obituary of someone descended from Mayflower passenger Samuel Fuller in the Recent Obituaries search page, you could type in: Mayflower, Samuel Fuller. This search will find all obituaries that mention this Mayflower ship passenger.

This particular search found 51 obituaries.

screenshot of search results in GenealogyBank for descendants of Mayflower passenger Samuel Fuller
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Since each person in these 51 obituaries is the descendant of a common ancestor, Mayflower ship passenger Samuel Fuller, we know that all of them are relatives.

You will then want to research and document each generation back to this Mayflower Pilgrim ancestor to confirm these new members of your family tree.

4 thoughts on “How to Find Descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims in Recent Obits

  1. I’m searching for the Mayflower ancestors of James Barnes or his wife Keturah Shipley 1685-1740 Annapolis, Maryland. I think one of them was descended from the Dorcey / Dorcy family.

    1. Michael- Searching the families in the newspapers can be very helpful. As our article states obituaries sometimes mention that the person is a descendant of a Mayflower or Pilgrim. Start your search with what you already have confirmed about you ancestors with sources. Then go back with your search, (parents, grandparents, great grandparents) until you have a source, ie, newspaper, probate record, birth, marriage, etc… tying the families together. Try Googling the Mayflower descendants and check out the source they give. That may be of help with your search.

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