I Didn’t Know Marilyn Guedesse – but, She’s My Cousin

Marilyn Guedesse was born in Minot, North Dakota, 31 March 1933 and died in Hamilton, Illinois, 20 December 2015. I never met her, her husband, parents or descendants – but when I read her obituary I knew she was my cousin.


The family included the genealogical information that she was a descendant of Mayflower passenger Governor William Bradford – and he is my ancestor. So, that makes us cousins.

Obituary for Marilyn Guedesse, Daily Gate City newspaper article 23 December 2015
Daily Gate City (Keokuk, Iowa), 23 December 2015

Obituaries are a great source for bringing together the branches of the family tree – not only by listing the current, recent generations, but by naming their ancient ancestors like this obituary did.

GenealogyBank has Mayflower obituaries going back to the obituary of Peregrine White – who was born onboard the Mayflower in 1620 – down to the hundreds of thousands of descendants whose obituaries were published across the centuries right down to today.

Obituary for Peregrine White, Boston Newsletter newspaper article July 24-31 1704
Boston Newsletter (Boston, Massachusetts), July 24-31 1704, page 2

Genealogy Tip: Use GenealogyBank’s Recent Obituaries to find the descendants of your colonial ancestors that came over on the Mayflower, or that fought in the Revolutionary War.

It’s a good way to link the generations.

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