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Digitalization Project Helps Trace Mayflower Connections

Hampton Luzak

Hampton Luzak has served as a casting director for independent features and short films, including the award-winning film Chaperone (2000). She currently renovates and restores historical homes. Hampton Luzak also maintains membership in several foundations and historical organizations, including the Mayflower Society.

For more than 100 years, the Mayflower Society, also known as the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, has protected and extended the legacy of the original Mayflower pilgrims. To join the Society and enjoy the privileges of membership, a person must provide documentation that proves that he or she is a descendant of one of those pilgrims.
Until recently, tracing one’s genealogy back to the Mayflower was not an easy task, despite the fact that tens of millions of people are technically Mayflower descendants. According to the Boston Globe, the Mayflower Society now works with the New England Historic Genealogical Society to make it easier for people to determine whether or not they are eligible for membership. Their research teams are currently digitalizing old records in an effort to help people prove their connections. They hope to complete the project by 2018.

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