Before the Mayflower: Decision to Move to the New World

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There were many reasons for the Pilgrims to want to leave Holland.  They knew that they were also not going to be welcome in England. There were legal issues abound.  An edict passed in July 1619 that prohibited the separatist … Continued

7 Ways Visiting a Museum Can Benefit Your Genealogy Research

Recently I took a group of residents in my day job to the Historical Museum in our city.  Having only lived here for a year, there is a lot I don’t know about the city. However, I realized how helpful … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Life in Leiden

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Leiden was a thriving industrial center while the Pilgrims lived there, but life was not easy for many of them. This group, which was around a 125 people, were initially thrilled to be in Leiden.  They were drawn to the … Continued

Before the Mayflower: The Scrooby Congregation

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The Scrooby Separatist Church was established by William Brewster at the Scrooby Manor House in around 1606. To avoid arrest the meetings were held in secret. The principle members of the congregation were Richard Clyfton, John Robinson and William Brewster.  … Continued

Before the Mayflower: Origins of Conflict

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We think about the Pilgrims and their voyage on the Mayflower.  But what was their life like before that voyage? The core group of the Pilgrims originated from Scrooby, England.  This group held Separatist beliefs not conforming with the Church … Continued