The Daughters of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims all require applications that connect you to a historical figure in a particular situtation. My first adventure doing this was for my mom. No one had ever proven her relationship to a American Revolutionary Soldier. Yea, I could have taken the easy way out and just picked a different relative, but she wanted to document her relationship to James Barber. The easiest way to connect is to contact the society with your proposed connection. If someone else has already done all the hard work you can add on to thier work – if not you have to do it all from scratch. Well we did James Barber from scratch. It was both rewarding and frustrating. This was a first for me and it took many many sources of documentation just to connect four generations. Federal Census, Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, and Old Books Published by Ancestors.
Recently I was challenged by another person (thank you Lynn) to connect to the Mayflower passengers. Below is a quick trail of what I could put together in about 2 hours. Its not nearly complete but gives you an idea of how the paper trail works. I still have one hole in the list marked with (??). Fortunately, the Cory Society has a book that may fill that blank. Without the years of research I have this would have taken months if not years to fill out – but here it is. To be successful, try to follow this format and find other examples at the links to the societies above. Happy Connecting!