Benefits of Membership: Networking

The most common excuse I hear for not joining a lineage society is “It won’t help me.” After all, a lineage society is just retired ladies having tea once in a while, right? What’s the benefit to someone who isn’t their age and doesn’t think tea is a fun social activity?

That image of lineage societies couldn’t be more wrong on several counts. First of all, age. While some lineage societies do have a minimum age – usually eighteen or twenty-one – there is a wide range of ages in most societies. Local groups may tend towards a specific age, but if you don’t match it, there’s often a group with a different age demographic a town or two over. Before dismissing a group as too young or too old, do a little research. Second of all, activities. Tea does still happen. But so too do cemetery clean ups, school volunteer days, and much, much more. While there is some truth to the retired ladies drinking tea, you may also find a group of 20 somethings out volunteering at a community event.

So, what does that mean for you? With a bit of research, you can find a group that meets your goals. That may be finding a new network in your new home town; finding a group of friends after college; or something else. And the best part – if you have to move or start over, the society will be waiting in your new location.

Published by Bryna O'Sullivan

Proprietor of Charter Oak Genealogy, Bryna O'Sullivan specializes in assisting clients with lineage society applications and with French to English genealogical translations.

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