A Scottish connection with the Mayflower Pilgrims’ voyage to America will soon be revealed. Research Through People’s Family History service director, George English also shares the ancestral impact of this sail to the New World 400 years ago. He launches a new season of monthly meetings for Paisley & District u3a. Members can watch via a Zoom link this Thursday 7 October from 2 – 3.30pm.
Chair Kathy O’Donnell explained: “There’s a growing interest in genealogy because it’s fascinating to find out who you might be related to. Discovering your distant relative took part in a key event can make periods of history come alive and become personal for you. Many American celebrities have researched their family tree and found a Mayflower connection. People can ask George English about the best way to start a family history.”
Said guest speaker, George English: “2020 was the 400th Anniversary of Mayflower, the voyage that changed the world. My own ancestor, Richard Warren, was a passenger on the Mayflower in 1620. My presentation covers the events during the Reformation which led to the Pilgrims leaving for the New World; the voyage itself and the passengers; and the impact the Mayflower has had on Western civilisation since, including the Act of Union. I look forward to an enjoyable discussion and helping anyone to explore what made this sail so special.”
Details of local u3a groups and activities at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome