Many families hold a tradition that they are descended from the Pilgrims, which often kindles an interest in finding out more. Sometimes the stories of a Mayflower heritage are true and it is easy to document a descent. More often the documentation is missing and must be researched and supplied to prove one's line. Either way you learn a lot in the process. Click here to learn more about joining the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
Stephen Hopkins, who was one of the most interesting of the Mayflower passengers because he not only participated in the founding of Plymouth, but prior to that he had been shipwrecked in Bermuda, and lived in early Jamestown Colony, Virginia.
Many of my ancestors were Filles du Roi - the filles du roi, or King's Daughters, were some 770 women who arrived in the colony of New France (Canada) between 1663 and 1673, under the financial sponsorship of King Louis XIV of France.