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.
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.
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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