Column: Mayflower Descendants in Canada

Between today and Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Thursday: The Western Star (Corner Brook)

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Title: Mayflower Descendants in Canada

Snippet: In 1620 ship master Christopher Jones and the Mayflower were hired to transport a group of immigrants across the Atlantic to Northern Virginia. The Speedwell was also to make the journey but proved unfit, so the Mayflower set sail alone on September 6th. It took sixty-six days to complete the crossing. The New World settlers landed on the shore of North America on November 9th and prepared to face their first winter in the rugged wilderness.

Almost four hundred years later, the descendants of those who survived the challenging conditions at Plymouth are spread across the continent. Many made their way into Canada and to the Atlantic provinces.

These descendants of the Mayflower passengers are fortunate to have much of the history already researched and available online. It may be tricky and time-consuming to connect your family tree to one of the 103 passengers who set out for North America, but once done, the extensive information available becomes worth the trouble.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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