Family history conference to mark Mayflower 400th anniversary

By Rosemary Collins, 14 August 2019 - 11:24am

Devon Family History Society will host the Mayflower International Genealogical Conference in Plymouth in August 2020

Mayflower International Genealogical Conference
 

Devon Family History Society has announced a conference to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage from England to America.

The Mayflower International Genealogical Conference will take place in Plymouth Guildhall on 29 August 2020.

It will feature a range of talks by family historians, including Who Do You Think You Are? genealogist Dr Nick Barratt explaining how he researched a family connection to a Mayflower passenger, and a dramatic presentation from historical interpreters Swords and Spindles showing what life was like for our 17th century ancestors.

Exhibitors attending will include Devon FHS, Old Plymouth Society, Pop Heritage, the Family History Federation’s bookshop and the Guild of One-Name Studies, plus local groups and societies.

The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth on 6 September 1620 and landed at Provincetown Harbor in modern-day Massachussetts on 11 November.

It carried 102 passengers, including 37 members of the Separatist Leiden congregation, who were the first Puritans to settle in America.

More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry to the Mayflower.

Booking for the Mayflower International Genealogical Conference will open in November 2019.

To express an interest in attending as a delegate or as an exhibitor, please email Maureen Selley on secretary@devonfhs.org.uk.

Devon FHS is also hoping to trace the families ‘left behind’ in England by the Mayflower’s passengers and crew.

You can view an interactive guide to the Mayflower passengers and crew, including a map of their places of birth, on the Mayflower 400 website.

If you think you have a family connection to the Mayflower, please email Maureen Selley.

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