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Explore the historic Mayflower Compact and more

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By Niall Cullen

11 September 2020
New passenger lists Findmypast

400 years on from its famous voyage, delve into the Mayflower's passenger lists to pinpoint a Pilgrim on your family tree.

Around 35 million people are descended from the Mayflower Pilgrims. Are you one of them? You could find out with this week's new releases.

This iconic collection includes the names and details of the passengers and crew that sailed on the Mayflower in 1620.

The Mayflower Compact

Consisting of the five pages of the Mayflower Compact, that was created and signed while on board, the records reveal the Pilgrims' names, birth years and places and relationships to others on the ship.

Even before The Mayflower set sail, our ancestors were crossing oceans. Our collection of Registers of Licences to Pass Beyond the Seas 1573-1677 can help you find their stories.

Were your migrating ancestors enticed by a settlement scheme? This fascinating collection could have the answers. Covering emigration to North America, Australia and beyond, immigrant guides were often used by governments and companies offering incentives to settle in a particular area. They reveal all sorts of advice.

19th-century emigrant guides

In Colonists' Handbooks: Canada, settlers were encouraged to present a letter of commendation from their church to their new clergyman.

60 different publications from around the world are included in the collection. Use them to add amazing colour and context to your family's migration experiences.

This week, specialist paper Gentlewoman (covering 1890-1895 and 1897-1915) has arrived, along with updates to three other titles.

Gentlewoman newspaper

We've added more pages and year coverage to:

Findmypast Fridays live

Fridays Live 11 September 2020

Your favourite time of the week returns: Ellie chats about Findmypast’s latest record releases, the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower and your incredible family photos. QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What’s the oddest piece of advice that’s passed down your family?

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