Recently I have been working on future programs and future speakers. One of the topics I had in mind was to have a program on lineage societies. I did find someone and we have such a program scheduled for April 2020.
At the same time this was unfolding, I did notice that a recent issue of the NGS Magazine that we receive as part of membership with the National Genealogical Society did have a themed issue focusing on lineage societies. Societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) @ https://www.dar.org/or the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) @ https://www.sar.org/or the Mayflower Society @ https://www.themayflowersociety.org/ are examples of societies that can be joined if your research proves out a connection to an ancestor that is connected to the specifics of a particular society.
The particular issue where these articles reside is the NGS Magazine, April-June 2019, Volume 45, Number 2. The magazine is one we have in our magazine collection. You can find it on the 2nd floor of our library on the Magazine shelves.
Perhaps your research could qualify you to become a member of a lineage society based on the discoveries of your ancestors and their lives. This recent publication could certainly help you better understand what are the existing lineage societies and what are they all about.
Here are some of the article titles in this issue on the topic of lineage societies:
- “Lineage Societies: Leaving a Legacy for Future Generations” by Kimberly Ormsby Nagy, MD, PLCGS
- “A History of Changes in DAR Documentation Requirements” by Sarah Louise Sukol
- “Making Discoveries in Lineage Society Resources” by Shelley K. Bishop
- “Evolving Genealogical Evidence: DNA and Lineage Societies” by Jennifer Zinck
- “The History of American Lineage Societies” by Kathy Petlewski, MSLS
The article titled “Making Discoveries in Lineage Society Resources” includes a nice list of some of the lesser known lineage societies. Some of these are:
- Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War @ http://www.duvcw.org/
- The Huguenot Society of America @ https://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/
- National Society of Colonial Dames @ https://nscda.org/
- Society of California Pioneers @ https://www.californiapioneers.org/
- Society of the Cincinnati @ https://www.societyofthecincinnati.org/
- United Daughters of the Confederacy @ https://hqudc.org/
- Descendants of Founders of New Jersey @ http://www.njfounders.org/
- Descendants of Mexican War Veterans @ http://www.dmwv.org/
- Holland Society of New York @ http://www.hollandsociety.org/
- Jamestowne Society @ http://www.jamestowne.org/
Maybe you qualify for membership in a lineage society but you simply are unaware of the existence of a lineage society that connects to your own ancestors.
This is a great issue containing material on a theme that maybe researchers are simply not aware of. Now is your chance to learn a lot more about lineage societies. This issue plus our upcoming April 2020 program at the library might just open the opportunity for you to connect to such a society as a result of the efforts of your own research.
Check out the article in the NGS Magazine mentioned above.
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