Do I need to have an identified ancestor before joining a society?

If you’ve been invited to be considered for lineage society membership, it can be tempting to jump in feet first – but that’s not always a good idea. You may want to take some time to learn your family history and/or identify likely lines before proceeding. Here’s why.

Some societies, such as the Society of the Cincinnati, limit membership to one member per qualifying ancestor. If you want to have a true chance at membership, you need to have identified a likely ancestor. That way, it’s possible for the society to confirm if the line is or is not available. If not, you’ll be able to look for other options without wasting too much time.

Others simply require an ancestor meet specific qualifications. That being said, no matter how much you want to join the society, they can’t accept you if your family doesn’t meet those qualifications. It’s better to know that before you’ve spent time, money, and energy.

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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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