South Dakota Mayflower society

In 1620 the group of 102 passengers who crowded aboard the Mayflower for the crossing were not from the same village, or from the same church or families. Many of the passengers were members of the Leiden congregation, but they were joined by a number of English families or individuals who were hoping to better their life situations or were seeking financial gain. These two general groups have sometimes been called the “saints” and “strangers”.

This is the South Dakota chapter of the Mayflower Society was the 47th State Society and was chartered on October 20, 1956. The Charter membership group of 60 was the largest of any to form a Society since the General Society was founded in 1897.

The very large number of descendants of the brave souls from the Mayflower have relocated to all parts of the United States and the World. As with the South Dakota descendants, The Mayflower Society wishes to share this heritage and carry on the memory of our Pilgrim ancestors.



Our society

The objective of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the state of South Dakota is to perpetuate a remote posterity to the memory of our Pilgrim Fathers.  To maintain and defend the principle of civil and religious liberty as set forth in the Compact of the Mayflower, “For the glorie of God and the advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our country.”

our leaders

A listing of the South Dakota Mayflower Society’s Officers


A brief history of how the South Dakota Mayflower Society was founded.


Membership Info, Newsletters, Meeting Dates and more

seeking membership in the south dakota mayflower society

Proof of direct descent from a Mayflower Pilgrim is required for membership with The Mayflower Society. Improved genealogy library collections and digital resources have made it easier than ever to trace the lineage of the Pilgrims!

Joining the South Dakota Mayflower Society is a great way to honor your adventurous ancestor(s), a fun way to meet people who share your American history and a genealogical achievement not everyone can claim.

We are delighted to help you with the process!