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From: "Steven Bird" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Mayflower
Date: Tue, 29 May 2007 11:48:11 -0400
In the past, Mayflower apps required primary documentation past the first
five generations. In the case of one member of my Brewster line, it was
necessary to go to Nebraska (from Arkansas) to obtain a copy of a marriage
certificate that named the parents of the (63 year old) groom. Had it not
been for that document, the line would not have been accepted, even though
several secondary sources provided an identification of the link.
All of my 14 generations to William Brewster (after the first five, which
were taken from Mayflower Soceity lineage books), required primary records
that identified the relevant parent in the line of descent. Fortunately,
the marriage record still existed in Hebron, NE, it stated the parents'
names and stated where the groom was born (Conway, MA). This was sufficient
to establish the paternity of Amaziah T. Howes, my ggg-grandfather, as
Lemuel Howes. Thank goodness the county clerk was thorough!
As I said, high standards of proof. I am sure that DNA proof will be
equally high. :-)
>This certainly will get the attention of the other lineage societies, I
>think. No-one's standards of proof are higher than GSMD.
>I wonder what their standard of proof was?
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