New website focuses on Mayflower ancestors

New website focuses on Mayflower ancestors

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) has launched a new interactive website that presents authoritative biographies the Pilgrims.

This is the first online gallery of Pilgrim descendants. Descendants are invited to commemorate their ancestor by placing their name, photograph, and other identifiers in an online gallery.

In a section of “Meet the Passengers,” the website lists the names of 108 passengers and crew members and highlights those known to have left descendants, allowing participants to link directly to the Pilgrim who is part of their family tree. A world map illustrates the location of Pilgrim descendants from all over the world and allows users to click on each for more information from the descendant’s own profile.

The new website from NEHGS is part of the organization’s preparation for the commemoration in 2020 of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s passage and landing on American shores.

To start searching the website, go to: http://mayflower.americanancestors.org

Free access to probate records at AmercianAncestors.org

The New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) is offering free access to 32 probate-related databases from today through midnight on Tuesday, April 25.

You need to create a free Guest Member account on AmericanAncestors.org to access the databases. These databases contain some of the earliest probate records of colonial Massachusetts and other New England colonies and states, as well as New York, and New Brunswick, Canada.

Probate records can be a powerful resource for genealogists and other researchers. These papers document legal decisions that explain how an individual’s estate is distributed to heirs, dependents, and creditors. Probates may list a person’s spouse, children, and other relatives. They may also contain important clues to a person’s financial status, by including a list of worldly possessions at the time of death.

Visitors to the website can watch “Using New England Probate Records,” a 60-minute webinar presented by David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at NEHGS. The webinar offers guidance on how to get the most out of all probate records, with special emphasis on those resources available at the NEHGS library and archives and online at AmericanAncestors.org.

To get started using these records, go to: www.amercianancestors.org/probate