An applicant to the Society of Mayflower Descendants is required to provide documentation to show beyond a reasonable doubt that a bloodline exists between the applicant and a passenger on the MAYFLOWER voyage which terminated at Plymouth, New England, December 1620. Standards of evidence have been designed to accomplish this objective. Membership in the Society is granted to those who provide proper documentation of their family line. Final approval of membership is through the Maryland Society and the State Historian, but is granted only by the Historian General of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The application process can be facilitated by carefully reading and following the instructions. It is requested that the application process be completed within two years. Each linage paper must stand on its own with the documentation provided. If an application is based upon a line previously filed by a relative, the new application must update all previous documentation in accordance with standards of proof in effect when the new application is made.