A Special Compact Day 2021 Message from Governor Scott Miller:
400 Years from the First Thanksgiving
1621 - 2021
The California Mayflower Library & Office NOW OPEN! The Library is open to patrons with visitation hours: Thursdays 10:00am - 2:00pm Fridays 10:00am - 4:00pm
(As demand increases, we will consider opening the Library additional hours to allow for more research opportunities).
Appointments are necessary. Masks are required in the building and vaccinations required for visitors. Anyone exhibiting any sickness will be restricted from the library for your health and the health of others. Please come after you have quarantined the requisite days and test negative for any disease. Browse Our Catalog
The California Genealogical Society Library, across the hallway, is open on the following schedule:
By appointment only: Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 10a-12:30p and 1-3:30pm (limited to 5 patrons).
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California is a non-profit lineage society dedicated to preserving the history of our Mayflower ancestors through education and research. We are active participants in the documenting of tens of thousands of Mayflower ancestral lines which may otherwise be lost to history. Members are also provided an opportunity for fellowship with others who share a common ancestry and are interested in advancing awareness in the history and contributions of the Pilgrims.
Members of our society have proven their line(s) of descent from one or more passengers who in 1620 sailed on the merchant ship, Mayflower, from England to what is now Plymouth Massachusetts. To learn about joining see the list of fifty-one passengers who left descendants and the Forms necessary to begin the process.
The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California maintains a headquarters and library in Oakland, California, but the membership is distributed throughout thirteen colonies statewide. See the map on our State Colonies page showing the general areas where a colony meets nearest you.
To volunteer or donate to the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California please send your correspondence or contact us at our headquarters and library in Oakland, California.
To see the current list of California Mayflower State Officers and Colony Governors, please click this link here, or view the Contacts Link in the tab above.
There are many activities going on around the State and Country. In our local Colonies, there are 2021 events occurring now or in the planning stages. Please check out our Colony Contact Page to find a local Colony near you to see what they may be doing.
All pictures below taken by Scott Miller, Plymouth, MA - 2021
In honor of President's Day, a list of Presidents with ancestors on the Mayflower (or nearly so).
Updates from the California Executive Board Officers.
"Dr. Samuel Fuller", by CA State Surgeon, Dr. Matthew Bowdish.
REMINDER: California State Scholarship Program! Entries must be submitted by March 1, 2023.
New Members and Supplementals approved from September 28 - December 31, 2022.
Exciting Colony News and Updates from around the 14 State Colonies.
DNA Haplogroup Summary of Mayflower Passengers and Spouses, by: Louise Walsh Throop
68th Annual Mayflower Ball (New York Mayflower Society) - Lilyanna Beau Larson - Debutante from the OC Colony, by Farrah Larson
NOTE: If you would like to submit an article about our Mayflower Ancestors, or something particularly interesting in history to appear in a future California Mayflower Quarterly, should space permit, please note the submission timing for each issue on page 21.
To help us fulfill our financial commitments and support the many activities of The Society of Mayflower Descendants in the State of California, please directly donate below:
Our 2020 Rose parade float
We hope you saw our beautiful float in the 2020 Tournament of Roses Rose Parade that aired again on New Year's Day 2021, due to the 2021 parade being cancelled for safety reasons during the pandemic.
The GSMD "Voyage of Hope - 1620", by Fiesta Floats, won the "Americana Award" for the "Most Outstanding Depiction of National Treasures and Traditions".
It was a stunning float and made such an impact on all who saw it. For those who rode on it, it was a one-in-a-lifetime moment that will last with us forever.
All pictures of Rose Parade Float are by: Bill Peters
(All Photos of Mayflower Float in Rose Parade taken by Bill Peters - used by permission)
There are more pictures taken of the whole process from our initial consultations with Fiesta Floats to the final sailing down the boulevard on the Voyage of Hope - 1620. Be sure to check out the progress of the float in pictures here.
A 501 (c)(3) Educational Charity
Header Photo: Plymouth Village Historic District, Mayflower Replica By: John8v12_https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Plymouth_Village_Historic_District,_Mayflower_Replica.jpg (Used under a Creative Commons License) Image enhanced and cropped