In the Pilgrims’ Footsteps, Through England and the Netherlands in the NY Times

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In the Pilgrims’ Footsteps, Through England and the Netherlands in the NY Times

There was a great article in the travel section of the New York Times a few days ago about following in the footsteps of the Pilgrims from England and the Netherlands to Massachusetts.

The 102 passengers who sailed on the Mayflower in September 1620 came from all over England (and not all of them were religiously motivated), but the leaders of the separatist movement came from just a handful of farming villages in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and southern Yorkshire, most within walking distance of one another. This is not the touristy, thatched-cottage part of England, but it is beautiful nonetheless, and last spring my wife and I visited to see what we could learn about her ancestors, who in so many ways are forefathers to us all.

It’s a great overview of this important period in history, even if you don’t have ancestors who broke bread at the first Thanksgiving. Worth a look.

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”

2 Comments

  1. Jacqi 25 November 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sassy Jane Genealogy 25 November 2011 at 5:01 PM

    You’re welcome, Jacqi. Some stuff I didn’t know and what a trip that would be to take.

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