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Society Donates “Silver Books” to DML’s Collection

On Thursday, July 28, Dayton Metro Library received a donation of five “Silver Books” from the Cincinnati Colony of the Society of the Mayflower Descendants.

The donation was delivered by Jill Parker, Governor of the Society; Star Vondrell, Lt. Governor of the Cincinnati Colony; Carol Byrd, Cincinnati Colony Board of Assistants Representative; and Susan Serr, a Dayton Colony member. On behalf of DML, Jamie McQuinn, Special Collections Manager, and Shawna Woodard, Information Services Librarian in Special Collections, accepted the donation.

The five books DLM received are for Edward Winslow, Vol. 25; John Aldean, Vol. 16, Part 6; Thomas Rogers, Vol. 19, Part 2; and William Brewster, Vol. 24, Parts 2 and 3. This makes for approximately 50 “Silver Books” in DML’s donated collection.

The last time DML received a donation of “Silver Books” was 2018, when the Society generously gifted the Library 42 of the genealogy reference books. Prior to that, the Library only had four volumes.

“Silver Books” are officially known as a series titled Mayflower Families Through Five Generations or Mayflower Families. Genealogists have adopted the term “Silver Books,” and many find that the books are a necessity for anyone who wants to connect their ancestry to Mayflower descendants. In 1959, the Silver Books Project began with a goal to provide documentation from primary sources for all statements regarding the first five generations of descendants of Mayflower passengers – therefore, each book is specific to a passenger.

Learn more about the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the state of Ohio by visiting For more information about Dayton Metro Library’s Genealogy Collection, Local History Collections, and programs and services, call the Library’s Ask Me Line at 937.463.2665 and ask for The Dayton Room.

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