A Scottish connection with the Mayflower Pilgrims’ voyage to America will soon be revealed.

Research Through People’s Family History, service director, George English will share 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 that they can watch via Zoom this Thursday 7th 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.”

Upcoming guest speaker, George English, said: “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.”

Paisley & District u3a is Scotland’s 50th self-help learning co-operative for people who are no longer in full time work.  U3as are led by local volunteers who share their learning.  U3as are part of a UK-wide and international educational movement whose motto is ‘Learn, laugh, live.’  Scotland’s nearly 10,000 members in 54 u3as are enjoying the social side of taking up new activities and hobbies in later life.    

Details of local u3a groups and activities at: https://u3asites.org.uk/paisley/welcome.

Main photo credit: Nacho Rivera