Not necessarily. A few societies have a very restricted list of qualifying ancestors. The Society of the Cincinnati is the prime example. In order to begin the membership application process, the ancestor needs to be available - which means you need to know under which ancestor you are applying. The General Society of Mayflower Descendants… Continue reading Do I need to have an ancestor identified before I start the lineage society membership process?
Working with a professional genealogist is a great way to get your application completed. I often get asked if there's anything a potential client can do to make the process easier. The answer is yes. Gather what records and family lore you are already have. Most people have their own birth and marriage certificates in… Continue reading I’d like to work with a professional genealogist. Is there anything I can do to save time or money before I contact them?
The short answer: yes! Historically, racism has limited the number of Indigenous ancestors documented by lineage societies. That is beginning to change. The Daughters of the American Revolution has made a concerted effort to document new patriots of all backgrounds. The society now offers a "Patriots of Color" database that provides resources to identify service… Continue reading Is it possible to honor an Indigenous ancestor through lineage society membership?
The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution maintain records of many of those who served in the American Revolution. This can include images of family Bibles, vital records, pensions and more. Yet, some ancestors aren't listed. Why? The files held by DAR and SAR were created when someone joined… Continue reading Why isn’t my Revolutionary War ancestor already on file?
Women's Societies: Daughters of the American Revolution (https://www.dar.org/): From “Who We Are” - The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.Open to women 18 and over. Members must be… Continue reading My ancestor served in the American Revolution. What lineage societies might my family be able to join?
In addition to the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Daughters of the American Revolution classifies three types of Revolutionary War "service": military, civil, and patriotic. Clients often wonder how I know they've assigned the wrong service to their ancestor. There are actually profiles of the "typical" ancestor with each kind of service. If… Continue reading Profiles of Service: What role did my ancestor play in the American Revolution?
It's often forgotten today, but in 1775 and 1776, most American colonists didn't start out with the goal of gaining independence. They wanted concessions from Britain about how the colonies were run. When they didn't get them, many moved towards declaring independence. For others, it was just too far. "Loyalist" is a term used to… Continue reading Was my Connecticut ancestor a Loyalist?
The Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution have a policy often referred to as the "Last Act" policy. In brief summary, that policy says that your ancestor's ability to be considered "qualifying" for either DAR or SAR is based on their documented last act - and that to qualify,… Continue reading My ancestor has been red lined because of the “Last Act” policy. How do I get their status updated?
The lineage society application process can feel overwhelming. However, if you have siblings joining together, there are ways to save time and money. If you're joining the same society, at the same time, ask about family plans. Some societies offer discounted application fees for multiple family members submit together. If you're joining the same local… Continue reading My siblings and I all want to join lineage societies. Are there ways to save time and money?
You're applying to the Colonial Dames, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution or another lineage society... You'd like to hire a professional genealogist to help with the application - but you're a little worried. Will they always be able to help? If that's your concern, there are a few… Continue reading Are there times when a professional genealogist won’t be able to help with my lineage society application?