A significant number of Pilgrim descendants relocated to the Maritime Provinces of what would become today's Canada during the 1700s. Many descendants later came back to the United States but if they are your people, you will need to document your ancestor's sojourn outside US borders to apply successfully to a lineage society. Provincial archives are a rich source of data. White descendants, for example, can check out a picture of ancestor Gideon White at the Nova Scotia Archives, which also has a special genealogy section on its web site. Gideon was a straight-line Gen. 5 descendant of William and Susanna (---) White of the Mayflower. Furthermore, he married Joanna Howland, a Gen. 4/5 descendant of John Howland & Elizabeth Tilley. The Gideon White Family Papers: Loyalists of Shelburne contain indexed records from 1761 to 1900 and can be searched and viewed online. For example, a 1787 tax list names heads of household and gives their occupation. Another list notes black and white residents (including children) of the district where Gideon lived. Yet another is a list of soldiers from a North Carolina unit taken prisoner during the Revolution, specifically in 1781. This may be a gold mine for you - check it out.
The author is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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