Lineage Society

I’m ordering vital records for my lineage society application. Do I need a certified copy?

The answer to this one is straightforward: no. Some states require you to purchase a certified copy every time you want to request a certificate. However, it's not required by any lineage society of which I'm aware. If an information copy is offered, go ahead and get it... And before you order anything, be sure… Continue reading I’m ordering vital records for my lineage society application. Do I need a certified copy?

Lineage Society

What does this word being used by my lineage society mean?

Lineage societies have a vocabulary of their own. If you're in the process of applying, knowing what the terms mean can make your life much easier! Here are a few common terms: Lineage Society: Also called a hereditary society, this is an organization that decides membership based on the actions of an applicant's ancestor. Qualifying… Continue reading What does this word being used by my lineage society mean?

Lineage Society, Revolutionary War history, Sources of Service

What was the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia?

Founded in 1780 by Esther de Berdt Reed, the Ladies' Association of Philadelphia raised money for the Continental Army through door to door fundraising. The organization raised over $7,000, which was used to clothe soldiers. Although heavily critiqued, the Association was one of the first American examples of organized political action by women. The family's… Continue reading What was the Ladies’ Association of Philadelphia?

Lineage Society

Can I use autosomal DNA testing in a lineage society application?

If you've taken an Ancestry DNA test, you may be wondering if you can use the results in a lineage society application. The short answer: maybe. The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution both permit the use of autosomal DNA testing as support for an application. But there are… Continue reading Can I use autosomal DNA testing in a lineage society application?

Lineage Society

Can I use the results of a mitochondrial DNA test in a lineage society application?

First of all, what's a mitochondria? For those of you who don't recall your high school biology class: a mitochondria is a structure within the cell. It's often referred to as a cell's "energy center." There's a really good explanation here. Mitochondria have their own DNA, so they can be tested separately. It was long… Continue reading Can I use the results of a mitochondrial DNA test in a lineage society application?

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Land records: an underused source in lineage research

Land records are often a "source of last resort" for genealogists. Rarely fully indexed, they require us locating and accessing a separate index book (called a grantor/grantee index); copying down the volumes and pages that apply to our ancestor; and then going into each volume to copy the appropriate pages. It's time consuming and often… Continue reading Land records: an underused source in lineage research

Lineage Society

Can I use mitochondrial DNA testing in a lineage society application?

First of all, what's mitochondrial DNA testing? Mitochondrial DNA testing (mtDNA testing) compares the mitochondrial DNA of a tester with that of anyone taking the same test. As with other tests, the tests compare only certain regions of the DNA in order to estimate an approximate relationship. As of right now, only FamilyTree DNA offers… Continue reading Can I use mitochondrial DNA testing in a lineage society application?

Revolutionary War history

The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships

Relevant laws and policies: 1776: The Hulks Act allowed the use of decommissioned ships as prisons. March 1777: "North's Act" suspended habeas corpus and allowed Americans to be prosecuted for treason/privacy. 1778: A policy set out the requirement that prisoners taken from a privateer were immediately to be jailed. 1779: Continental Congress moves to hold… Continue reading The HMS Jersey and the other Revolutionary War prison ships

Lineage Society

What’s a “Silver Book”?

You're working on an application to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants ("Mayflower Society"). Someone asks if you've checked the "Silver Books" yet. What do they mean? The "Silver Books" is a term used to describe a series of publications called "Mayflower Families through Five Generations." Each publication - which has a silver cover -… Continue reading What’s a “Silver Book”?