I saw tonight on FindMyPast – How I found out I’m descended from a Mayflower crew member: https://www.findmypast.com/blog/community/my-mayflower-ancestors. Much longer article.
The Findmypast team 11 January 2021
Findmypast CEO Tamsin Todd’s voyage into her past unlocked an amazing link to the famous Mayflower ship. Here, she shares her story.
All my life I had heard family stories that I had a connection to the Mayflower. As a child visiting family near Boston, we went to the Plymouth Plantation where tour guides dress up as Mayflower passengers. I wondered if one of the characters was ‘ours’.
My father’s cousin was the family historian. He had done the family genealogy, visiting archives and libraries to piece it together. But it was all on paper, making it difficult to share and develop with the rest of the family.
Before I joined Findmypast I had only traced my family tree as far back as my great grandparents. I knew basic information – names, dates and locations.
Everything changed when I joined Findmypast. My colleagues and our customers spoke about how researching the past had helped them understand themselves better. Moreover, by understanding the past, they felt better equipped to make decisions about their present and future. The possibility of discovering more was intriguing.