This November marks more than 400 years since the Mayflower’s passengers first sighted land off the coast of Massachusetts. Not only did they catch sight of present-day Cape Cod, but on that fateful day, they also caught a glimpse of what was to be their new beginnings and their new home.

Of the 102 passengers of men, women and children on board that day, Nov. 9, 1620, only 53 would survive the first winter in the newly dedicated Plymouth Colony. Today, more than 35 million people can trace their ancestry back to those brave, persevering and steadfast individuals. Are you one of them?

This Saturday, Nov. 6, the Lincoln County Genealogical Society will gather at 11 a.m. in the downstairs meeting room of the Toledo Public Library (173 NW Seventh St.), where they will welcome Beth Lambright, governor of the Oregon Society of Mayflower Descendants. She will share the remarkable story of the Mayflower voyage, its passengers, and what really happened that first Thanksgiving. The public is welcome to attend (masks required), and the presentation will also be shared via Zoom. To request the Zoom link, email SearchlightLCGS@gmail.com

Lambright is a direct descendant of 11 Mayflower passengers. She grew up on the East Coast and spent her childhood summers on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. During her childhood, in the company of her parents, she visited the numerous historic sites of New England. These experiences, especially visiting Plymouth, sparked her curiosity about the history of the Mayflower and made its story a lifelong interest.

Lambright lives in Corvallis with her husband, Terry. She is a former Corvallis music teacher for K-12. Over the last 15 years, she has spoken to numerous groups about Mayflower history and enjoys her participation with the Mayflower Society and serving as its governor. One of her special delights is re-enacting one of her pilgrim “great grandmothers” for the local schools in Corvallis. She has received numerous accolades for her presentations and performances.

The members of the Lincoln County Genealogical Society invite people to join them in the mutual pursuit of discovering one’s own family story. LCGS is a nonprofit organization founded in 1986 by a small group of family history research enthusiasts. Anyone with an interest in their family history is welcome to join LCGS — they do not need to have Lincoln County ancestry. New members are always welcome, but membership isn’t required to attend the group’s programs. Learn more about the genealogical society at lcgsoregon.org

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