This weekend is their annual, in-person board meeting, so to speak. At least part of the board meets at times by phone. The triennial meetings at Plymouth, MA are open to one and all, but the other two years they are not. Hopefully a pleasant, informative, and productive time was had by all in Mystic, CT but let's also hope that they did not vote to digitize our records via ancestry.com. I heard rumblings of that earlier this year and would urge a "no" vote for reasons they are welcome to ask me about. Separation of church and state would be one. How would you like it if the pope came to your town and digitized 400 years of its records, including those of your family? And not being subject to sunshine laws, how does one make the pope do what you've agreed on, no more and no less? They are also trying out something new that should be of help to volunteers who live thousands of miles from New England. They offered a special day of training and supposedly were going to videotape it and make it available to those who cannot attend remote meetings, which I would guess is the majority of their volunteers. I do not know if they are going to offer different training for different officers each year or what. When the next Mayflower Quarterly comes out (I am a member and receive one in the mail) I will pass along any news of interest or concern.
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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