Points to Mayflower Ancestors

by , under FamilySearch, Mayflower Ancestors, NEHGS New England Historic Genealogical Society, Online Research

Today, I received an email from

“You Have a Mayflower Heritage!

“Discover your Mayflower connection, and learn about the sacrifices your relative made for religious freedom and greater opportunities as he helped shape the new world.”

When I clicked on the View Relationship link, it led me to my relationship with Stephen Hopkins, my 10th great-grandfather. I had previously discovered this relationship late last year during the publicity buildup to the 400-year anniversary in 2020 of the Mayflower’s arrival from England. The FamilySearch message further led me — by clicking on the green arrowheads — to Constance Hopkins, Stephen’s daughter, and Giles Hopkins, his son.

Clicking some more on the arrowheads led me to Thomas Rogers, another 10th great-grandfather, and his son, Joseph Rogers.

The FamilySearch message further indicated that passenger Moses Fletcher was my 12th great-granduncle and that the famous Miles Standish was my second cousin 11 times removed.

My kids and grandkids, of course, share these ancestors, but they also have some other Mayflower ancestry through my late wife Mary Jane Vancourt Huskonen.

The relationships to me are already in place on the FamilySearch community tree. Now I’ll be adding details for these relationships to my family tree on and my genealogy database program RootsMagic.

  1. Betsy Boundy

    Congratulations, Wally! I would love to see the lineage sometime. I have a private tree started with quite a few names. I think there’s at least one connection to the Mayflower thru my Grandmother, Minnie E. Bailey.
    I still want to talk to you about her mother’s line, the August family. I found Benjamin August’s birth records in St. Petersburg, Russia. I believe they were there for 2 generations. The Lutheran Church kept the documentation, making me think they came from Germany, but I’d like help to find pre-Russian info. Have heard stories of thr family going to St. Petersburg for work. Patriarch was said to have done fine carriage upholstery, for coaches of that time.
    And lastly, how do you find old obituaries that are original. I don’t want to subscribe to Ancestry’s My county library doesn’t subscribe either. Any suggestions?
    I hope you and your sibs, kids, & grands are all well. My side’s families, are all well, thank God!
    Looking forward to the waning of the Coronavirus!
    Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!


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