General Society - Triennial Congress, Plymouth, Sept 2014 details & registration now available onlin
If you are descended from anyone who shipped aboard a whaler you are eligible to become a member of Descendants of Whaling Masters. There are membership levels depending on whether your ancestor was the captain or the deck swabber. On their web site, if you click on "research" you go to "researching your ancestors" which has nothing to do with that topic as far as I can see. However, it does have several portraits of whaling masters and some wives from the late 1700s and early 1800s. The second person, Capt. Job Terry, Jr. is a Generation 7 descendant with two lines to Thomas Rogers on his father's side. The new Rogers Silver Book will get you to his father, Job Terry. Then, click through until you get to Susan Bowerman (Taber) West, daughter of George S. Taber and Susan Bowerman. (The New Bedford VR of their marriage calls him "Capt. George," no "S". They married in 1806.) Susan Taber and her father George should be Cooke descendants. However, I can't find this George's parents, let alone anyone beyond that. Capt. George [S.] Taber might be in the 2-volume Taber genealogy but it's not online in downloadable format on internet archive and the version on Heritage Quest is not searchable. If you can get George's parents, I can find out which generation Cooke Susan is and whether she has any other Pilgrim ancestors.
Details of scheduled events are available and online (or paper) registration is being taken now for the triennial congress of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, i.e. the national organization. It runs from about Friday, September 5 through Wednesday the 10th, depending on how much you want to do. (All of it is worthwhile.) The triennial includes 2 days of business meetings (Monday & Tuesday), a closing banquet Tuesday evening, social events on the grounds and in the town of Plymouth on Sunday, group tours in RI & MA Saturday - Wednesday, and meetings of some of the family associations Fri, Sat, & Mon. (Yes, some of these overlap so you can't do everything.) There are other local attractions you can go to on your own and lots and lots of archives to visit, some open on weekends. I attended in 2011 and it was definitely worth the time and money and nothing about the trip was pricey.
I recommend you book a hotel room ASAP. Hotel info is available online. Registration is open through August 29th; I hope to see you there. Here is the link to information and the registration form: https://www.themayflowersociety.com/gsmd-congress
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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