So many lineage societies, not enough ancestors! Or, maybe you are not considering all the lineage societies that might be applicable ...
Many are familiar with certain lineage societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Sons of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames, The Society of Cincinnati, Sons of Confederate Veterans, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of Union Veterans, and others. Many which are linked to military service.
Did you know that there are hundreds of lineage societies? When you have an ancestor who qualifies for Sons of the American Revolution though cannot find an ancestor who qualifies for The Society of Cincinnati, have you considered looking into the Sons of the Revolution?
The Sons of the Revolution was founded in 1876 by members of the Society of the Cincinnati wishing to broaden participation in preserving the American Heritage on the eve of this country's centennial.
I mention this because I was queried by someone about the Sons of the Revolution. Though I knew of their existence having done research in support of client applications, since I had not been the one to fill out the applications, I wasn’t familiar with the details of what qualified for membership. I now am! It also becomes an alternative that I can suggest to clients when other society membership requirements may not be a fit.
Of course, my journey didn’t stop there. I was very curious to know what other lineage societies might exist that are often overlooked by many researchers. You can find a Quick List of Lineage Societies with Websites on the Lineage Society of America.com page.
I’m sure that this list is not comprehensive.
If you find you are not qualified for the societies that you are more familiar with, do check out other societies which might cover the same time period, location, etc
What new-to-you lineage society did you learn about that you might want to join?
What less-known lineage society do you belong to and think others should consider joining?
What lineage society is NOT listed on the referenced website that you belong to?
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