An effort is underway by what looks to be a group of various state Society members with some support at the General Society level to help members of DAR and SAR link back to a Mayflower passenger from their Revolutionary War patriot. It's called the Patriot to Passenger Project. You can download the database to look up your patriot ancestor and see if any other descendant has proven Mayflower descent through that patriot. (Many lines in the "silver books" end a generation or two prior to the Revolution.) This is a "work in progress," with an email address asking for suggestions. A few thoughts if you are using this: Many/most of the names in the database right now are immediately recognizable surnames, like Alden, Gorham, and Cushman. If you don't see your patriot on there you are invited to submit his or her information. Also, always check the DAR's GRS ancestor database first, to see if your patriot has been redlined, meaning the service and/or genealogy is in doubt. Periodically an ancestor who was just hanging around, minding his/her own business, is redlined for a variety of reasons, including someone else submitting an application for a different patriot of the same name and casting confusion on your perfectly clear lineage. Sometimes the lineage is fine but the patriotic service was the "stuff of legend." DO CHECK; if it's a lineage problem you will run into the same thing with your Mayflower application and will have to correctly prove your link to the patriot.
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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