About UsWelcome to The John Dunham Society

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The John Dunham Society is solely focused on the genealogical research of the descendants of Deacon John Dunham. To that goal we offer memberships for those individuals who can prove their descendancy from John Duham through their own research and by providing their collected documentation to our Society.

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The John Dunham Society Organization maintains a permanent documentation database, various literature relative to John Dunham and his descendants, as well as offering assistance to professional genealogists researching the John Dunham lineage.

John Dunham Society - Organization

The John Dunham Society was founded with an agreement among a round-table group of Deacon John Dunham descendants that a society should be organized to recognize John Dunham as one of the original religious separatists of England that later became the colonists of Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620.  Although John Dunham did not come to Plymouth Colony on the ship Mayflower, he did leave England to live in Leiden, Holland along with members of that early congregation led by Reverend John Robinson and included historic individuals such as the first Governor of Plymouth Colony, John Carver, the religious leader of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony, William Brewster, and long-term Governor of Plymouth Colony, William Bradford.

When John Dunham did arrive in Plymouth Colony in about 1632/33, he was immediately made a Deacon of the Church and was given land previously assigned to the original proprietors of Plymouth Colony.  Both of these actions clearly show that John Dunham had already been an established and prominent member in the leadership hierarchy of the original Pilgrim Fathers.

As our Society learned of several lineages from within the John Dunham family that connected to Mayflower Pilgrim families, we agreed that it would be advantageous to extend our collaboration to an online membership-based society and organization to assist our distant relatives and researchers in learning about John Dunham and possibly gaining their own approved applications to both the John Dunham and Mayflower Societies.  Our founding members, including our Director is a Mayflower Society member through a long line of Deacon John Dunham descendants.

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Our Mission

Research, collect, and maintain a world-class genealogical lineage of the descendants of Deacon John Dunham.

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Our Values

Maintain high standards in genealogical research.

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Our Solution

Become collaborative with members, professional genealogists, and promote the sharing or exchange of resources.


Can You Prove Your John Dunham Lineage?

The John Dunham Society welcomes membership applicants who want to provide documented lineage proof! 

Find Out How

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The John Dunham Society is the official certification organization for descendants of Deacon John Dunham. Many John Dunham descendants are also descendants of famous Mayflower Pilgrims! Certifying your John Dunham lineage with us is your first step in genealogical research.

Contact Info

We encourage you to make contact us regarding membership if you believe you are a descendant of Deacon John Dunham.

The best way to do this is to become a member.  If you would like to request a membership application, then please contact us:
If you believe you may be a descendant of John Dunham but don't know for sure, then try our Preliminary Review submission process located at: https://johndunhamsociety.com (Preliminary Review).