Mayflower Society donates books useful in genealogy research to Hayes Presidential Library

The Toledo Colony of the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Ohio recently donated two books to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library that will help patrons with genealogy research.

The colony donated “Silver Book, Volume 23, Parts 2 and 3,” which trace the lineage of pilgrim John Billington, who came to America aboard the English ship “Mayflower.”

The “Silver Books” are a set of volumes that detail the pilgrims aboard the “Mayflower” and their descendants for several generations. There are an estimated 10 million people living in the United States that are descendants of the people who came here on the Mayflower in 1620, said John Ransom, Hayes Presidential Library head librarian.

 “These books are a vast source of information for genealogists because they document the ‘Mayflower’ descents, both male and female, using primary sources whenever possible up to about the time of the Revolutionary War,” Ransom said.

With this donation, the Hayes Presidential Library now has 37 volumes of the “Silver Books.” They are published by the General Society Mayflower Descendants at the national headquarters in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is America’s first presidential library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system. It is partially funded by the state of Ohio and affiliated with the Ohio History Connection. The Hayes Presidential Library & Museums is located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues.

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