The Edmond Sun

November 12, 2012

Mayflower descendant to speak to Genealogical Society

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Judy Forehand, deputy governor of the Oklahoma Society of Mayflower Descendants, will speak about the first Thanksgiving celebrated by the Saints and Strangers who came to America on the Mayflower.

Nov. 19 at the Edmond Genealogical Society, Forehand will talk about the Puritans, who emigrated from England to New England during the Great Migration (1620-1640), and greatly influenced American traditions and government. She will explain who these people were, explore some of the myths surrounding them, and describe the difference between those termed “Saints” and the “Strangers” sharing the hardships of the ocean journey. Forehand will help those attending know where to search to learn if their ancestors may have been on that famous ship which we all celebrate later this month.

Forehand is descended from at least five of the passengers on the 1620 Mayflower ship including Gov. William Bradford, John Alden, William Brewster, Priscilla Mullins Alden and William Mullins. She is the retired postmaster of Mangum, where she currently resides.

She was educated at Central State College, Bethany Nazarene College, Rose State College, Cameron University, Western Oklahoma State College and Baptist Christian College. She is also active in numerous organizations besides the Mayflower Descendants. Her presentation will include information about the Society of Mayflower Descendants along with specific instructions for becoming a member of the society. The website for the Oklahoma Society is: and the General Society website is:

Edmond genealogy meetings, which are free and open to the public, meet at the Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S. Boulevard, with a social time at 6 p.m. and the program beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. The EGS meets on the third Monday evening of each month, with speakers on subjects of interest to genealogists. Membership is open to anyone interested in historical or genealogical research. For more info on EGS, go to