The Winthrop Society: Descendants of the Great Migration

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General description

The Winthrop Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to historical and genealogical research and the dissemination of educational material. The Society is philosophically aligned with the old unalloyed Congregational Church and the Liberties of New Englishmen (enacted 1641) but is not connected with any modern denomination or political group. The Winthrop Society is an international organization founded 25 August 1995. It was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on 11 May 2012.  The Society is a tax exempt organization as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Federal Tax ID 83-0349520).  Your donation is fully tax-deductible.


Whereas, the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Company and their elected Governor, John Winthrop, emigrated to New England in 1630 to found a “City on a Hill,” the Winthrop Society: Descendants of the Great Migration, is dedicated to honoring and preserving their memory, philosophy and tradition and transmitting their example of courage, strong faith, integrity, and civic duty. The Society is open to all men and women of good character and proven biological descent from one or more passengers of the Winthrop fleet, or of other early settlers of Massachusetts Bay.

Our scope of study is the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and not the Plymouth Colony, already ably handled by the Society of Mayflower Descendants and others. Our goals are:

  1. To identify all these settlers (no complete list of them survives), by consulting every source which can be found in the United States and England.
  2. To make a bibliography listing all useful books and resources on the history of the the Colony to about the year 1691, and on the early history of Puritanism in England. As means permit, a library will be collected.
  3. To locate the origins and family histories in England of the first settlers.
  4. To make a genealogical database including all the descendants of these colonists to the fourth generation, the reconstructed biographies and ancestries of the colonists as well as can be established, and lineages to the present day as submitted to us by the membership.
  5. To publish our research findings and historical articles at our Web site. Articles and information submitted by Members and all other researchers are welcomed.

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