What’s the etiquette for joining an invitation only lineage society?

While some lineage societies welcome applications from any interested individual who meets their requirements, many require that an invitation be extended before they will consider an individual for membership.

How do you proceed if you’d like to be considered?

  1. First, be aware that there is a process for consideration and not everyone is accepted. Patience makes the process much easier.
  2. Next, talk to your friends and network. If you know someone who is already a member, they can initiate the review process. A network approach is ideal, as some local organizations are overwhelmed with requests and will not accept direct approach.
  3. If you don’t know an existing member, it is acceptable to contact the organization’s public email or phone, explain your interest, and ask how you might be considered for membership. Many organizations have a method to add “direct approach” prospective members.
  4. Whatever procedure you are given, follow it. It may require that you submit a biography, meet with members individual or attend a large group meeting. Each organization has a set procedure to deal with the volume of requests. Adherence to that procedure makes everyone’s life easier.

Do you need help navigating the process? Contact us.

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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