We are pleased to announce that we recently launched a new interactive website to commemorate the upcoming 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. The site presents the most authoritative biographies to date of the Pilgrims who set sail for a new world 397 years ago—available for free for the first time. The biographies are drawn from Robert Charles Anderson’s Pilgrim Migration, the biographical details include information on births, marriage, children, and roles in Plymouth Colony. As we approach 2020, more in-depth features and scholarly material will be added to the site to commemorate the historic Mayflower voyage.Many of the entries for these individuals, particularly on the FamilySearch.org Family Tree, have been subject to massive duplication and variation. I commonly receive notice from FamilySearch concerning changes made to my own Mayflower ancestors with long lists of changes. For example, Mayflower Passenger, Francis Cooke, has over 45 changes to his information in the last week before this post was published.
As stated above, the year 2020 will be the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in America. I suggest that a fitting tribute to their memory would be to clean up the entries on the FamilySearch.org Family Tree and keep them consistent with the information so welcomely being provided by the New England Historic Genealogical Society.