New Project! Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2

Yesterday we released a new project to key, Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2.  This project is a fun one to key but is a little complicated in that it is a unique format of records.  The record starts with the “initial” ancestor and lists their descendants.  We are keying the records as individuals or as children – reading the instructions and viewing the example images is a must.  If you are having difficulties understanding the instructions make sure to post a question on the Discussion page.

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I hope I can key on this one. According to my family lore, one of my ancestors was the first baby born in the Plymouth Colony. I’ve been told that her name was Perigrine White. I hope that it’s all true!

In response to Stanton Blooms message. Ironically enough, I have been keying this and came across Mercy White, daughter of Peregrine White. Mercy born in 1670 died 12 June 1739 in Marshfield. Married to William Sherman had 4 children. I can’t imagine there are many Peregrine White’s on record, but I believe he was the father of Mercy White.

Thank you Pattie. My brother has tracked our family tree back to Mary Barrett Dyer, of whom we are direct descendents. I wonder if there is a connection there.
Please see: Mary Barrett Dyer in Wikipedia.

John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, married in Plymouth Colony, had children from 1624 to 1645, so the statement Peregrine White, born in 1670 was the first child of the Colony is obviously not correct. The Peregrine White Paxson cites is apparently a descendant relative of Peregrine White, born on the Mayflower, some time in late November or early December of 1620, and before the death of the family servant who died on Dec. 4, 1620.
Peregrine White (born 1620) was a SON, and it makes no logical sense that the Pilgrims would have arrived in 1620 and not had any children until 1670.
The descendants of the Mayflower have been documented to death, and I have no idea why Ancestry is focusing on this as a project, instead of more obscure and less available records.
It’s amazing how many times I’ve seen people simply copy what is on Ancestry’s site without thinking.
Mayflower descendants information is available all over the Internet, so don’t wait for this project to be completed to answer your questions on the Mayflower.
If it’s history, it’s not family “lore”.

By the way, Stanton, Susanna White, Peregrine’s widowed mother, married Edward Winslow in the first Mayflower wedding, her first husband Wm died on Feb 21. There is a memorial at Cole’s Hill in Massachusetts including those who died of the “great sickness”the first winter. They were buried secretly so no one would know how weakened the Colony was.


Thank you so much for the detailed information you provided us. I found it very interesting and helpful.

However, one of your statements stands out to me:

“The descendants of the Mayflower have been documented to death, and I have no idea why Ancestry is focusing on this as a project, instead of more obscure and less available records.”

It’s because is more well known and available to all. Not everyone is a professional geneologist. Very few have experience with geneology at all.

I say, “Right on, AWAP! The more the merrier!”

I’m not a professional genealogist. I just key words into Google and very simple websites pop up with easy documentation. The Alden genealogy website tracks five generations with names, dates, spouses, etc.
If you are applying for membership in something like Alden Kindred, it’s really easy. And you don’t have to wait for Ancestry.