Staying Home? Here’s how you can work on your lineage society application!

Being housebound doesn’t mean that you need to stop working on your lineage society application. Here are five things you can do to keep your application process moving:

  1. Decide which societies you’d like to join. There are a lot of lineage societies out there. We’ve discussed a few of the more popular, but there are others that are very active. Does your hometown’s founders’ group sound like fun?
  2. Identify a line and check it against what the society already has on file. Many societies have a way to check their previously verified applications so you can determine how much of the line you’ll need to document.
  3. Order the vital records (civil registration) that you’ll need to complete the application. They always take a few weeks to arrive anyway. Order them by mail now, and you’ll be ahead when things get started again.
  4. Contact the society you’re interested in. Most societies require you to work with a historian or registrar. The Mayflower Society currently has a multi-month queue to get historian assistance in some states. Get in line now.
  5. Review your other sources and decide if you need help. Finding the process of ordering the records overwhelming? Need help making a parent-child connection? Most genealogists are still working. Now is the perfect time to reach out!

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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